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Cypress for hive building.... want some?

  • 18-03-2021 3:45pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭ timfromtang


    Hi All,
    I am a long time lurker on this forum, i post regularly though on the forestry and woodcraft forums. I've a sawmill in the yard and such..



    I have some 3 tons or so of nice Cypress logs. I understand that the timber (heartwood only) is very rot resistant and nicely scented, and that it is widely considered suitable for hive building.


    Would any of you like some boards for hive building?
    What sizes will suit?
    I am planning to build some Warré hives with some of it.
    It would be a shame to see such nice wood end up as post and rail fencing or suchlike.


    tim


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  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭ Flipperdipper


    Hi Tim, I'm hoping to build two or three new hives, national, this year to replace the couple that I have. It would help to know what county you're in, I'm in Wexford, if you're close I'd definitely be interested.


  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭ timfromtang


    Hi Tim, I'm hoping to build two or three new hives, national, this year to replace the couple that I have. It would help to know what county you're in, I'm in Wexford, if you're close I'd definitely be interested.




    I'm in Westmeath. What board sizes would typically be used? I'd say shipping might be easy enough.
    tim


  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭ Flipperdipper


    225mm X 18mm for brood box and 150mm X 18mm for the supers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭ timfromtang


    225mm X 18mm for brood box and 150mm X 18mm for the supers.


    What length are the sides of the boxes? boards can be supplied in a multiple of this length to minimise waste.

    Planed or plain sawn?

    tim


  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭ Flipperdipper


    What length are the sides of the boxes? boards can be supplied in a multiple of this length to minimise waste.

    Planed or plain sawn?

    tim

    2 x 460mm and 2 424mm long, these dimensions are for national hives which I use, there are lots of others in use. I know people who use planed and others who use sawn. I don't think the bees care much either way.:)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭ timfromtang


    2 x 460mm and 2 424mm long, these dimensions are for national hives which I use, there are lots of others in use. I know people who use planed and others who use sawn. I don't think the bees care much either way.:)




    Multiples of 1 meter length boards would suit so,
    thank you very much,
    I'll go ahead and saw some in these sizes and stack em to dry
    tim


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,243 ✭✭✭ victor8600


    For you information, plans for some of the popular hives (with dimensions) are available at Dave Cushman's website. For example, the National hive brood box dimensions are http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/natbrood.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,395 ✭✭✭ Thud


    Only seeing this now Tim, did you sell all the boards?
    i see you built a hive yourself, any pictures?


  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭ timfromtang


    yes we built a warre hive, i've lots of cypress available.
    very busy with other forestry work at the moment, I'll be sawing more cypress in the next few weeks.
    tim


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