Make this permanent/portable hive stand for cheap or free.
For under ten dollars you can build a sturdy hive stand that can be used in either a permanent or portable situation. Since it uses relatively short pieces of lumber, sometimes you can find scraps and make one free. I have made several of these and use them as portable stands moving them around as I perform hive inspections. Along the way… they sometimes get used in a more permanent way when the unexpected happens and a stand is needed for a captured swarm or an unexpected, but necessary, spring split.
5/4″ x 6″ x 12′ treated deck lumber (#2 lowest grade)- qty. 1
2″ x 4″ x 8′ treated lumber – qty. 1
2 1/2″ nails or ~ 2″ screws – about 36
You’re going to make several 18″ cuts so if you have a table or radial arm saw set it for 18 inches first. If you don’t have either then that’s okay too – any saw will work.
Cut the 2”X4″ into 4 leg pieces each measuring 18″ (you’ll have a piece left)
Using the 5/4″ x 6″ lumber cut an additional two 18″ pieces.
Reset your saw to 24″ and cut the remaining 5/4″ lumber into 4 pieces. (you will have a short piece remaining).
The 2″x4″s are your legs. Make a sandwich by nailing two of the 24″ pieces to sandwich two 18″ legs. A carpenter’s square helps keep things perpendicular but not absolutely necessary. (don’t overcomplicate it; do one side, turn it over and repeat.)
Make another sandwich using the remaining 24″ pieces and 18″ leg pieces.
On a flat concrete surface, stand and connect the two sandwiched pieces using the remaining 5/4″ x 6″ x 18″ pieces by nailing them them to the sides joining the sandwiches. Your stand should now be complete and level.
Our neighbor had some used chimney blocks. Plenty of my beekeeping buddies use regular concrete blocks under their hives. These chimney blocks are near square, at 2 high, they make a sturdy enclosed hive stand with no side openings for critters or bugs. They’re streamlined and good looking, and, of course, free.
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