Ever since we got the bees I’ve been wanting to build a better stand for the hive. Something that would let us use the varroa board we have and have a smaller attack surface to defend from ants. Something that looks nicer that some cinder blocks and an old concrete valve box. What I came up with is this:
I mortised the legs for the cross members so I could make the stance of the stand as wide as possible and add a little strength. The horizontal piece that runs down the center of the top is there to support our varroa board, or whatever other tray we may need to slide under the hive. The holes in the long sides were something of a last-minute idea. Liz is at a Waldorf conference in Atlanta this week, and she is attending some bee keeping classes there. They demoed some tools, one of which was a contraption that allows you to more easily move hives by temporarily clamping handles onto them. I was thinking about that and decided to add the holes for running a 1″ dowel (or pipe, or broomhandle, or whatever) through, providing handles on each side of the hive when you need to move it. Not sure how well it works, but it was easy enough to add now, and doing something like that later would be tough. We’re likely to need to move the hive in the near future, even if only temporarily so I can install a window in the shed. We’ll see how my idea works then.
And here it is with the hive installed:
Looks pretty good if I do say so myself! If there is any interest, I will draw up some plans and post them. I think the next revision will integrate the bottom board into the stand itself, hopefully providing even more stability and a more polished look.