What did you do in the 'workshop' today

Beekeeping & Apiculture Forum

Help Support Beekeeping & Apiculture Forum:

W0otz 

New Bee
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Sep 10, 2020
Messages
31
Reaction score
34
Location
Ashford, Kent
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
1
Started "fixing" the SN1s that came with my hive by 3D printing some adapters to convert them to SN4. Glueing the adapters to the sidebars, then nailing as usual when assembling a frame. More effort up front, but I don't fancy using regular plastic spacers; I can see myself losing them all the time.
IMG_20210611_162858.jpg

As an aside, I see Thorne "Bees on a budget" kits now have the option of 12 SN4 frames per super rather than 10 SN1 for an extra fiver. Much better!
 

pargyle 

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Oct 16, 2012
Messages
12,840
Reaction score
2,871
Location
Fareham, Hampshire UK
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
Started "fixing" the SN1s that came with my hive by 3D printing some adapters to convert them to SN4. Glueing the adapters to the sidebars, then nailing as usual when assembling a frame. More effort up front, but I don't fancy using regular plastic spacers; I can see myself losing them all the time.
View attachment 26659

As an aside, I see Thorne "Bees on a budget" kits now have the option of 12 SN4 frames per super rather than 10 SN1 for an extra fiver. Much better!
It's a natty idea and credit to you for designing and printing them - but - forgive me ... they are super frames - why did you not just buy some castellations ? ... Cheap as chips and they space the frames to whatever you want (9 or 10 are both available). ? I always use castellations in my supers ... lots of advantages and very few downsides (if any).
 

W0otz 

New Bee
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Sep 10, 2020
Messages
31
Reaction score
34
Location
Ashford, Kent
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
1
It's a natty idea and credit to you for designing and printing them - but - forgive me ... they are super frames - why did you not just buy some castellations ? ... Cheap as chips and they space the frames to whatever you want (9 or 10 are both available). ? I always use castellations in my supers ... lots of advantages and very few downsides (if any).
Mostly just because I can! SN4s work in castellations or on rails but SN1s on rails need careful spacing. With just a couple of hives the cost difference between xN1 and xN4 is fairly negligible, especially buying seconds, so I'd always buy self spacing frames.
So without adapters to keep my frames consistent these SN1s will sit in the garage and never see the light of day because I'll always opt for SN4s instead.

I've just noticed that Thorne sell adapters and they're cheaper than printing them Hoffman Converter Clips x 50. But where's the fun in that...
 

BigAshW 

House Bee
Joined
Oct 29, 2013
Messages
295
Reaction score
155
Location
Romford
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
10
Converted an old five frame nuc into a 2/3 frame mating nuc. Have some virgins coming from up north in a week or two so will be using these to get them mated.
 

Attachments

sean-a 

House Bee
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Apr 17, 2014
Messages
335
Reaction score
17
Location
Warwick
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
7
I have 3 versions of bee barrows in different apiaries. I find that real "builders" barrows are preferable to the garden type as they don't flex so much under load.
My favourite can take 2 full hives at a time which is useful when moving them to another apiary ( less trips across the field) but I have been known to take 8 full supers but that was along a smooth path!
I nearly hit a real builders barrow last year, lying in the middle of the road in the middle of nowhere...at night painted black.
moved it to the side of the road and gone by morning....wish I had taken it with me now!
 

Little_bees 

Field Bee
Joined
Feb 6, 2019
Messages
608
Reaction score
361
Location
Essex
Hive Type
national
SN4s work in castellations or on rails but SN1s on rails need careful spacing. With just a couple of hives the cost difference between xN1 and xN4 is fairly negligible, especially buying seconds, so I'd always buy self spacing frames.
So without adapters to keep my frames consistent these SN1s will sit in the garage and never see the light of day because I'll always opt for SN4s instead.
I always use 9 frames in a super, once drawn.
SN4s would need the same careful spacing as SN1s.
 

W0otz 

New Bee
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Sep 10, 2020
Messages
31
Reaction score
34
Location
Ashford, Kent
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
1
I always use 9 frames in a super, once drawn.
SN4s would need the same careful spacing as SN1s.
At 9 drawn frames in a super SN4s would indeed need the same careful spacing, but the they can go into castellations just fine. The other way round though, in a box of new, undrawn, frames, SN1s on rails need spacers of some kind (or a finely calibrated mk1 eyeball) whereas SN4s "just work".
 

drdrday 

House Bee
Joined
May 2, 2018
Messages
358
Reaction score
279
Location
Nr Maidstone, Kent, UK
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
2 + 2 nucs
What did I do in the workshop today... nothing.😐
Getting hold of timber is becoming too tricky to bother with right now. Despite the fact I really wanted to make up some more folding stands.
 

Swn58 

House Bee
Joined
Oct 30, 2014
Messages
464
Reaction score
321
Location
Birmingham
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Less than 1.....more than 20!
It's a natty idea and credit to you for designing and printing them - but - forgive me ... they are super frames - why did you not just buy some castellations ? ... Cheap as chips and they space the frames to whatever you want (9 or 10 are both available). ? I always use castellations in my supers ... lots of advantages and very few downsides (if any).
Maybe it's 'cos he has a fantastic toy that makes just about anything he wants!? I'd LOVE to have one! :LOL: I think that my partner may have things to say about that though? :oops:
 

Latest posts

Top