After building all my swarm traps, I knew that I needed some frames to go into them. I wanted to use frames in my swarm traps so the bees don't actually build comb on the roof of the trap, but rather on the frame. Frames, even though they are .75 cents a piece from my local dealer, are not that cheap when you start adding them up. .75 each x 5 per trap x 15 traps, a grand total of $56.25. This is not what I want to spend considering I still have to buy and build 100 of them for my hives.
I grabbed the pallet, put it in the back of the pickup, and brought it home to be put to good use later.
I made a couple of cuts down the center of the bar, to give me 3/16" space to add a piece of corrugated plastic for the starter strip.
Cut the starter strip, from some old political signs. I used some more of the cigarette signs I had left over from building the swarm traps.
Secure the starter strip in place with nails, to keep the strip from falling out after comb has been built on it. I used three, one on either side and one in the middle.
The next step I did was to nail a couple nails on either end, on the same side, of the bar. This will act as a spacer for the following top bar to be placed. These nails are set and left protruding out 1/4". This isn't normally needed because the side bars have the 1/4" spacers built in but since mine are tops only I went ahead and put them on so beespace wouldn't be compromised. This was not my idea, but yet another trick I got from Rob Overton's site. He actually uses staples on his complete frames.
|Clicking on this will show you better the two "spacer nails" on either end.|
And here they are all in place in the swarm trap. You can see the "spacer nails" working.
This, surprisingly, didn't take very long to do. I got home at 4:00 today and was finished with all the cutting by 6:30. It was a fun project, but not something that should be done by someone with less than average carpentry skills. There is just a lot of tedious cuts involved on a table saw which can be dangerous when your doing something this repetitive.
I hope you enjoyed reading this. It was fun building them and fun to tell you about the experience.