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DIY Bee Hive part 3

Posted: September 27, 2017 in Other Projects

In two previous posts called Building Bee Hives and DIY Beehive – Finger Joints I explained how this project got started and how I set up a jig to create consistent finger joints. Once I had this jig set up, building the deep and medium supers were pretty simple and straight forward.

The final parts of the project were to build the base, top and lid.

The lid goes on top of the boxes and under the top. There is a small 1 inch hole to allow ventilation.

I still need to paint the whole thing white and cover the top with tin. I will finish that up closer to spring when I will actually put bees in the hive.

In the previous post Building Beehives, I shared how having my own bees is something I have also been interested in.

In this post I will show how I made finger joints using a stacked dado head cutter on my table saw. While this method isn’t original to me, it was the simplest method I could find.

The wood I am working with is 3/4 inch thick so each of my fingers in the joints will be 3/4 inch. So I made a jig that would help me keep each finger of the joint consistent.


You will see in the picture above I have a piece of stock 3/4 inch thick glued into the jig. The jig is slid over and clamped to create a gap between the blade and the piece of stock that is 3/4 inch wide.

You stand the board on its end and clamp it to the jig.

I have already cut this piece but to show how the jig works, you run the board through the saw and then move it over.

You keep moving the board over until all of the fingers are cut.

I put together the first deep brood box with some minor adjustments. I learned that if the jig moves even a little, it will throw off how the fingers line up. But a little chisel work makes it fit nice and tight.

I glued and clamped the box and added the handles on the ends that will allow me to lift the box easily from the base.

Up next I will make the base and lid.

Building Beehives

Posted: September 10, 2017 in Other Projects
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Honey bees are something I have been curious about for as long as I can remember. My interest began when my dad used to talk about raising bees with his grandfather. But honey bees aren’t something you just step into.

Recently a friend of mine, who also had an interest in bees, bought a couple of hives and we began discussing our common  interest. There are many bee keeping suppliers but I really wanted to build my own hives.

So my friend bought me this book.

As they should be the plans are very detailed and easy to follow.

I started by cutting all of my pieces to size first. Mainly because I didn’t want to switch back and forth between a single blade and a stacked dado head that is needed to make the finger joints. 

In the next post I will put together the base and begin the deep boxes.

All of the parts for Schwinn Stingrays are pretty available online but they are not cheap. It is not so much that the parts are expensive but you can quickly get more invested in these bikes than they are worth, especially the reproduction bikes.

We decided to change our plans and put the green bike back on Craigslist with some of it cleaned up.


We got several calls about the bike. We ended up selling to bike to a guy for $45. This guy, like most, had several muscle bikes and was looking to add to his collection. He planned to keep it so it didn’t matter to him how much he would end up investing in it to restore it.

After selling both bikes we ended up making $35. While it seems like a lot of hassle for a little bit of money, we enjoy getting to tinker around.

We still have the rear slick from the blue bike to sell which will probably add another $10 to our profits.

6 weeks or so ago while looking through Craigslist, which we do on a regular basis, we came across a listing for 2 reproduction Stingrays that looked pretty bad. We contacted the owner and negotiated a price and bought both bikes for $30.



We quickly learned that the reproduction bikes are not the same quality as the originals. So the plan was to part out both bikes and see if we could make some money.

We started with the blue bike. Nathan stripped the bike down to the frame and cleaned up the cranks. We posted it on eBay and ended up selling the frame and some extra parts for $30. After some extra shipping costs we came out $20 ahead. After discussing whether we should take the same path with the green bike, we decided to try something different.

If we can find the parts online we need, why not restore it ourselves? It would be more work but that is our favorite part. The first step is to see what will clean up and we started with the front fork because that is the coolest part of the bike.


The front fork comes a part making it pretty easy to work with. After polishing and cleaning it actually cleaned up better than we thought.


Our plan is to clean the bike up and get it running. We will continue to look for extra parts and see what happens.

This project has not been complex by any stretch but it has been fun bringing this old bike back to life.

The only thing I had to replace on the bike was the rear tire. I decided to buy an after market tire instead of an original Schwinn mainly because of the price. I was really only going for the right look with the whitewall. The tire I bought wasn’t a slick but the profile had the look I wanted. Plus it was only $20 instead of $100.

After the tire and tube arrived, it was merely a matter of putting on the rear tire, putting the chain back together and putting the chain guard back on.

I think the bike came out much better than I expected.







The rims seemed to be in pretty bad shape so I did some research online to find the most effective way to clean them. I was surprised to find the solution most used was Coke and aluminum foil. I figured I had nothing to lose so I gave it a try.


The process was simple – pour some of the soda on the rims and then use the foil just like sandpaper. Some of the tougher areas I had to go over twice but the results were amazing.

I started with the front wheel.


Quite a difference when compared the rear wheel which I still have to work on.


Even though it was tedious work I was very pleased with how it turned out.