Saturday, May 23, 2015

Supers

I have a stack of medium supers waiting behind my hives to use as tall shims for when the flow abates and I need to feed the bees.   Eric built these for me.  He built a great jig for the handles.  Handles are good. 

I put a jar of 1:1 sugar syrup upside down over the screened opening in the center of my inner covers and then one of these supers around it.   It protects the jar, the bees can't build comb in it and when the bees are ready to start making me lots of honey, I can put frames in them and use them for honey supers.     I can put extra frames in them for storage if I need to - the jars are about 3 frames width, so I can still store 6-7 frames in each box if I needed to. 

2 comments:

  1. Awesome looking supers! I'd like to know more about the jig to cut the handles. I've seen table saw and circular saw jigs, but they can leave rounded/flared sides to the handles. The left/right sides of the handles in your picture look squared. How did you do it? Is it a double-top-secret jig? Any clues? :)

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    1. Not secret, but I'm kind of ignorant about the details. I'm pretty sure he uses a wedge shaped jig and then cuts the handles using a circular saw...? He moves the cutter up the wedge and the wedge forces the tool up and out. I don't know if he started at the deep end or shallow and I can't remember how he fixed the jig to the super. He's got a router, too, and both tools were out when he was finishing the boxes. I'll ask him and see if I can't get more details.

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