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In 2014 we will be building 15 new bee hives using a design developed by Don Studinski.
These hives are simpler to build than the Warre's we have been building and we can use commercially produced frames because the dimensions are those of a standard Langstroth medium box: 6 5/8 X 13 3/4 X 19 7/8.
We are going with 8 frame mediums because they are small enough to be handled when full of honey. We are using a top entrance, based on the experience of Michael Bush who believes it makes it easier for the bees to regulate hive temperatures. It also makes the bottom board really simple.
As always, our goal is design for ease of construction and using readily available materials efficiently. The number of hives we will build is determined by the pieces we can cut from 8 sheets of 4X8 plywood leaving almost no waste.
Following are the step by step instructions: