This is an old tutorial that I discovered years back when I first wanted to start beekeeping. I decided to share it here for any new/aspiring bee keepers. This tutorial includes how to build everything in a basic Langstroth hive except for the hive's cover and frames (which I will leave links for).
•Hammer (and finishing nails)
•Wood must be 3/4" thick.
•10-Frame Bee Hive Lid (https://bit.ly/2XSdHDn)
•20- Deep Super Frames (https://bit.ly/2VvAbwt)
Step 1: Building the Supers
A deep super consists of 4 boards. The two side boards measuring 19 7/8" . The two end boards measuring 16 1/4". All boards should be 9 5/8" in height.
Nail these boards together to complete the box. Repeat 2x.
(TIP: When nailing boards together use a cinder block edge to keep a 90 degree angle)
Step 2: Cut Notches at the Tops of Each Box
On the two side boards of each box you will need to cut a notch so the frames can sit evenly and boxes/lids can lie level.
To do this, measure 3/8" in from the top outside edge of the board and make a mark. Measure 5/8" down from the top inside edge and make a mark.
Cut out a notch using these lines as reference. (For cleanest cuts, I recommend using a dremel with a small cutting wheel attachment).
Step 3: Beehive Base
Cut a piece of 3/4" thick plywood to 21 5/8" in length and 15 1/2" in width. Side rails (also 3/4" thick) will be 22" in length, make two of these. The rear rail (3/4" thick) will be 15 1/2" in length. Once you have cut all of your wood, nail together all of your rails. Measure 1 inch down from each rail and make a line. Hammer in finish nails along this line so you can rest your plywood bottom in the middle. Secure the bottom with wood glue or more nails.
Step 4: Frames
Each box can hold 10 frames. Slide in the frames you bought as shown in the picture.
Step 5 (Optional): Paint
Painting your beehive is optional. If do decide to do it I recommend a bright color, preferably white, to protect the hive from over heating.
Once you set on the top cover you bought you will be finished.
Edited by AntPhycho, April 28 2019 - 9:20 PM.