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These are a couple of Ob Hives the students and I built in 2011 for the school! Fully assembled English type. [attachment=1856:name] 5 Frame nuc underneath with the single frame in the observation panel. [attachment=1857:name] Observation panel open allowing the glass to slide out and you can see the ventilation in the lid. [attachment=1858:name] Entrance/Exit is open. [attachment=1859:name] Entrance/Exit is closed securely. [attachment=1860:name] Observation panel open with front glass removed and frame showing the Queen Excluder which keeps here in the top observation panel. [attachment=1861:name] This ob' hive is easy to run as a nuc all year you just replace the Ob' panel with a nuc hive mat and nuc roof.

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This is the second type we built more American based. [attachment=1866:name] Feeding Panel Closed [attachment=1863:name] Feeding panel open. [attachment=1862:name] Feeding with inverted jar feeder lolol.... [attachment=1864:name] Entrance/Exit open. [attachment=1865:name] Very narrow Ob Hive needing a wide heavy base for stability also awkward to transport! [attachment=1867:name] Been filled with four frames. [attachment=1868:name]

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[quote name='Greywulff'] Observation panel open with front glass removed and frame showing the Queen Excluder which keeps here in the top observation panel. [ATTACH=full]1218[/ATTACH] This ob' hive is easy to run as a nuc all year you just replace the Ob' panel with a nuc hive mat and nuc roof.[/quote] These are things of beauty and high utility. The 'english' one in mahogany looks like a 19th C pharmacist's kit. Gorgeous. Cheers

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Thanks Roger (y)..... My timber work needs a bit of fine tuning as I'm sure you can see. Would love to build one like this [attachment=1870:name] with an external entrance / exit..... What does a 19th c Pharmacist kit look like

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[quote="phill-k, post: 11616, member: 128"]Love to see them tenanted[/quote] The last photo is tenanted but so much cooler in the flesh...

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Congratulation, beautiful OB hives. I'm more and more excited to make one myself too(maybe next summer). Did you have any cover for those OB hives? I mean the bees want darkness so you'll remove the covers only when people watch the bees.

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There is nothing wrong with your woodworking! You got great skills!(y) [quote name='Greywulff'] [ATTACH=full]1232[/ATTACH] with an external entrance / exit..... [/quote] Any chance you got the plans for this one or have you just got the picture? I'll give it a go building one of those!;)

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[quote name='Greywulff']Just the picture but that's how the other two were born as well, just need the time.[/quote] spare time? :rofl: good one M8!

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[quote name='Roger']These are things of beauty and high utility. The 'english' one in mahogany looks like a 19th C pharmacist's kit. Gorgeous. Cheers[/quote] I thought to myself "theres a great use for those ugly old pieces of mahogany future people are selling off , upcycled ob hives"

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[quote name='dansar']I thought to myself "theres a great use for those ugly old pieces of mahogany future people are selling off , upcycled ob hives"[/quote] I await with anticipation to see your results:D

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You are welcome to work with Mahogany Dansar. I would go with a nice NZ native. Totara for the Waikato would be ideal.

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[quote="Trevor Gillbanks, post: 11743, member: 72"]You are welcome to work with Mahogany Dansar. I would go with a nice NZ native. Totara for the Waikato would be ideal.[/quote] True, would look awesome in Totara. Not a cheap timber though!

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[quote name='Pbee']True, would look awesome in Totara. Not a cheap timber though![/quote] Plenty available if you mill it yourself as I do.

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[quote="Trevor Gillbanks, post: 11750, member: 72"]Plenty available if you mill it yourself as I do.[/quote] M8 :D Totara is not cheap in Auckland - can tell you that! I have made a dining room table 4ft x 8ft with pews and used 1/2 m3. Had to pay an arm and a leg for the timber!

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Yes. Native is around $4000 m3 I recover a lot of timber from the river. Have a look at my Avatar. Totara. 25m long 1.8m dia at base. 1.2 m at 25m mark. The photo is the log 3 m up from butt. A seriously big log. It took 3 weekend to mill the log into table to slabs 70mm thick Damned hard work. but a great reward.

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[quote="Trevor Gillbanks, post: 11757, member: 72"] Damned hard work. but a great reward.[/quote] When I was living out in Piha, a freak wind had taken down 3 Macrocarpa on the property. Not as big as your Totara! Took us a day to set up and a week to mill all 3 trees. INSANE amount of work! But the slabs we got were massive. Wet timber is very heavy!!!:confused: And then you have to wait years and years to let them dry before you can use them. I DO understand why timber is so expensive!!!!;)

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Cheers Trevor! Hard part of the setup, we had to get a Bulldozer to pull them around on the drive to get the guides in place! You sure are one who knows the game!!!!:D

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