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Langstroth Hive Assembly Hints

posted Feb 27, 2011, 2:39 PM by T Sandoval
There is a very informative (if slightly monotonous) series of videos on YouTube detailing the the assembling of the Langstroth hive.  Starting with the frames and finishing with the hive parts themselves.

I would like to put all four videos right here in one place for easy access for our members.

Some initial tips for assembling hived bodies...

  • Many people find it helpful to pre-drill pilot holes for the nails in hive bodies (I personally recommend 3/32" drill bit, but a 7/64" is ok too.), especially in boxes with finger joints.  This can help to prevent splitting the wood. (This is demonstrated in the videos.)
  • It might be of help to check the box is "squared" from both the inside and the outside measurements.  Sometimes hive boxes can warp a bit and checking square from only one side can be mis-leading.
  • Make sure to use galvanized "shiny" nails or screws as the hives are outside and exposed to moisture, potentially causing rust to the nails or screws.

Without further ado, please enjoy this 4 part video series on Langstroth hive assembly by the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah.

Video 1

YouTube Video

Video 2

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Video 3
Assembling the actual boxes begins at 5:03 into the video, for those wanting to fast forward.

YouTube Video

Video 4

YouTube Video