In this film we'll show you how to assemble a frame for a beehive. A super frame and a brood frame are very similar, so this guide can be used to construct either. We recommend using wax foundation in your frames, as this encourages the bees to build their hive in an ordered fashion.
Preparing The Parts
In this Guide we’ll show you how to assemble a frame for a beehive. A super frame and a brood frame are very similar, so this guide can be used to construct either. We recommend using wax foundation in your frames, as this encourages the bees to build their hive in an ordered fashion.
What You Will Need
Before you begin with this tutorial, you’ll need make sure you have all the individual parts ready. You can either pre-order these from a supplier, or manufacture them yourself. A free set of plans to do this can be downloaded here.
You will also need:
- A hammer.
- A craft knife.
- Some gimp pins.
- And a tri square.
Snapping The Top Section
To begin, take the top piece of the frame and snap off the removable section. You can do most of the work with your fingers, but usually it needs to be finished off with a craft knife
Attaching The Side Sections
Next, take one of the side sections, and push it into the notch at one end of the top section. Make sure the groove running along the length side section is facing inwards. Repeat on the opposite side.
You might need to gently tap them into place with a hammer.
Securing The Side Sections
Take a gimp pin, and drive it through the flat edge one of the side sections, so that it connects with the top section.
Repeat on the opposite side.
Checking Your Frame Is Square
At this point you might want to check that the frame is square against your tri-square.
Bracing The Frame
Take one of the bottom sections, and place it across one of the grooves on the bottom of the side sections. Make sure all the edges are lined up, taking care to keep the frame square. Drive one nail down through the bottom of each side section, attaching it to the bottom section.
Securing The Foundation
Now take your wax foundation. On the side with three protruding wire edges, bend the wire so that it’s positioned at right angle to the sheet of wax. There are two remaining wire protrusions on the other side of the foundation. Bend these right back around against the wax, as shown.
Inserting The Foundation
Now take the wax and slide it down into your frame. It should sit inside the grooves on the in-side of the side sections, and the right angle wire protrusions should now rest on the inside of the top section.
Reattaching The Top Section
Now take the removable part that you snapped off the top section earlier, and place it into the frame as shown.
Securing The Foundation
Put three nails into the removable section, attach-ing it back onto the top section. The nails should also hook through the bent wire protrusions, securely attaching the foundation to the frame.
Take the last remaining bottom section, and place it into the grooves on the side sections. Secure in place with a nail on either end.
This is how your finished frame should now look.