Plans for building a hive stand

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Plans for building a hive stand
A hive stand will help keep beehives protected from insects, rodents, and water. (bee bees apises beehive hive insect nature image by Pali A from

Building a beehive is a great way to produce your own honey and be engaged with nature. Providing a hive stand for your beehive can be essential to maintaining the proper care and upkeep of the beehive. With a few boards of wood, nails, a hammer and other tools, you can create a solid and practical hive stand in under an hour. This stand reaches 430 mm (17 inches) tall, as it is best to keep a hive at least 405 mm (16 inches) off the ground to inhibit insects and rodents from reaching the hive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2150 mm by 50 mm (7 foot 2 inch by 2 inch) boards (2)
  • 765 mm by 510 mm (30 inch by 20 inch) sheet of plywood, 12 mm (½ inch) thick
  • Saw (power or handsaw)
  • Hammer
  • 62 mm (2½ inch) nails (24)
  • 25 mm (1 inch) nails (8)
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Squaring tool

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  1. 1

    Measure the 2150 mm by 50 mm (7 foot 2 inch by 2 inch) boards with your measuring tape. Measure 765 mm (30 inches) from the end of one board and make a mark with your pencil. Measure 510 mm (20 inches) from that mark and then measure 430 mm (17 inches) twice after that. Mark with your pencil at each measurement. This should use the entire board. Repeat on the second board.

  2. 2

    Cut each board along the pencil marks, using either your power saw (recommended for a more exact cut) or handsaw. Each 2100 mm (7 foot) board is long enough to cut a 765 mm (30 inch) rail, a 510 mm (20 inch) rail, and two 430 mm (17 inch) legs. This gives you a total of four rails and four legs.

  3. 3

    Lay the two 765 mm (30 inch) boards down parallel on your workbench, 405 mm (16 inches) apart. Place the 510 mm (20 inch) boards perpendicularly on top of the ends of the 30-inch boards so the four boards make a rectangle. Make sure the ends of the boards fully overlap so the ends are flush to the sides.

  4. 4

    Use a squaring tool to make sure the boards are aligned correctly.

  5. 5

    Hammer one 62 mm (2½ inch) nail at each corner so the nail goes through both the 765 mm (30 inch) and the 510 mm (20 inch) boards. Measure one-half inch from the centre of the boards to determine where to place each nail.

  6. 6

    Flip the rectangle over. Nail in one more 62 mm (2½ inch) nail at each corner, one-half inch from the centre, in the opposite direction of the other nail. Having two nails at each corner on opposite sides of the frame will hold the rectangle firmly together.

  7. 7

    Place a 430 mm (17 inch) leg inside one corner of the rectangular frame, perpendicular to the 765 mm (30 inch) and 510 mm (20 inch) boards. Place the leg so that the 510 mm (20 inch) board will be below the 765 mm (30 inch) board when the stand is finished and standing upright. Hammer two 62 mm (2½ inch) nails through the leg and into the 765 mm (30 inch) board; hammer two more 510 mm (2½ inch) nails through the same leg and into the 510 mm (20 inch) board. Using two nails to attach the leg to both boards at each corner will make the leg sturdy. Duplicate this process at each corner for the remaining three legs.

  8. 8

    Place the 765 mm (30 inch) by 510 mm (20 inch) piece of 12 mm (½ inch) thick plywood across the top of the 765 mm (30 inch) boards. Make sure it is even and flush atop the 765 mm (30 inch) rails.

  9. 9

    Hammer two 25 mm (1 inch) nails at each corner, through the plywood and into the 765 mm (30 inch) board. Place the nails so they are approximately one-half inch apart, in the middle of the area where the plywood and the 765 mm (30 inch) board connect. Repeat this process for the other three corners. You should now have a firm hive stand that will hold one or two standard beehives.

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