A design of beehive stand to improve the keeping of bees in today’s climate and to help with varroa control, not forgetting the beekeeper’s back!
I have been giving a lot of thought to the design of a stand suitable for most modern beehives and which would be easy for the average DIY person to assemble.
The stand does not collect a load of rubbish under the floor, providing a breeding ground for wax moth, and can be made of a height to suit the beekeeper. The drawer, when not in use, can be kept under the roof which complies with the most up-to-date thinking that it is only used to collect varroa samples for one week in every five.
Materials required are obtainable from most good saw mills. All sizes in millimetres:
- 4 legs of wood 70 x 70 x 300
- 2 sides of wood 20 x 70 x 600
- 2 cross of wood 20 x 70 x 420
- 3 landing board 20 x 70 x 460
- 2 drawer runners 20x 20 x 460
- 2 side runners 5 x 20 x 460
- 4 side runners 20 x 20 x 437
- Ply (5 mm) 457 x 457
- 28 x 50 mm Phillips screws
- Evo-Stick Weatherproof Wood Adhesive
I use Great Barr Saw Mills in Great Barr, Birmingham, but any good saw mill can supply the wood cut accurately to size and many do not charge for cutting. I find that the use of a good power drill is ideal for driving in the screws and pre-drilling the holes.
The floor is a standard floor, bought in the flat, with the sides and end rebated and a varroa mesh floor of 380 x 380 mm. In areas where ants are a nuisance, stand the legs in a tin with creosote or oil to a depth of 50 mm.