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“Brother Adam” Feeder

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself ¬†PH.   Bro. Adam Bee Hive Feeder This design is fairly basic and was not necessarily invented by Bro. Adam, but it has become widely …

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Adhesives used in the making of Beekeeping Kit

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Adhesives (glue in common parlance) serve several functions in making beehives. They increase the stability and strength of joints …

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Branding and Smart Water

  The theft of hives is sadly as they become more valuable more common.   Brands are available commercially and can be used to mark both frames and hives. Another alternative worth exploring is smart water technology.   PH  

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Compound Mitre for Mounting Nucleus Bee Hives

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Compound Mitre for Mounting Nucleus Bee Hives The idea for this item was generated by L&RBKA member John Groocock. …

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Diagonal Miller Feeder National Hive

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH. Diagonal Miller Feeder National Hive This type of feeder was designed and developed by a man of that name. I …

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Diamond Hone

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Diamond Hone This “Diafold” device is made mainly of plastic and is built rather like a “butterfly knife”. tWhen …

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Dowels and Pegs

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Dowels and Pegs used in the making of Beekeeping Kit Mortice and tenon, dowels and pegs are traditional methods …

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Eke to suite National Bee Hives

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Eke to suite National Bee Hives An EKE can be as simple as four planks of wood 50 mm …

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Entrance Blocks for National Bee Hive Floors

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Entrance Reducer Nucleus Entrance Disc Entrances Anti Robbing Screen Entrance Blocks for National Bee Hive Floors In some parts …

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Floor for National Bee Hive

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Floor for National Bee Hive The Grain should run along the longest dimension of any part. Cutting of parts …

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Frame assembly

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Frame Wiring Correct Assembly of Bee Hive Frames This is a simple task that a beekeeper will repeat many …

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Gent Saw aka Dovetail

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   The Gent Saw or Dovetail Saw I do not know why the term ‘Gent’ is used here. It is …

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Gim pin removal tool

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Gimp Pin Remover Tack Lifter Tool… As Modified By Dave Cushman The standard tack lifter tool can be modified …

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Lid for Swarm box to turn it into starter box

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Lid for Swarm Boxes intended as cell starters This type of lid will fit both the standard and Marburg …

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Manley Frame:Making and waxing

  How to put one together.   PH

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Marburg SwarmBox

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Marburg Swarm Box The details given here are for the construction of a box that will carry six British …

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Nails tacks and sharp bits…

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Nails for Making Beekeeping Kit There are many kinds of nail in modern use… But fixings used for making …

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National Bee Hive ‘Crown Board’ or ‘Coverboard’

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   National Bee Hive ‘Crown Board’ or ‘Coverboard’ What our American friends call an ‘Inner Cover’ The crown board is …

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National Brood Box

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Brood Chamber for British Standard National Bee Hive ?Also known as a brood box, this is the box that …

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National Hive Stand

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Stands for National Bee Hives Many methods are used by beekeepers to raise their hives from damp ground or …

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National Roof

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Roof for National Bee Hive also known as an ‘outer cover’ This is shown upside down to show the …

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Open Mesh Bee Hive Floor with Removable Tray

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Open Mesh Bee Hive Floor with Removable Tray The Grain should run along the longest dimension of any part. …

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Open Mesh Floor to suit British National Bee Hive (OMF Floor)

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Open Mesh Floor to suit British National Bee Hive In America they call this a “Screened Bottom Board” The …

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Screws

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Woodscrews for Making Beekeeping Kit There are various types of wood screw that are becoming more popular in the …

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Section Crate for the British National Bee Hive

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Section Crate for the British National Bee Hive Section honey was a big thing before extracted honey became popular. …

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Side Bar jig for frames

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Frame Side Drilling Jig I prefer to wire my frames, rather than use pre wired foundation, particularly as I …

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Slip-Joint Adjustable Pliers

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Slip-Joint Adjustable Pliers This versatile tool will be more commonly found in a plumber’s toolkit, but I have used …

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Solar Wax Extractor

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Solar Powered Wax Extractor Solar wax extraction is popular with beekeepers as the energy source is free. Beekeepers are …

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Standard Swarm Box Lid

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Standard Swarm Box Lid The basic internal dimensions of the standard and Marburg versions of the swarm box are …

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System Zero Screw

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   System Zero Screws used in the making of Beekeeping Kit These are a special type of screw with an …

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The famour “500” Hive Barrow

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Hive Barrow or Hive Wheelbarrow During the early 1980s I kept my bees on the flat roof of a …

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Toggle Fasteners

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Toggle Fastener used on swarm boxes The Turkish and Thorne fasteners listed at left are heavy duty versions that …

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Toggle Fastner

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Toggle Type Bee Hive Fasteners Made in Turkey I am including this after some thought. In over 20 years …

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Wasp Trap

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Wasp Trap Known as “yellow jackets” in USA, The common wasp (Vespa Vulgaris) and the German wasp (Vespa (or …

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Wooden Wedges

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Wooden Wedge for use in manipulating bees A simple wooden wedge can make life easier when you are in …

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Z Springs

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website. PH.   Stainless Steel “Z” Springs, for hive clipping “Worth their weight in gold” These springs are readily available from the …

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