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Frame Groove Cleaning 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.



Frame Groove Cleaning Tool
for cleaning wax and propolis from frame grooves
Drawing of Groove Cleaning Tool. This version was designed by myself about 1980.


The handle is described and dimensioned on the page Wooden Handle

The tip itself…

Groove Tool Tip The material is a high carbon content steel wire 3 mm in diameter. (Mine came from a ball bearing manufacturer.)

Bend to shape at red heat, using a gas torch, vice and pliers.

Grind cutting edges on a grindstone, but not so sharp as the tip will “jag” in use or dig into the wood grain. Once the tip has worn a little you will find it a very quick and easy method as the blunt edge ‘skates’ on the wood surface in the bottom of the groove.

Another thing that helps this groove cleaning operation, is a cool or cold ambient temperature. A frosty winter’s day does have some uses in beekeeping!


Trust DC to invent a tool for the simplest of jobs. The corner of your hivve tool might do the same as would a small flat tipped screwdriver.



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