I have been making beehives out of old pallets. I've built about 14 now. I had planned on building 100 but the process is just too time consuming.
However, if you are broke and want to get into beekeeping, then this is a way to build something great out of something free.
Now before I get started, there will be a lot of naysayers who will start talking about poisoned pallets and the such. This is not a real issue. In fact, I have used the unpainted type of pallets and have not had one ill-effect from them... well other than possibly Hive Beetles but I fixed that too.
The only two things you need to do to use pallet wood is:
1) Stagger the joints on the front vs the sides. I do this by simply cutting one of the side boards in half longways, and then placing half at the top of the box and the other at the bottom.
|Mabel got cold but refused to quit|
By the way, I already had all my pallets taken apart, so it only took me 2 hours to build 3 deep suppers.
As for me, I think I am going to just start buying lumber. I have a little more money this year than I have had in the past, and so the expense won't be too much of a burden. The time saved will be more than worth it.
The most important thing about this blog, is that I finally got back in the wood shop and back to working towards building my bee business.