FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS $75+

Introducing Our New Comb Joint

by Grace Manger August 17, 2016 5 Comments

Introducing Our New Comb Joint

There’s a reason we included “thinking” in our company name. Since day one, we haven’t stopped thinking of ways to design the strongest, smartest, most beautiful and efficient beekeeping products available. This means sweating the small stuff, including the joint that holds our boxes together.


So we listened to a lot of customer feedback, and did our own research. We examined all kinds of existing joints,
looking back over hundreds of years of woodworking techniques throughout the world . We ultimately took inspiration from the bees themselves to make a strong and efficient joint that we think you’ll love. Since the very beginning, our boxes have used interlocking finger joints; the industry standard for hive construction. This makes sense! Finger joints are strong, attractive, and suitable for most woodworking endeavors. But we couldn’t help but to explore any possible modifications to make our joints even better. 

Our new Comb Joint includes everything we love about the typical finger joint but is also specially designed to be sleeker, stronger, easier to assemble, more efficient, and longer lasting . Our new Comb Joint features interlocking semi-hexagonal pieces similar to honeycomb. We used this shape for the same reasons bees do: it’s highly efficient and it’s strong. The inset frame rest leaves no weak points, making for an incredibly strong box from top to bottom.

With approximately 9% less end grain exposed compared to a traditional finger joint, there's less area for wood to seep in and damage your hive.

The joint is milled using a CNC machine, which is five times more accurate than a traditional hauncher, allowing us to get the perfect cut every single time. Assembly of our new boxes is quicker and simpler with miniscule opportunity for error. We want beekeepers, novice and experienced, to spend less time setting up and more time keeping bees!

Finally, we know that appearance matters with any addition to your home or garden, and we take that seriously! Our new design is sleek, compelling, modern, and completely unique. It is sure to add something special to your yard or apiary.

We have spent endless hours in our workshop and are extremely proud of what we designed. We will continue to invest in our mill, using the latest woodworking technology to craft products that make the beekeeping experience even more special. We’re confident that you, too, will love the latest generation of precision milled joinery leaving our mill in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

More about the comb joint below

 

 

 

Grace Manger
Grace Manger


5 Responses

Wendell Ching
Wendell Ching

August 19, 2016

Bee Thinking = such a good “label” for honey bees, their hives and their products. The results of owning bees are “food for thought”……..inner energy and so forth. We in Hawaii do not have any winter months…..it is the same weather for the whole year. Thus, I think the hives can be more ventilated. I am a backyard beekeeper of two hives, for about a year and few months.

Steve
Steve

August 18, 2016

Are the new boxes compatible with the older design?

Emmet Gardner
Emmet Gardner

August 18, 2016

Looks great. I agree the visual aspect is important especially if we are to encourage more back yard bee keepers.
All the best
www.newbeeman.net

Mickey Deaton
Mickey Deaton

August 17, 2016

Impressive

Paul murphy
Paul murphy

August 17, 2016

Will the comb joint be available on the Warre hives as well?

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

News & Updates

Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …