The Comb Joint

Honoring tradition, while maintaining modern aesthetic and design practices, is what we do best. That’s why we designed our unique comb joint, an upgrade from the traditional finger joint traditionally used to make hive boxes. Our signature comb joint makes for stronger, more efficient, and more striking hives. We’ve been so excited to share the news; you may have already heard about our new and improved joinery. Let’s get down to what makes this joint so special.

One of the biggest components that makes our boxes and joinery so special is that they are made using a CNC machine, which is a state-of-the-art piece of milling equipment that is far more accurate than a traditional hauncher. “CNC” stands for Computer Numeric Control. This means the machine’s movements are operated through specific numerical commands entered into a computer, as opposed to manually controlled wheels and levers. This level of precision allows us to get the perfect cut every time, meaning our boxes fit together easily and securely. We know that most of our customers buy our boxes unassembled, and this kind of precision makes assembly a cinch. 

The new comb joint also has 9% less exposed end grain in comparison to a standard finger joint. If you’ve never heard of end grain before, end grain refers to the end of the board where the wood was cut. It’s also where water could seep into your hive and cause damage. 9% May not seem like a lot at first glance, but considering there are four corners per box and multiple boxes per hive, this 9% can make a big difference. This significant decrease of exposed end grain makes for a more weather-resistant hive, meaning it will last you and your bees for many more years to come.

Lastly, bees inspire us every day, including when we hit the wood working table. We designed this semi-hexagonal shape to mimic a comb cell—a shape bees instinctively employ for its strength and efficiency.

Don’t forget that our 20% off Hive and Harvest Sale is still going on! Additionally, our pine hives are 25% right now! This is the best time to get your own box with comb joints and see our new and improved joinery for yourself.

Watch below to learn even more about the comb joint from Bee Thinking co-founder, Matt Reed!


Grace Manger
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4 Comments

Bee Thinking
Bee Thinking

September 15, 2016

Nick- yes! We are working on ways to incorporate the comb joint into our other hives currently. Stay tuned!

Devin- Thanks so much for the support!

Nick Rayl
Nick Rayl

September 11, 2016

Are you going to make Warre hives with comb joints? Looks like a great design.

Devin Koser
Devin Koser

September 09, 2016

Last name correction to Devin Koser, not Koset please… Thanks! ✌

Devin Koset
Devin Koset

September 09, 2016

Great job Matt and team on the comb joint and making the bee industry and do it yourselfers a priority with high quality and adequate cost conscience for the consumer. I’ve talked with Matt before and saw him on Shark tank and seen how well and successful he had been since… Keep up the great work team!!!!!

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