Top Bar Hive Plans

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Build your own Bee Thinking top bar hive using our step-by-step plans! Our professionally designed, full-color plans cover everything you'll need to make the best top bar hive for your bees. 21 pages.


  • Plan overview
  • Tool list
  • Wood choice
  • Sourcing materials
  • Cut list
  • Hardware and parts list
  • Sealing and painting
  • Top bar hive nucleus box plans

Option 1 - Construction Plans

Construction plans available immediately in digital PDF form.

Option 2 - Construction plans AND Hardware

Construction plans in physical print form, as well as all of the required hardware to assemble your hive.

  • Screws
  • Nuts
  • Bolts
  • Washers
  • Bushings
  • Hinges
  • Latch

Note: Does not include plexiglass for window, or #8 hardware cloth if you plan to build an optional screened bottom. 

Option 3 - Construction plans, Hardware, AND Precision-milled Top Bars

Includes everything in options 1 and 2, PLUS 28 precision-milled, one piece, pine wedge top bars - The most difficult and dangerous part of the hive to construct if you only have access to a table saw. We make the best bars on the market, dramatically improving straight comb construction. We HIGHLY recommend using our bars.

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Mark L.

    very happy anplesed with quility

    very happy anplesed with quility

    Rick W.

      Bars were smooth, straight and

      Bars were smooth, straight and well made

      Paul L.

        Very detailed plans, easy to

        Very detailed plans, easy to follow! And also, best customer service ever. Thanks!!!

        Rob A.

          Nice design, detailed plans BUT its in Imperial measurements!

          These plans are a very good design, easy to follow. But why-oh-why when you post international do you not have a metric option??? The entire rest of the world (apart from Liberia) is metric. We don't work with antiquated units like 3/16 of an inch or the length of a parson's nose. Please make a metric version for non-US and non-Liberia buyers.

          Sarah B.

            Only complaint was the blue

            Only complaint was the blue print was too small. Some of the numbers on the angles are too hard to read. Obtaining the plans, customer service, etc, was wonderful!

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