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.

Includes

  • 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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RS
01/06/2017
Ryan S.
United States

Bee hive top bar plans

It was Fairly simple with basic woodworking experience. Great support and products. Highly recommended. On the other side a note on the length of the hive body. I wasn't sure if I skimmed to quickly and missed it but I made a 20 degree cut on one side of each board for the bottom only .to get a better fit for the hive body. I also go a little farther using wood glue and nails to tack it into place and use screws as well. A little overboard but a stout hive. As well I changed the legs because of wind here in my area. I made a cleat on the outside of the end cap on each end of the hive 3/4 of a inch down from the edge, used 2x4s as legs at a 20 degree angle cut on both sides. 34and2/4 to the short end . Found center on the cleat matched up each end and used 1/2 inch bolts drilled threw the legs. Again over board but fantastic company and products.

DM
12/07/2016
david m.
United States

drawings

looks good ,have not built the hive yet

ML
09/23/2016
Mark L.

very happy anplesed with quility

very happy anplesed with quility

RW
07/25/2016
Rick W.

Bars were smooth, straight and

Bars were smooth, straight and well made

PL
07/18/2016
Paul L.

Very detailed plans, easy to

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

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