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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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.

david m.
United States


looks good ,have not built the hive yet

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!!!

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