Building Frames for the Nucs

A few weeks ago I built a couple of nucs to use this year.

I ordered a box of deep frames and wax coated Plasticell foundation from Dadant and they came right away. Unfortunately my home schedule hasn't allowed me to go build them right away, until today.

I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of the fresh wax smell. It's incredible!

A couple of years ago I wrote a "How To" article on assembling Dadant style frames. It even includes how to make and use a jig, which makes the whole assembly process go about 5 times faster.

All my "How To" articles are on the left hand navigation of the blog.

Today this post is just pictures, dedicated to my enjoyment of sneaking away to the workshop for a bit.

Yup, that's the same $15 air nailer from Harbor Freight from 5 years ago. Still going strong as the day I got it, and I use it all the time.

For these frames, I decided to tear out the perforated lower corners of the foundations. I've never done it in the past, but today I figured "why not try it".

It leaves a great communication opening right where the bees would build one for themselves if they were building from scratch.

With a box of frames and foundation completed, I put them back into the nuc box for storage. I'll probably give them an extra coating of wax right before I use them.

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Vince says...
Date:   March 31, 2015, 1:02 pm

I tear off the corners from the foundation.  The bee definitely take advantage of the extra space.  I also started using black foundation for brood.  It is amazing how much easier it is to see the eggs and larvae. 

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