Assembling your DIY hive kit
Assembling the hive bodies
In addition to the glue,we pneumatically nail the hive bodies together when we assemble your hive for you. The Hitachi nail gun shown is a $550 unit. You can use whatever fasteners you wish, but please realize that nailing them by hand is very difficult, because it's nearly impossible to keep the parts aligned during the process. Pan head screws are probably the easiest method of fastening, though you'll need to pre-drill pilot holes before installing any screws with an electric drill/screwdriver. Line up the edges, press the joints tightly together and install three fasteners per corner. Locate the fasteners roughly one inch from the top and bottom, and then install one in the center, avoiding any knots.
If you are assembling boxes for the the basic Warre hive, the final step is to prepare and install the top bars in each body. A detailed video on how to do this can be found here.
The final step in assembling modified hive boxes is to assemble the frames. A detailed video on how to do this can be found here.
Assembling the roof
To assemble the roof, begin by applying a bead of glue to the rabbet joint of one of the gable ends. Fasten one side to this gable end, then the other side, then attach the other gable end. We use the same nail gun for this as we do when assembling the hive bodies, though only two fasteners are required at each corner, rather than three. Square the roof and continue to the next step.
Assembling the quilt box
You can also choose to finish your hive with Tung oil. This step is not necessary, but it will keep your hive looking newer, longer. The natural, unprotected cedar will last for years in the elements, but it's color will turn gray over time.