Top Bar Hive Plans

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Note: These plans are for the discontinued top bar hive design that uses 17 3/8" long top bars. These are NOT for the new Bee Built top bar hive that uses 19" top bars.

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

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

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DB
01/03/2018
david B.
United States

Very impressed.

Very impressed with the plans and hardware!

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RS
12/23/2017
Ronald S.
United States

Top Bar Hive Plans

The top bar hive plans are well laid out with good narrative explanations. I look forward to purchasing some western red cedar boards and beginning construction soon.

RD
11/03/2017
Rosemary D.
United States

Top Bar Hive Plans w/Hardware

Easy to order and arrived promptly. Found out an updated set is coming soon and Bee Built agreed to send me the upgraded plans when ready. Plans look straight forward and easy to follow.

SS
10/10/2017
Stephen S.
United States

Top Bar Hive

Well laid out plans Easy to follow

LU
05/13/2017
lawrence u.
United States

Top Bar Hive Plans

Good plans, using 1 inch thick stock, 12 inches wide and cut to size. Not planed, guess the girls won’t mind. Starting to build today, got some Lexan and those little plastic hinge guides at home depot. Worried myself about finding these, and your customer service helped me source the right size. Have cut all of the lumber to the cut sizes, now to put in all the angles, dadoes, and hardware! Got three rainy days to work on this, hope to complete before the rain ends Nice plans.

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