You can use almost anything as a bee hive stand, as long as it is stable and can handle the weight of multiple hives, such as a pallet, an old coffee table, cinder blocks or something homemade.
In the picture to the left above we are using cinder blocks with a pallet and an old coffee table. In the picture to the right is our DIY stand, from instructions we pulled off the Web. It was very easy to make and low cost.
- One 4″ x 4″ x 10‘ post (for a 18” high stand) or 4”x4”x6’ post (for a 12″ high stand)
- Three 2″ x 6″ x 8′ boards OR two 2″ x 6″ x 8′ and one 2″ x 6″ x 10′ boards
- Box of 16 penny nails
- For an 18” high stand: From the 10’ 4”x4” post cut eight (8) 18-inch legs.
- For a 12” high stand: From the 6’ 4”x4” post, measure and divide equally into 6 posts.
- Take 2 of the 2″ x 6″ x 8‘ boards and measure them. Each board can be off by as much as one to two 8ths of an inch, therefore it is important to measure and trim if you deem necessary
- Using the 16 penny nails, 3 for each leg, secure the 8’ board onto the legs.
- Note: Picture to the right is what one side will look like when complete.
- Cut two 20″ pieces from the remaining 2″ x 6″ board.
- Set the 2 sides up with the legs facing inward and nail the end boards to the legs, using 3 nails per leg.
- Note: You will now have a stand that is 8’ by 20” by 18” high.
- Measure the distance between the middle legs. (should be ~17” long)
- Using the remaining 2″ x 6″ board cut 2 center braces. If you purchased a 10’x2”x6” board then you should have enough to make 3 braces.
- Attach the center braces using 6 nails per board as shown in the picture to the left.
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