Over the years, an amazing number of generous and talented beekeepers have contributed to Honey Bee Suite in various ways. Today, I posted professionally drawn woodworking plans by Matthew Waddington of Duvall, Washington.
Matthew, an architect by day, has been keeping bees since 1995. After deciding to build some slatted racks for his hives, Matthew came across my post, “How to build a slatted rack,” in which another beekeeper, David Manning of Missouri, shared his design.
For those of you visual types, Matthew turned David’s verbal explanation and photos into a set of professional drawings. He also tweaked a few of the measurements, and then sent them to me. I was completely awestruck.
Twenty racks later
The following weekend, Matthew built twenty slatted racks, a pretty impressive project. He said, “I’ve made a lot of gear over the years, but that took a lot of time! Besides having to cut 200 tenoned slats, there’s a lot of rabbeting and dadoing. Still, material cost was about 4 bucks a rack (though I used really cheap wood), which is pretty good. If I figure my time at a $1.00 an hour, it probably works out.”
After cutting and assembling the twenty racks, Matthew went back and tweaked the plans. “I made some very slight modifications to Dave’s plans, just so that people could use standard 1×2 and 1×4 and not have to rip them, or buy bigger material. I also added a few notes regarding putting them together, and allowed for the thickness of the material (which varies, depending on what you buy. I bought cheapo Home Depot 1x and it was barely 5/8″ thick, so had to adjust other dimensions).”
And a screened inner cover
Currently, I have two sets of drawings posted. I asked Matthew to draw plans for a screened inner cover simply because I’ve gotten many requests for that piece of equipment.
Matthew has graciously offered to draw other plans for us, so if you think of something you would like to see, let me know.
The links to the plans are below, and I’ve also added a tab in the drop-down menu in the header of every page. Click “Beekeeping” and under that you will see, “Woodworking Plans,” a page that also contains links to the pdf documents. Be sure the check out the photos of Matthew’s work in progress (below), and the impressive stack of finished slatted racks!
Honey Bee Suite
All photos and drawings © 2017 Matthew Waddington.