Cinder blocks are good for starters, but eventually it is nice to move on to real, sturdy beehive stands. This is the second version of hive stands for my friend that has bees as a hobby. Check out this post to see how I built a batch of them with folding legs and adjustable feet.
Here is a rough guide on how I made version 2 which is a folding metal beehive platform. With my original beehive platform build Version 1, it was a little too tall and very bulky. This second version is simpler and folds up to become quite compact. I was able to retain the adjustable legs so that it can be set up on uneven ground.
Parts Needed Per Stand
- 3×3″ Base Plates Qty 8
- 1″ x 1″ x 1/8″ Angle Iron
- 3/8″ bolts Qty 4
- 3/8″ Washers Qty 8
- 3/8″ Nylock Nuts Qty 4
- 1″ Bolt on Tabs Qty 5
- 1/2″ x 2″ bolts Qty 4
- 1/2″ nuts Qty 4
The outside dimensions of the bottom board of a 10 frame Langstroth hive is 22″ deep by 15 3/8″ wide so the inside dimension of the frame needs to be slightly larger (about 1/2″ total) than this to allow for some wiggle room. Make sure you double check it will fit before welding it together! (even better if you have a hive frame that you can use to test fit)
The overall height of the stand I built here is ~12″ adjustable +/- 1″ with the legs which seems like a pretty solid general height (this is about 6″ shorter than version 1 which ended up being too tall for my friend). You might want to build yours a little higher or lower depending on your circumstances.
Cutting the materials
Each hive stand needs:
Qty 4: 10″ 1×1 angle
Qty 2: 17″ 1×1 angle
Qty 2: 21 1/4″ 1×1 angle
Drilling for the hinge bolt
These little tabs are great to have around the shop. Some of the most time consuming activities in a home shop are cutting tabs and drilling holes. Each one of these tabs probably saves me 10 minutes of labor. They are cheap to just buy a bulk pack to have around.
We are thinking about making some for a small production run so send us a message with your contact info if interested.
This turned out to be a pretty cool design. With each version I have been trying to reduce the amount of manual labor (cutting, drilling holes, welds) to optimize cost. This is a fun thing to play with as usually my projects are totally one off and I don’t get any economies of scale. I’m sure there will be many more future versions to come.
Hope this serves as inspiration for you. Yours doesn’t have to be fancy and folding like this. Just grab some angle iron and a welder and try stuff until it works!
Now you, go outside and work on something!