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Sour Kraut:

Needed a way to evenly space 12 frames in a 20 x 20 square hive.

Built this out of scraps.

Might get the local metal shop to make a couple out of 1/4" aluminum later

But for now...it works

The 'points' are 0.390 wide and are on 1.500" centers

That gives about 0.050" 'wiggle room' to allow fro top bar width variations.

First and last top bars are 1 " center to hive wall.

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blackforest beekeeper:
you will have more fun with the bees if the space in between is fixed by a spacer. something like this:
https://www.imkereibedarf-bienenweber.de/epages/imkereibedarf.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/imkereibedarf/Categories/R%C3%A4hmchen/Material_fuer_Raehmchen/Abstandshalter
I use "Pilzk?pfe". Better than the thicker sides on most frames.

Acebird:
When you use a spacer tool it leaves a space between the side bar rests.  The bees then propolise in that gap and then it is a PITA to remove and replace frames.  I don't like spacer tools.  Frames if anything are too wide so thin them down if you want the frames closer or just push them together.  No need for spacer tools.

Sour Kraut:
Well, excuse me.

I'll just NOT post anything more if that's the kind of response(s) it gets.

sawdstmakr:

--- Quote from: Sour Kraut on April 08, 2019, 02:47:20 pm ---Well, excuse me.

I'll just NOT post anything more if that's the kind of response(s) it gets.



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Sour Kraut,
What did I miss? I read both replies and I only saw honest advice. The answer from BFB is in German and due to language barrier, not much help. Brian is just speaking from experience about the problems caused by the bees glueing everything together when you leave a small gap.
Please let me know. We are here to answer your questions.
Jim Altmiller

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