Friday, May 11, 2012

Making your Own Warre Hives Using Standard  size US lumber

Making your own Warre Hive using standard US lumber, your dimensions are going
to divert somewhat from The traditional Warre plans. That is if you don't want
to do a lot of sawing.
The actual dimensions of US standard lumber is smaller then what it called.
Ex. 2"x4' is actually 1.5"x3.5".

In the Traditional Warre Hive plans dimensions are given in cm and in some plans
converted to inches. Looking at the actual plans, the dimensions are all in
whole numbers in cm Ex. a board is  2x21x34. That converts in inches to .78
x 8.3 x 13.38.

One can buy US lumber 1"x8' that is actual = 3/4 x 7 1/4 (1.9x18.4 cm). not
quite 2x21 cm. That is in cm 1.9x18.4. If you are a purist that not quite  2x21cm, called for in Warre plans.

I for one are using US standard size lumber 1x8 inches (actual 3/4x 7 1/4) The
next size that is  commonly  found is 1x12 in. (actual 3/4x11 14) ; That can be found at Lowe's or Home Depot.. Lumber 1x12in is more expensive and one would have do quite a bit of more sawing  to bring it within the approximate  dimensions called for in the Warre. traditional plans.
The greatest difference in using US Standard lumber 1x8 is that the depth  of your boxes; 7 -1/4 instead of 8-1/4 inches. Not a problem using foundation-less frames.

Plan to post some plans for Warre Hives using standard size US lumber and photos in the near future.

Invite you to visit
Warre Organic  BeeKeeepers  yahoo group


  1. This would be great, I would love to get a copy of these once you post them.


  2. Thanks for posting your comment. As Soon I get them done I will post them here. It will probably be in a couple of weeks