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Finish it so I can work on the subfloor

Yes, sir! Anything to get the subfloor finished! I want my living and dining rooms back in order. Bad.

So if you need the drill, I’ll get this observation hive slash nuc done ASAP. I don’t care if it’s early in the morning.

(Except it took me an hour driving between three stores to round up eight mirror clips.)

mirror clips
Those hard to find little mirror clips.

So I have a couple situations that make a nuc (nucleus beehive) desirable. I used a pattern that used only one six foot board and two panes of glass. It holds four deep frames. I feel that making this observation hive was cheaper than driving an hour to a store to buy one, much quicker than ordering by mail, but slower than making a straight nuc without glass. If I hadn’t needed a friend to make the dado cuts, I would have had this finished a couple days sooner. (Thank God for generous friends.) Here is the obs hive, empty:

obs hive done but empty
Just waiting for frames with bees and comb. See that OSB (oriented strand board) in the background? It’s my subfloor.

And here I am attaching the mirror clips, which had to be done in order for the subfloor to get placed.

obs hive drill julia
Even though I pre-drilled, there were two places close to the edge that split.
obs hive screwdriver julia
I write on the cuts as I make them. Labeling keeps me organized.

I added a cover to the pattern. Using a scrap of wood and a screw, I can swivel this lid back and forth over the ventilation hole. Hopefully it won’t be open during a rain. That would be my biggest fear — drowned bees because I wasn’t home to close the lid.

obs hive lid small
And I have a friendly bee helping me before I screw the lid onto the body.

Finished and placed in the backyard, below. I was going a little crazy without being able to see any honeybees in the yard. Seeing them relaxes me somehow.

observation hive