All sorts of stats about wild bees…
4,000-5,000 species native to U.S.
Better at pollinating that honeybees
Most are solitary bees
Lay eggs in tunnels or tubes or holes
Holes-tubes from ⅜” to ⅝” depending on species
Holes-tubes 3-6” deep, at least ¾” apart
Houses with holes 3’-6’ off the ground and firmly attached to something
Students are doing some designs and I thought i could put together some models similar to designs. I cut everything 7” deep, to accommodate the max depth hole or to have some overhang
2-2”x4” glued together
(3 sets stacked together for clamping)
Will cut to be trapezoid and glue traps together
2 - 2”x6” glued together (i just have them all stacked together).
Will make into trapezoid, then glue the trapezoids together to make it look like 2 hexagons on each other
4 - 2”x6” glued together. Will cut sides to be some shape
Model 4 & 5
Hexagon frame. One is ¾” ply, the other is 1”x4”.
Used table saw to cut 30 degrees off each edge so they would piece together to make a hexagonal shape. I glued and used air gun to pin together
¾” inch plywood box made 12”x10”
Glued and pinned (butt joint)
Each still needs finishing items, in addition to holes or tubes.
They need a roof with an overhang.
The boxes also need a back.
I think we should talk about cost...