Its no secret I am an internet commando. When the good idea fairy sprinkles the little light bulb dust on my head its off to the races. I try to see if anyone else has been blessed (or cursed) with the same idea.
The other day on YouTube I saw a video by TheOhioCountryboy and modified his awesome idea to build a cheap beekive stand that perfectly fit my needs.
Basically I wanted to get my hives off of the concrete blocks they were on as well as make them sit more level (my yard is on a hill). All I used were two 2x4x8 boards, a 5 ft piece of rebar, and some paint.
How to Build a Cheap Stand for Multiple Beehives
- I cut each board into a 5 ft section and 3 1 ft sections.
- Next, I nailed the 1ft boards every foot of the long boards making what looks like a ladder.
- I then drilled 4 holes slightly smaller than the diameter of the rebar.
- After cutting the rebar into 4 18 inch sections, I pounded the rebar into the holes.
- Lastly, I gave the whole thing a coat of white paint.
My idea of using the rebar as legs was to be able to keep animals from being able to climb up onto the stand, but I did not take into consideration the weight of the hives. I had about 6 full medium hive bodies and 4 more in various stages of honey storage. Each full 8 frame medium super of honey weights around 40 pounds, so it should NOT have surprised me when the rebar began sinking into the ground (but it did). If I did this again, I would have used 2×4’s as legs.
To tell the truth, if I did this again, I would have just made two of the hive stands like TheOhioCountryboy and just bought another hive (even though the wife would question the need for 5 beehives).