I did not take kindly of being skunked yesterday so I woke the kids up at 7:00 AM and told them I want a chance to redeem myself. I made a quick trip into town for a couple of dozen minnows and headed back to the creek. A cold front was moving coming in and I wanted to at least get a couple of hours of fishing in before it did.
And yes I did redeem myself, this time being the only one catching fish and of course nobody brings the camera when I am on the fish. Just like yesterday they were all to small and were returned back to the creek to grow up.
That front did blow in and when it did the temp dropped to the 30's. I refused to sit around the house any more so I grabbed my buddy Dav and we went to the hardware store to buy some materials and then spent the rest of the day in his shop (The Sac) building bee hives.
|This is a Top Bar Kenya design mixed with a design from another and some of our own .|
|These are the Top Bars with a 1"X16" strip for the comb builder base.|
|The 44" base holds 28 Top Bars and you can see this one is not a front loaded like most Kenya's are. The 3/8"X6" slot on the side is where the bees will come and go.|
|Both of them together fully loaded. One is mine and one is Dav's|
|If it gets above freezing tomorrow, we plan to paint.|
Most of this wood was on the cull rack at Lowe's and was purchases at .50 cents each. The paint was in the miss matched basket and bought at $1.00 The breakdown below shows that it is ok to be a cheapo.
Retail Picked Savings
3 - 1X12X8 $90.00 $1.50 $88.50
4 - 2X4X8 Treated $12.00 $2.00 $10.00
3 - 2X2X2 Treated $9.00 $1.50 $7.50
14- 1X2X8 $21.00 $21.00 $0.00
Plywood $18.00 $1.00 $17.00
Screws $5.00 $5.00 $0.00
Paint $20.00 $2.00 $18.00
Total $175.00 $34.00 $141.00
We built two standing bee hives for $34.00 with a savings of $141.00, now being a cheapo is not bad at all.