Bee Hive Construction

Build your own honey bee hive using these free honey bee hive construction plans.

Building your own bee hive can save you a lot of money, especially since most people can lay their hands on decent pieces of discarded wood.

The trade off between time spent and money saved could be well worth it.

If you wish to engage in organic beekeeping or natural beekeeping, note that you’ll need to pay attention to the timber, which should be untreated, or protected using a natural, non-toxic coating.

So if you are wondering how to build a bee hive, take a look at these designs below, which do differ, and see which one is most appropriate.

(Please note, some of these plans may take a minute or two to download).

How To Build a Top Bar Bee Hive - Using The Barefoot Beekeeper’s Top Bar Bee Hive Plans

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Phil Chandler takes you through the process of building a bee hive, step by step, to build his own tried and tested top bar bee hive design.

This is a very comprehensive, 40 page document, very generously shared by Phil. Phil Chandler is a natural beekeeper who also shares some recipes for eco-friendly wood preservative.

Please note that depending on the country you are in, and local regulations, some wood preservatives now contain neonicotinoid pesticides or other chemicals not appropriate for bees.

If you decide to proceed with Phil Chandler’s method of bee hive construction, and you haven't yet read The Barefoot Beekeeper, then it may interest you. 

In it, he explains how his hive has been designed to benefit the bees and promote their health and well being.

Having written "The Barefoot Beekeeper", Phil Chandler has a  further book "Managing The Top Bar Hive", and you can read a Q&A with him here.

Honey Bee Hive Construction With Corwin Bell

Above: Corwin Bell's Golden Mean Ratio top Bar Hive

Corwin Bell has designed a range of top bar hives.  He supports biodynamic beekeeping and he says the primary focus "is on improving bee ecology and beekeeping methods that respect the honeybee".

Bell and his team sell detailed top bar hive plans for the Golden Mean Ratio model,  and the plans were created by a professional architect.

The hive plans provide all of the measurements, specifications, and materials you will need to build your own Golden Mean top bar hive.

The set includes 18 precision milled top bars, hardware which includes window latches and spacers.

Honey Bee Hive Construction - The Warré Bee Hive

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Design by the French priest Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951), Abbé Émile Warré also wrote a book: L'Apiculture por Tous.

This bee hive is increasingly being used today, perhaps partially due to the book having been translated into English by Dr David Heaf. It is perhaps also true to say that in more recent years, we are seeing an increasing number of people wishing to work with nature, rather than against her, and an increasingly api-centric view of beekeeping is taking hold.

You can download the English translation of Abbé Émile Warré, Beekeeping For All free of charge here.

If you are interested in the Warré bee hive, you might also enjoy this Q&A with Dr David Heaf, or you may be interested in his book: The Bee Friendly Beekeeper. In this book, David suggests a few modifications to the Warré hive to enable the design to cope with the Varroa mite, which was not around in Abbé Émile Warré’s day.

Honey Bee Hive Construction With Roger Delon

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Learn how to build a bee hive with Roger Delon. This information covers off not only the Warré Bee Hive, but also Roger’s invaluable notes and experience in building this model of hive.

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