Hive Frame Assembly Guide

Hive Frame Assembly Guide

Step by step beekeeping Hive Frame Assembly Guide instructions. Hive Frame assembly is very easy and does not require any special tools. Follow along as we assemble a wood hive frame, wire the  Hive Frame Assembly for foundation, insert the Wax Foundation and imbed the Foundation Wire into the Wax Foundation.

Hive Frame Assembly Guide Honeybee Hive Frame


Note: When ordering wood frames be sure to order the “Wedged” frames from your supplier if you will be using waxed foundation as in the picture above.

Nails: Be sure when ordering Frames that you order enough nails to assemble your Frames if the Frames do not include nails as some suppliers do not include nails.

Nails needed for Frame assembly: The nails used to assemble wooden frames are specialized “wire” nails that are very small in diameter to prevent splitting of the wood when driven in. These can very rarely be found in local hardware stores and should be purchased at the time the frames are purchased.

 Hive Frame Assembly Guide 1 1/4" Nail  Hive Frame Assembly Guide 3/4" Nail

Step 1.

Locate Top Bar and remove the thin 1/4″ x 1/2″ x 17” Foundation Anchor/ Wedge Strip.

Note: It is best to use a pocket knife to remove the thin strip from the top bar. Be careful when removing this strip as it can easily be broken or accidentally cut into. Set this piece aside as you will be using it when you install the wax foundation.

Hive Frame Assembly Guide Foundation anchoring strip.

Foundation Anchor Strip

Step 2.

Locate Top Bar, 2 End Bars and Grooved Bottom Bar. (See Pic- A.)

Hive Frame Assembly Guide Unasembled hive frame

Pic- A.

Step 3.

Locate 2 End Bars and Top Bar (See Pic- A.) . Insert End Bar into Top Bar, do not force pieces together. Locate 4- 1 1/4″ wire nails and drive 2 nails through top bar into end bars on each end (See Pics- B1 & B2).

Hive Frame Assembly Guide Assembled Top Bar and End Frame  Hive Frame Assembly Guide Assembled Top Bar

Pic- B1.               Pic- B2.

Hive Frame Assembly Guide 1 1/4" Nails inserted into Top Bar Frame   Hive Frame Assembly Guide Nails installed in Bottom Bar Frame


Step 4.

Locate Grooved Bottom Bar, insert bottom bar into grooves in the end bars( Note: Be sure Grooved Bottom Bar is facing up in towards the inside of the frame to allow Wax Foundation Sheet to be inserted into Grooved slot).

Hive Frame Assembly Guide

 Locate 4- 3/4″ Wire Nails and drive 2 Nails through the Bottom Bar into end bars on each side.

Hive Frame Assembly Guide Finished assembled Frame

Finished Assembled Frame

Continue on to How to Wire a Frame for Foundation

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