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The Roof – Warre Hive Construction Guide

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In this section of the Warre Hive Construction Guide we will build the hive roof. It forms the covering for the whole beehive. The Warre hive roof is fairly easy to build with regular woodworking tools. Let’s begin!


Step 1: Prepare the Parts

To build a Warre hive roof we will need to cut the following wood pieces:

You will also need:

Take one of the end gables measuring 39cm long by 21cm wide (15 3/8″ long by 8 1/4″ wide) and lay it on your work surface. Decide which long side of the board you want to be the top. Now place a mark on each side of the board 16cm (6 5/16″) up from the bottom. If you have a combination square or speed square, set it for 72 degrees. Place the square at the mark and draw a line towards the top of the board.

If you do not have a square, simply find the middle of the board and put a mark there. It should be around 19.5cm (7 11/16″) from either side. Now place two marks 2cm (13/16″) on each side of this middle mark. Draw some lines from these marks to the marks you put on the side of the board. Cut along these lines to create the gables. Complete this same process for the other long side measuring 39cm long by 21cm wide (15 3/8″ long by 8 1/4″ wide).

Step 2: Build the Roof

Take both of the short roof sides measuring 35cm long by 12cm wide (13 3/4″ long by 4 3/4″ wide) and stand them up on your work surface. Lay one of the end gables you just cut on top of the short sides. Align the bottoms together so that the gables extend beyond the tops of the short sides. Fasten the three sides together.

Almost done! Go on to the next page where we will finish building the hive roof.

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Take the roof assembly and flip it over. Lay the remaining end gable you cut on top of the two short sides. Again, align the bottoms together so that the gables extend beyond the tops of the short sides. Fasten the sides together.

Take the cover board and lay it on the short sides of the box. It should just fit between the end gables of the longer sides. Fasten it in place.

Take the two roof panels measuring 50cm long by 21cm wide (19 11/16″ long by 8 1/4″ wide) and lay them on top of the gables. The long sides of the roof panels should hang over the gables about 5.5cm (2 3/16″). Align the roof panels with edges of the flat tops of the gables. Fasten the roof panels onto the gables.

Take the ridge panel measuring 50cm long by 6cm wide (19 11/16″ long by 2 3/8″ wide) and lay it over the space between the roof panels. It will hang over a bit on each side. Align the ends of the ridge panel flush with the ends of the roof panels. Fasten the ridge panel to the gables. Be sure to drive the fasteners between the roof panels.

Congratulations! You have completed the Warre Hive Roof. In the next section, we will apply a finish to the Warre Hive.

Go on to Finishing the Warre Hive →

                                                

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