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The Floor – Warre Hive Construction Guide

In this section of the Warre Hive Construction Guide we will build the floor. The floor acts as a foundation for the Warre Hive; it supports the hive boxes, quilt and roof. The Warre Hive Floor is fairly easy to build with common woodworking tools. Let’s begin!

Warre Hive Floor
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Brenden’s Warre Hive

I received some Warre hive photos from a fellow recently that lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.  He built a Warre hive last spring and populated it with bees from a shook swarm.  His hive is located in his city backyard where there is plenty of flowering plants, flowers and trees for his bees to forage on.  Brenden told me that his bees filled two hives boxes with honey comb in five days!

Brenden's Hive in the Spring
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The Quilt – Warre Hive Construction Guide

In this part of the Warre Hive Construction Guide we will assemble the quilt. The quilt rests between the top hive box and the roof. It is the easiest hive component to build…just four pieces of wood and some cloth.

Warre Hive Quilt
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Construction Tips – Warre Hive Construction Guide

Here are some tips that might be helpful to keep in mind as we build a Warre hive.


Here is a quick way to measure and cut wood using a measuring tape, a hand saw and a pencil.

Draw a mark with your pencil where you want to cut the board.  Be sure to place a mark at each edge of the board.  Take your handsaw and set the handle at the base of the board, as in the picture below.  Align the spine of the saw to the pencil marks.

Handsaw Placed at the Pencil Mark
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Materials List – Warre Hive Construction Guide

In this part of the Warre Hive Construction Guide we will look at the materials needed to build a Warre Hive. Warre hives are pretty simple to make. You only need five basic materials: wood, fasteners (like nails or screws), permeable cloth, insulating material and a finish to coat the assembled hive. Let’s take a look at the wood first.
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