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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-09-2012, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking for a safe and effective option for cutting handle holds in the sides of bee hive production. Have tried the dado blade option numerous times. looking for tooling, cutters whatever I can find to make the same handle you find on mass prouced hive bodies! Anyone out there know of a source or have a suggestion? Look forward to any and all comments.
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Skip, I am sure this can be done quick and easy with a router and template.

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I am looking for a safe and effective option for cutting handle holds in the sides of bee hive production. Have tried the dado blade option numerous times. looking for tooling, cutters whatever I can find to make the same handle you find on mass prouced hive bodies! Anyone out there know of a source or have a suggestion? Look forward to any and all comments.
Good Morning Skip, Like Mike, I'm sure someone on here can come up with some ideas. My dad made his own for as long as I can remember. He never come up with type of handle you are looking for. He alway just ended up using a 1 X 1 cleat with a round over on the top edge. Then just glued and screwed them down. Not as pretty, but worked. LOL, me and those little quitters never got along.
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Skip - I had to go to ehow to see what beehive handles look like. The link is below. The first thing that occured to me was something like a drawer pull router bit (see the woodworkersworld link). You can route a stopped dado and then use that slot as the entry point for the drawer pull bit. The bit would undercut the top edge of the dado and give you a nice finger hold to lift with. The side of the beehive would have to be thick enough so you don't go all the way through. You might attach another board inside the beehive at the handle area to ensure you don't have a through cut. Another way to go would be what Gene said about attaching a cleat to the side. Using the first bit at the woodworkersworld site you could cut the finger hold profile in a long 1x2, cut it into bite-sized pieces and just screw those to the side of the hives. If you go with the cleat idea you could probably accomplish the profile with a rabbet and a roundover bit and save the cost of the drawer bit ($28). Good luck!
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The Cove bit will do it quick and easy

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The problem with using a groove is if don't taper the bottom of the groove you creating a ledge for rain to sit on and promote rot. With the commercial type handhold there is no bottom to collect water.
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Chech out this video it might be what you're looking for.

Bee Hive Box Handle - YouTube

Hive Handles using a drill press jig - YouTube

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If you do not have a dado blade set, the Whimpy Hogan Jig for Hive Handholds does the same thing, using a skilsaw.
I cannot yet post URLs, so you will have to do a Web Search for the PDF.
He also has a wonderful YouTube vid showing it in action.

I know, I'm dredging up all kinds of old beehive threads....
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I use a fluted column bit for mine on a router table with stop and start marks on the table where you set the board down and where to pick it up for an even consistent hand hold.
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