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  1. JohnG


    It’s the sort of thing that you can choose how complicated to get. You can simply place some hive boxes out and eventually a swarm will make it their home. You can leave them alone and let them do their own thing and just reap the benefits of having bees around if you have any sort of garden. The colony might eventually die or leave, but another will come along. This is sometimes referred to as being a “bee haver” instead of a “bee keeper” - you have bees but don’t manage the hives. On the other end of the spectrum you can learn about their physiology and behaviors. You can inspect the
  2. Who says you can’t eat bees? Some people do eat bee larvae.
  3. “They” say there are about 3500 per pound. Around here bees are typically sold as a 3lb package. Of course I’m sure it’s just approximated. Reminds me of a time during my bee class when the professor was talking about the people who first studied and learned what the bee dances mean. A classmate asked “How did they get the bees to dance?” With a straight face he said, “You tickle them.” and then continued on for a couple minutes before going back and explaining how they had set up a makeshift hive to observe the bees naturally doing the dances.
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    So we got our first package of bees today! Typically you can have packages of bees mailed to you, but this year it seems that all suppliers are doing pickup only. So, how do you mail or store bees? Bees need a gap of 3/16"-1/4" in order to fit through, so 1/8" mesh will safely contain the bees while allowing plenty of air. In the center of the box, there is a metal can full of sugar water with a few small holes in the bottom to feed the bees while in transit. Suspended next to the feeding can is a small wooden box called a queen cage. It has one mesh side, and a hole on each end. On
  5. Normally these would come in the mail, but with all the issues with that lately, everyone is doing local pickup only. Approx 10,000 bees (3 pounds).
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    I’ve been keeping an eye on the construction lumber around me since we have several projects on the “sometime soon-ish” list and it’s been hit or miss. Sometimes it’s been like that, but today when I was in Lowe’s it was all pretty decent looking.
  7. This has the parts diagram and parts listing. You might have to dig around to find a current equivalent part number or something else with the same specs, but this should get you started.
  8. Could’ve been worse! edit: not me, grabbed from google images.
  9. Actually it is not! We have a 4 slice toaster, and occasionally the right set will not stop on it’s own. So it will need to be replaced. Usually you don’t harvest honey in the first year, but if they start strong and fast you might be able to take a little bit. They need to produce extra honey to build up stores for the winter. I went with this brand simply because I have a relative affiliated with the company so I was able to get my setup for significantly less than any other option. I have been pleased with the quality of it though.
  10. We get our first package of bees today so I’m scrambling to be ready. All hive boxes are built and last night I painted them. Most frames are ready, but I have to install the wax foundation in one more set. All of these parts will make two separate hives, so technically I’m ready for our first package. But, our chickens are supposed to hatch on the same day that I’m picking up thw bees so I won’t be getting any less busy. Hope to update my bees thread soon.
  11. Depending on the height and what you put on them, screws from the top may be less visible. Especially in a room that is typically used for sitting.
  12. Woodcraft stores are independently owned. Not sure about Rockler.
  13. Welcome! or one of their dealers, which can be found on their website. Woodcraft and Rockler are popular woodworking supply chains. Both are sawstop dealers and if you have one near you they will be able to get the model you want.
  14. I guess I’m confused. Was this thread just to vent about shipping prices? Doesn’t seem like you are looking for any input other than to agree that shipping heavy and bulky lumber is expensive.
  15. All the cedar/cypress are small- 4-6” max diameter. They’ve been blown over by the wind or knocked over by fallen pines. Wouldn’t be good for much.
  16. Not yet. The current log piles are mostly pine and cedar/cypress. Stuff that will eventually be either burned or chipped. However, I do have my first milling log! Hoping to get it cut next weekend. Sycamore
  17. My tractor has already paid for itself. I had a mass of pine trees that were fallen and hung up together and on other trees. Some broken 5’ off the ground and some 25’ up. I had been really nervous about trying to get them untangled and on the ground without me being at the bottom of the pile. The tractor and some chain made easy work of sliding the trunks out from under the trees and laid them down nicely. Then turned it around and loaded all the bucked logs onto the pallet forks and put them on my log piles. I certainly broke a sweat though.
  18. Some of it will come out quarter sawn.
  19. 5 gallons of anchorseal. Need to go pick up a sycamore tree trunk my neighbor cut down. It’s smaller- maybe 16-18” diameter 6-7’ long, then another 5-6’ that tapers down. Neighbor wants one slab and the rest is for me.
  20. One time I hauled several hundred bf of lumber from 8-12’ lengths in a Silverado 1500 with 6’ bed. Lumber yard guy recommended tailgate up with some straps to keep anything from shifting. Flag on the end. I only had to go about 20min but I think it would have worked fine for 20hrs.
  21. Don’t forget that now you’ll have a lovely 25% duty on the value of the saw in addition to the freight charges. For freight, you’ll have to pay the ocean freight to get it to the port, then pay a trucking company to pick it up from the port and deliver it to you. And potentially a ‘last-mile’ freight company if the trucking company will not deliver to your door. Personally I’d just look at Felder/SCM, or just get the slider table on a Sawstop. Without seeing one or talking to someone with direct experience with one, the risk is far greater than the cost difference for me.
  22. I’m not aware of any handheld power tools being made in the USA. It’s unlikely that a company would be able to do that and stay competitively priced, especially for a more niche product like the Domino (not to mention the patent issues). There just aren’t enough people willing to pay the premium for USA made products for a company to justify investing tens or probably hundreds of millions of dollars into the necessary manufacturing facility. I did see that Festool is making some guide rails in the USA and plans to make some other products here as well, but the actual power tools probably
  23. Just make sure the proceeds go toward a new tool if you sell one!