• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Posts posted by JohnG

  1. Lay flat on what? The ground? A table or counter? In those cases the board will be fully supported so if the base is sturdy it could be a 300lb hog and it wouldn’t matter how the cutting board is held together. 

    I guess I’m having difficulty understanding why you are wanting to make it more complicated.

    Sagulator shows this being 0.01” total sag if supported at either end (not fastened) with 75lb center load.

  2. What will this huge cutting board be on top of? Are you building a base for it? I would be more focused on what will support the board. 
    As chestnut said, a good glue joint will be plenty. A dining table is thinner stock and longer/wider and would not blink an eye at 70lb in the center. 

  3. EC4B1A65-2144-469E-832F-94777E0067B0.thumb.jpeg.26a87f5704631b7880cecd447e52e503.jpeg

    At the top they started to store some pollen and a few cells of nectar.


    This is typical of hives. The worker (female) brood will be toward the center, a bit further out will be drone (male) cells, then on the outskirts will be pollen and nectar. Honey will be the furthest out since it gets capped and doesn’t need to be frequently used.

    • Like 2
  4. Somewhat. It can’t be too early (cold) because the smaller colony of bees wouldn’t be able keep the queen and brood warm while also building comb and gathering food. You also don’t want it too late in the year, or else they won’t be able to build up for the winter.

    Some people stop supplementing with sugar water when there’s a nectar flow, and some continue through it in the first season.

    That is fresh comb made by the bees. I had removed one frame to make room for the queen cage and the bees made that in the gap.

  5. So after you transfer the bees from a package or from a swarm, you don’t go into the hive for about a week. The queen should make her way out of the queen cage after a couple days, and the worker bees will be drawing comb. 

    At the week (ish) mark, it’s good to check on the bees to make sure the queen is out of the cage, locate her, and make sure she is laying eggs. You also want to see how much comb has been made and how much pollen and nectar has been stored. 

    During this time you should be feeding the bees 1:1 sugar water. It varies when beekeepers end the feeding, but it’s usually at least a few weeks.

    • Like 2
  6. Good ol’ California.

    Guess what also has a Prop 65 warning? The OB/GYN office and the hospital. When we were expecting our first in CA, we would always laugh at the Prop 65 warnings by the entrances to those buildings. 

    The trouble with their Prop 65 warnings is that you can’t tell which items are actually a potential health hazard when everything has the warning on it.

    • Like 2
  7. You can still get signature required, if the sender specifies it. I don’t like signature required because I’m never at home when it would be delivered and so it gets delayed for days and then I have to go pick it up from their facility to avoid it being returned to the sender. 

  8. Yes, Windows 10 still has Snipping Tool.

    It also has a new similar tool, Snip & Sketch, that you can activate by pressing Shift+Win+S. After you select the part of the screen you want to capture, you have the option of marking it up, saving it, copying it, etc.

    Eventually Snipping Tool will be retired and Snip & Sketch will fully take over, but for now it is still around.

  9. 22 hours ago, Mark J said:

    It's much more complicated than I imagined.

    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 hive often (too often will make them more aggressive) to ensure they are staying healthy and productive, checking the brood and pollen/nectar stores, watching for queen cells and either promoting or preventing swarming, harvesting honey, and much more.


    On 4/9/2021 at 6:45 AM, wtnhighlander said:

    Bees are fascinating! Thanks for sharing this experience, John.

    They really are! Wasps, yellow jackets in particular, give bees a bad reputation but honey bees are awesome to have around and to watch.

    • Like 2
  10. 10 minutes ago, Coop said:

    John, just curious. How do they account for the qty of 10,000, by weight?

    “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. 

    1 minute ago, Mick S said:

    They count legs.

    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.

    • Like 1
  11. 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. 

  12. 2 hours ago, Mark J said:

    Wow John, that's gonna be a lot of honey.  Hope the toaster is in good working order :).  

    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. 

    2 hours ago, Tom King said:

    John, The Bees will thank you!

    I looked at the company stuff that you bought that rack from.  I was looking for a new adjustable bench. Titan was the brand I ended up going with.  The adjustable bench is a copy of a Legend one, for less than a quarter of the price.  I am very pleased with the quality of the bench. 

     Titan also has a combination, plate loaded pulldown/low pull machine that looks really good for the price.  I don't need one, but looked through their lineup.  Last week, I replaced the pulleys, and cables on my old one.  That lat machine is out of stock, but looks like they'll have it ready to ship in May.

    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. 

  13. 9 hours ago, RichardA said:

    I do to, but I think I would have come up from the bottom, rather than leave them visible.

    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. 

  14. 5 hours ago, Chestnut said:

    I really appreciate a lot of the knowledge that Shannon Rodgers has and have found that his techniques and opinions on woodworking have helped me a lot. I have not tried any of the classes from the Hand Tool School though. I am interested if any one has because i have been interested in trying them as well.