Our back porch is a hodge podge of furniture, bbq stuff, and bee equipment. The bee equipment is starting to get in the way and makes it harder to use the porch. In comes a bee stuff storage cabinet. It will have enough room to store extra hive body equipment, my scale, the tool tote, our veils and the other odds and ends.
I started with a 3/4″ plywood open faced box. The box is 4 feet tall, which made dimensioning from a 4×8 sheet of plywood easy. The legs are there to allow for a plastic straw storage tub to sit underneath.
A morning of cutting and assembling and I was ready to paint. I moved it out to the back porch and began to prime and paint it along with another project. I am working on hurricane supply storage boxes that got made at the same time. More on that at a later date.
I couldn’t help the use of that wild yellow paint again. Anything bee related gets it! The black strap hinges, handle and bee spray logo really pop and give it some life. I might have to come up with another spray pattern for that big untouched left side.
Everything went inside just as planned. The straw tub (smoker fuel) fits perfectly underneath. The bottom shelf has our feeder, an extra super, winter inner cover and bottom board, and the mite screen equipment. The other shelves hold our protection gear and some odds and ends. On the right side a set of decorative plant hangers holds the tool tote, and a less than decorative shelf bracket holds the hive body scale.
Everything we need is exactly where we want it and there is storage room to grow. The total cost was probably under 50 bucks assuming you don’t count labor. I doubt I could find anything out there for that cost that fit my needs so perfectly.
You find a good use of time on Labor day!! Rosemary
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