When the need arose to expand the 'Telling The Bees' apiary, as swarm collectors for the BBKA, we were forced to find new and economical ways to increase the amount of hardware. Ready-made and ready to assemble hives were too expensive, and so were local carpenters due to setup costs.
The idea was to be able to make a "standard British" compatible hive as cheaply as possible and only buy ready made components when cost effective. The solution was coming up with a design based on pallets that could be processed using only two tools and a variety of jigs. The hive floors are estate agent for sale signs; paint comes from the surplus mixtures of a paint shop in East Dulwich.
In addition, it involved the design and manufacture of a portable stand for local markets that could be transported on a wheel-barrow.