Building The Cathedral Hive - Un-assembled

Instructions for assembling The Cathedral Hive Un-assembled

The Cathedral Hive Un-assembled Kit comes with detailed schematic plans for putting together the Kit


The only part to make is the The Gluing Board Jig


The Gluing Board Jig -  is not part of The Cathedral Hive Un-assembled but necessary to hold the 3 sides in place to glue at a specific angle.

Purpose: To hold the 3 boards comprising each of the hive halves at an exact angel while the glue dries

 *  Flat board: of plywood, particle or melamine board   Size:  (18 ½” wide  x 33-36” long x ¾’ thick)    NOTE:  The 18 ½” width needs to be exact to achieve the correct angle
*  2 Side Rails   Size:  1 ½ x ¾ “ x 28” length (screw to the sides of jig board)
*  4-5 Scrap Board Lengths  Size: (18” lenth aprox.)
*  4 Ratchet Straps    NOTE:  non-ratchting rafting straps won’t be a provide enough pull
* Long Wood or Cardboard Strips Size: 33”  long  - These create a uniform pressure on the joint when the straps are applied
* Wood Glue – Tight Bond II – Best waterproof and dries slowly

Lay the Scrap Board Lengths  on table and place your rafting straps (these will go under your Flat Board)



Lay Flat Board (which has side rails drilled on) on top of your Scrap Board Lengths


Prop the Hive Body Sides in place as a temporary hold, until the glue is applied and the glue fully sets. Here we used boxes of nails from the wood shop to prop the Hive Body Sides in place.


Ensure Hive Ends are flush before gluing together


Detail of Side Rails screwed onto Flat Board Jig


Detail of the Ratchet Straps laid on the Gluing Boardfirst before setting the 3 Hive Body parts in position on the Gluing Board



STEPS gluing and clamping hive panels

1) Prop up the JIG plywood platform off of the table using scrap wood pieces, so that ratchet

    straps can slide under the jig.

2) All 4 hive side panels have tongue and groove on one side and one flat side. Glue only the tongue

    and groove edges together to the Hive Bottom and then Hive Top Boards

3) Side Panels are propped up temporarily to hold the boards in place until the straps are secured

    and holding the Side Panels together. example: use a box of nails or brick. 

4) Set ratchet straps in place under flat plywood platform

5) Another person is helpful for the process the gluing/clamping boards 

6) Cardboard strips protect the wood from marring – use heavy strips of cardboard. These 'pressure strips'

    also create a uniform pressure on the joint when the straps are applied. put packing tape along

    underside of cardboard, so cardboard doesn’t glue to hive boards. rehearse putting the hives boards

    into the jig and test putting ratchet straps around boards before putting on the glue.

7) Run glue along 1 tongue side of a hive board

8) Run glue along 2nd tongue of opposite hive board

9) Ratchet one strap first, make sure ratchet buckle meets were cardboard strip is so the buckle

      does not mare the hive boards. while boards are still movable check that the board ends are

      all flush. place all 4 ratchet straps in place, then tighten down. The straps should feel solid.

10) Dry overnight for a solid hold!


STEPS attaching hive end boards

1) Hive boards need to be flush on ends, if not shave down with hand planer

before clue is applied, the hive end boards are positioned by measuring 3/4” in on three sides.  make a pencil

line on hive ends where they intersect with hive body. This allows the correct location where the glue

should be applied and allows the hive end boards to be positioned and clamped quickly and accurately

after the glue is applied.

2) apply glue inside the pencil line and use bar clamps to hold the hive end boards in place

Assembling The Cathedral Hive - Gluing straps

Detail of Cardboard or Wood Strips made to even out the pressure from the Ratchet Straps that could mare the Hive Body

The Cathedral Hive Un-assembled

The parts come with the glass window pre-assembled


Cathedral Hive Window Detail


Cathedral Hive Window Cover Detail