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
Detail of Cardboard or Wood Strips made to even out the pressure from the Ratchet Straps that could mare the Hive Body
The parts come with the glass window pre-assembled
Cathedral Hive Window Detail
Cathedral Hive Window Cover Detail