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THE FAT BEE MAN NO - DROWN HIVE - TOP FEEDER Learn how to make the Fat Bee Man No-Drown Feeder Don Kuchenmeister “The Fat Bee Man”

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FatBeeMan No-Drown Hive Top Feeder ePlan.pages! Learn how to make the Fat Bee Man No-Drown Feeder"
Don Kuchenmeister! “The Fat Bee Man”
THE FAT BEE MAN ! No-Drown Hive-Top Feeder
Patent Pending!
! Feed your bees without killing them with Don’s FatBeeMan Hive Top feeder.! This ePlan contains all the dimensions and details needed to make your own hive top feeder. in 3 sizes.!
I have been making and improving beekeeping equipment for over 55 years making various types of feeders along the way. This feeder is the culmination of many attempts as you can see in the picture above. It is the first one I will proudly call the FatBeeMan No-Drown Feeder. It is so unique that we are in the process of obtaining a patent on the product.!
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My plans are presented in simple picture format with dimensions drawn right on the pieces to make it as easy as possible to possible. If you have comments or questions, I can always be reached through my web site at www.DixieBeeSup- ply.com.!
This book is edited by Tim Farr and published through his web site where he and his wife sell dog related items. Using his existing website shopping cart service allows us to keep the cost low. His site is located at www.Three- SmilinDogs.com !
I welcome all feedback through my webpage and email.!
I wish you the best of luck. Please email me through my website if you have questions or sug- gestions to improve the product or plans or just to talk bees.!
Don “The Fat Bee Man”
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5 - F R A M E N U C C U T L I S T P I E C E L E N G T H W I D T H T H I C K N E S
S N U M B E R
Long Sides 19 1/8 3 3/4 3/4 2
Short Sides 9 1/4 3 3/4 3/4 2
D - Bee Ladder Top 5 2 3/4 1/8 1
C - Bee Ladder back board 5 2 1/4 3/4 1
B - Bee Ladder side pieces 2 1/4 3/4 3/4 2
A - Bee Ladder top side pieces 3 3/4 3/4 2
Slot Blocking short pieces 2 2 1/2 3/4 2
Slot Blocking front piece 7 3/4 2 1/2 3/4 1
Bottom 19 1/8 8 1/2 1/4 1
1/8” screening 5 4 na 1
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8 - F R A M E C U T L I S T P I E C E L E N G T H W I D T H T H I C K N E S
S N U M B E R
Long Sides 19 1/8 3 3/4 3/4 2
Short Sides 13 3/4 3 3/4 3/4 2
D - Bee Ladder Top 5 2 3/4 1/8 1
C - Bee Ladder back board 5 2 1/4 3/4 1
B - Bee Ladder side pieces 2 1/4 3/4 3/4 2
A - Bee Ladder top side pieces 3 3/4 3/4 2
Slot Blocking short pieces 4 1/8 2 1/2 3/4 2
Slot Blocking front piece 12 1/4 2 1/2 3/4 1
Bottom 19 1/8 13 1/4 1
1/8” screening 5 4 na 1
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S N U M B E R
Long Sides 19 1/8 3 3/4 3/4 2
Short Sides 16 1/4 3 3/4 3/4 2
D - Bee Ladder Top 5 2 3/4 1/8 1
C - Bee Ladder back board 5 2 1/4 3/4 1
B - Bee Ladder side pieces 2 1/4 3/4 3/4 2
A - Bee Ladder top side pieces 3 3/4 3/4 2
Slot Blocking short pieces 5 3/8 2 1/2 3/4 2
Slot Blocking front piece 14 3/4 2 1/2 3/4 1
Bottom 19 1/8 15 1/2 1/4 1
1/8” screening 5 4 na 1
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The plan describes the construction of an 8-Frame feeder.!
! Build the Box -
The long board dimensions are 19 1/8” x 3 3/4”. The shorter pieces are 13 3/4” x 3 3/4”. You need 2 boards for the long and 2 for the short sides.!
The ends are rabbited and attached with 3 -4 sta- ples in each joint on sides and ends. The picture above shows the box frame upside down to illus- trate the bottom 3/8” rabbits cut prior to assem- bly. !
! ! ! ! ! The bottom board can be hardboard or paneling or almost anything you have on hand. Rabbits are cut to match the bottom board thickness. !
The inside dimension of the bottom board is 19” x 13”. (The 13” dimension will change depending on your box size.)!
The bottom of the box has a 4” x 3/4” hole for the bees to access the Bee Ladder.!
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P I E C E L E N G T H W I D T H T H I C K N E S S
N U M B E R
Long Sides 19 1/8 3 3/4 3/4 2
Short Sides 13 3/4 3 3/4 3/4 2
Bottom 19 1/8 13 1/4 1
Build the blocking for the screen bee ladder:
This assembly consists of 3 pieces.!
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Slot Blocking short pieces 4 1/8 2 1/2 3/4 2
Slot Blocking front piece 12 1/4 2 1/2 3/4 1
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Build the Bee Ladder Assembly:
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P I E C E L E N G T H W I D T H T H I C K N E S S
N U M B E R
D - Bee Ladder Top 5 2 3/4 1/8 1
C - Bee Ladder back board 5 2 1/4 3/4 1
B - Bee Ladder side pieces 2 1/4 3/4 3/4 2
A - Bee Ladder top side pieces 3 3/4 3/4 2
1/8” screening 5 4 na 1
Now make the bee ladder. This assembly is the same size for all variations of the feeder. For the 10-Frame feeder, you may want to put two enclosure assemblies side by side to feed the larger population of bees.!
The updated design replaces the hardboard piece “C” with a 3/4” solid wood. This will hold up better when wet and makes the assembly stronger. Part “D” is still 1/8 hardboard or simi- lar. It is not submerged in liquid.!
There are 6 parts to the Bee Ladder plus the screen.
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! ! ! Parts B and C have the same length and angle of cut. Angle is 22 1/2 de- grees on both ends.!
! ! ! This picture shows part C on end to illustrate the angle cuts!
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! ! ! ! ! Attach part D to parts A. One side of part A is angled.!
Attach part D to the shorter side of parts A.!
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! ! Screen:
There are 2 screen pieces. The larger piece covers the front and curls around the bot- tom. The smaller screen covers the small gap under the assembly.!
! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! The screen is folded over on the edges. This strengthens the edges and holds the staples better.!
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! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Time for the box to meet the Bee Ladder assembly.!
These pictures show the feeder with and with- out the Bee Ladder assembly.!
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Here is the Bee Ladder assembly attached to the box. The Bee Ladder assembly is attached with two screws. This way it can be removed to
make it easier to insert various sized con- tainers.!
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! We just cut old milk jugs and other plastic con- tainers to use in the feeders. They don’t leak and be cleaned very
easily.!
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No Drown Feeder! Assembly Tips and Instruction!! The following link takes you to a video where Don provides tips for making the Fat Bee Man No Drown feeder. We sell this separately but include it with the plan for no addi- tional charge.!! Click the link below to access the video:!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enAEUmUloUo&feature=youtu.be!! Thanks for your interest in natural beekeeping and for your purchase of this ePlan.!
We work hard to produce simple, easy to follow ePlans so you will be successful with your project and beekeeping. !
If you have suggestions or questions just go to my website and email me. I love to share the skills of natural beekeeping. !
The bees need us.!
A word from the editor.!
Thanks for buying this ePlan. I am a student of Don’s and am slowly learning his methods of beekeeping. I help him with his website, take the newer videos and edited this material in an attempt to provide low cost training and instruction for beekeepers- new and sea- soned. We are using my Dog Food and Toys shopping cart to distribute the ePlans. !
Don is active on YouTube and has a number of videos out. His new You Tube Channel is The New Fatbeeman and his user name is Fineshooter.!
Like Don, I welcome suggestions for improving this process.!
Thanks,!
Tim!