Resources – Plans



Plans for Bee Equipment
John George

Each piece of equipment has a picture to identify it. It may be slightly different from the plan. The plan is the most up to date item. All Plans show a Top view (upper view on plan) a side view (lower left on plan) and a end view (lower right on plan). Remember “measure twice cut once” AND “if you make a line you might as well cut on it.” These are sayings I heard often while growing up, from my mom and dad respectively.

The designs on this page are from the University of Minnesota Web pages and the drawings are those of Gary Reuter. They are all in Adobe Reader .pdf file format designated by [pdf] following the link. You may read/download any of the pdf files by selecting the links. However PDF files require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open them. If you do not have Reader, you may use the following link to Adobe to download it for free at: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Bee Hive

Bee Hive

Bumble Bees

Bumble Bee box — plan [pdf] and for help on how to use this box.

Standard Beekeeping

Standard hive boxesStandard hive box plan [pdf].
Hive CoversInner Hive Cover plan [pdf].
Hive FramesHive Frame tOP & bottom bar plan [pdf].
Bottom BoardsBottom boards plan [pdf].
Observation HiveObservation hive plan [pdf].
Screened Bottom BoardsScreened bottom boards plan [pdf].
Solar Wax MeltersSolar wax melters plan [pdf].
Mini Solar Wax MeltersMini solar wax melters plan [pdf].
Top barKenya plan. [pdf] Yemen plan. [pdf].

Queen Rearing

NucNuc plan [pdf].
Cell bar frameplan [pdf].
Grafting toolGrafting tool plan [pdf].
Queen CageQueen cage plan [pdf].
Mating NucMating nuc plan [pdf].
Mini Mating NucMini mating nuc plan [pdf].
Mini Mating Feedersplan 1 [pdf]; plan 2 [pdf]; and plan 3 [pdf].


Swarm BoxSwarm box plan [pdf].
Plywood Cage HolderPlywood cage holder plan [pdf].
Bulk Bee BoxBulk bee box plan [pdf].
Drone CageDrone cage plan [pdf].
Incubator Cage HolderIncubator cage holder plan [pdf].
Incubator Cage FrameIncubator cage frame plan [pdf].
Push-in CagesPush in Queen Introduction cage plan [pdf].
Sleeve CageSleeve cage plan [pdf].

Candle Molds

Mold Candle HolderPlan 20 Mold candle holder plan [pdf]; Plan 20 Mold candle holder [pdf]; and Plan 12 Mold candle holder plan [pdf].
Candle Shelf Holder MoldCandle shelf holder mold plan [pdf].

The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the page author, Gary Reuter. The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by the University of Minnesota or by the Central Ohio Beekeeping Association.