Death By A Thousand Cuts – Frame Production Lags

It’s been a month since I’ve been to my apiary. This is unacceptable on every level. I can only hope that the unrelenting rain has kept my bees from gathering too much honey – Mo Honey, Mo Problems.

I have no excuse – I have simply not made my bees a high enough priority. However, for the rest of the season, my bees will only be second to necessity.

Now it’s not that I haven’t been working on the bees at all, in fact I have cut out 300 frame sides and I am halfway through cutting out 120 top bars. And while it it is a huge money saver to make my own frames, it is an incredibly monotonous and time consuming chore – much akin to digging dog shit out of your shoe with a stick (if you had 150 pairs of dog shit covered shoes.)

Since my crappy table saw will not accommodate a dado blade, I am forced to make a total of 15 cuts per side piece – that’s 4,500 cuts and took about 7 hours. The top bars will also require 22 cuts each – that will be another 2,600 cuts. I will finish them this week but I don’t know if my bees can wait.

Because of that, I conceded to buy 200 plastic frames from Dadant for $2.10 each (the discounted price for buying 200). That was $420 and they will arrive tonight. So I will make my splits Wednesday.

As for tonight, necessity is getting first priority. My truck has been having some front end issues that I have been putting off fixing. However, yesterday, it reached a critical point and now I have no choice. Thanks to YouTube, I can fix anything – unfortunately, YouTube can’t diagnose problems. When the noise first started, I googled the symptoms and concluded that it was a tie rod end.

The trouble with a tie rod end is that after I fix it, I will still have to pay someone else to realign it. However, now it sounds like my hub assembly might be the problem OR may also be the problem. I won’t know until tonight, when I take the tire off and look.

For now, all I can do is pray that the truck is an easy fix and that my bees can holdout a couple more days.


I am down 26.4lbs. Not amazing given it’s been 7 weeks – but still not bad.

My cousin gave me a great tip for eating out. Since he is a corporate pilot and has to eat out a lot, to control portions, he cut’s everything on his plate in half when it first comes to the table. He then eats half and covers the rest with a napkin (out of sight, out of mind).

It reminds me of that old Rita Rudner joke, “To save calories, I cut my dessert in half. If it’s really good, I order two.”

Nonetheless, I did try this tip Saturday at Captain D’s and by doing so, cut my meal from 1,100 calories to 550 calories.

This whole thing is a lifestyle change that I am actually beginning to embrace. Friday after work, I literally had this thought, “I can’t wait to eat this apple and drink some water.” Perhaps this is what it’s like to loose your mind.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Keoni says:

    Those frames do look like a pain in the butt to produce. One of the reasons I do top bar.

    Have you had any successes there?

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      Top bar are great for hobbyist but they’re not very practical for large scale extraction.


  2. That’s a massive job! Good on ya.

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      Thanks, Martin


    2. Amanda says:

      Definitely recommend a jigsaw for your cuts. Drill in 2 pilot holes where your corners would hit and then start with your jig saw. The holes should give you enough room for the size of the saw blade if you use the same pilot hole size. Or just the jig saw and a very sharp chisel. All those cuts would be torture and I don’t blame you one bit for eating the cost. Congratulations on dropping the pounds. Its SO hard with fast food constantly in our view whether while we are driving or commercials. Hang in there!

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