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  Topic: Red Cedar Wood for Hive Body??
ourMikeGeorge

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 4:04 pm   Subject: Red Cedar Wood for Hive Body??
I may be able to get some untreated oak at a good price. Would that be suitable?
  Topic: Wild bee house design.
ourMikeGeorge

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat May 10, 2014 6:14 am   Subject: Wild bee house design.
The first test prints will happen this weekend, they'll be crude and ugly but functional.
Sounds like me Laughing

Will you post some pictures?

And are you on Twitter? (I'm @ourMikeGeorge)
  Topic: Wild bee house design.
ourMikeGeorge

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 11:03 am   Subject: Wild bee house design.
I can't imagine why anyone would want to use a 3D printer for this, when you can make a wild bee house using natural, renewable materials so easily, using only manual labour.
Not everybody has suffic ...
  Topic: Apology for the downtime...
ourMikeGeorge

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PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Thu May 01, 2014 5:10 am   Subject: Apology for the downtime...
Another thought - if you're moving to another host you could use it as an opportunity to upgrade to the v3 forum software and enforce the 'location' rule Wink
  Topic: Apology for the downtime...
ourMikeGeorge

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PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:30 pm   Subject: Re: Apology for the downtime...

This was caused by exceeding our allotted bandwidth of 75Gb...

I certainly noticed the absence of the forum - figured maybe it was getting towards the 'end-of-month' and perhaps the quota is base ...
 
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