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exmoorlover
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:27 pm    Post subject: Shims Reply with quote

At Brimscall recently shims were being used between some of the bars in a top bar hive. What is the thickness of shims useful for this purpose, and how do you get/make them?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Shims Reply with quote

exmoorlover wrote:
At Brimscall recently shims were being used between some of the bars in a top bar hive. What is the thickness of shims useful for this purpose, and how do you get/make them?


Well I use 4mm and 6mm 'stripwood' from B&Q, and mix and match them as required. The pine stripwood is much cheaper than the oak. I haven't got the means to cut them myself. I also find them handy sometimes when closing bars together - push bees out of the way using strip of wood, close up tight to it, then remove it and close up the rest of the way,
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use off-cuts from making the top-bars - anything from 4mm to 10mm and judge the best to use.

If you're trying to buy wood for shims, the narrowist you can get will be most versatile as you can use multiples to get the required width.

My top-bars and shims are ripped from 8"x1" on a table saw.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those without the woodworking skills, many DIY stores sell pine trims etc of varying thicknesses that can be usefull. I have found triangular beading at £2.10 for about 3 m length which I use as comb guides on my top bars, as I don't yet have the equipment to cut my own.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all. I don't have the set up to cut my own (yet), so I was straight down to b&q. Thanks for that info.
I liked the tip for getting bees in. Cheers
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