Frame Groove Cleaning Tool for cleaning wax and propolis from frame grooves
This version was designed by myself about 1980.
A standard handle such as a file handle will be suitable.
The tip itself...
The material is a high carbon content steel wire 3 mm
in diameter. (Mine came from a ball bearing manufacturer.)
Bend to shape at red heat, using a gas torch, vice and
Grind cutting edges on a grindstone, but not so sharp as the
tip will "jag" in use or dig into the wood grain. Once the tip has
worn a little you will find it a very quick and easy method as the
blunt edge 'skates' on the wood surface in the bottom of the groove.
Another thing that helps this groove cleaning operation, is
a cool or cold ambient temperature. A frosty winter's day does have
some uses in beekeeping!
Written... Summer 2000,
Revised... 09 August 2002,
New Domain... 15 May 2004,