The basic internal dimensions of the standard and
Marburg versions of the swarm box are 434 mm x 216 mm, with
5 mm walls that are rimmed with further strips of 5 mm ply,
thus we have an overall dimension of 454 mm x 236 mm.
(2 mm smaller each way on the Marburg version, due to the use of
9 mm ply, but cardboard shims under the toggle catches on the box
will compensate for this discrepancy.)
The material used for the main plate of this item is waterproof
exterior grade plywood 9 mm in thickness. The handle parts are softwood and
the handle itself has it's central portion rounded with a spokeshave for comfort
This type of lid is positioned on the box and located by
the two strips of 9 mm ply, 214 mm long, that are placed
11 mm from each end. The strips also provide a clamping action
to any frames that are in the box by pressing them firmly on to the
lug bearer strips within the box.
The carrying handle supports and the handle are made from 33 mm
x 44 mm stock (which is a common size in UK).
In addition to the handle a small block is placed on each of
the unused corners of the handle spacer/supports, this is so that the
box presents a flat surface for anything that may be placed upon it
(this feature has proved most useful during storage).
The two mesh covered feeding panels are 75 mm in diameter and the backing is
'8' mesh. By carefully drilling pilot holes at the point
where the hinges occur the holes can be cut using a fret saw (powered
or by hand). The material that is removed can then be used as a
blanking plate to cover the mesh and maintain a dark interior. A small
wood screw acts as a knob on these hinged blankers. 75 mm was
chosen for the diameter as our 'standard' 1lb squat honey jar has a
lid of 70 mm diameter.
The lids of the feed jars are perforated by nail punch holes
and will sit comfortably in the recesses resting on the mesh. I put
sugar syrup in one jar and plain water in the other... This allows
the bees to choose whichever they require.
The lids are kept securely in place by strong
that need accurate placement to ensure absolute interchangeability of
Originated... 02 August 2002
New Domain... 19 May 2004,
Upgraded... 01 July 2004,