I started off by looking on the internet for plans for a nuc and found a variety of them, mainly from American beekeepers. In the end I didn't follow any plan exact and just kind of made it up as I went along. The problem with the hive plans I looked at were that they seemed too long and the frames I have wouldn't have reached the edge of the nuc. The plans I was inspired by where from these links here and here. The second is a photo bucket account of someones step by step making of the nuc. The nuc I made is approx 2 inches less in length but most of the other measurements are the same. I had a bunch of frames at hand at all times to make sure my box was going to be the correct size. I also made a stand for the hive and plans can be found here. Again with the plans I changed the sizes slightly as the stand in the plans is for a full sized hive. The stand was fairly easy to make and I will make a couple of full sized ones for my other hives at some point soon.
|I started off with a sheet of 18mm thick ply wood|
|A fair bit of sawing and nailing later|
|The entrance can be seen here and I have made a simple roof|
|The first coat of paint goes on|
|The stand is made and then wood preservative added|
|The finished nuc hive and stand all painted and ready for bees!|
|The nuc with 5 frames inside.|