Introduction: Beekeeping Honey Extracting Field Cart
This instructable is for building a cart to hold a 2 frame honey extracting barrel, 5 gallon honey bucket with strainer.
And a metal bucket to hold the capped wax.
This came about last year when i harvested honey, and dragged all the frames back to the garage to uncap them this as messy and labor intensive. So i needed something that could secure the extracting barrel when spinning the frames. And that i could drag it to the hives and extract the honey at the hives this should be easier on both me and the bee's.
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Step 1: Stuff You Will Need
honey extractor 5 gallon bucket
A U Bolt
Step 2: Step One: Build the Base
I didnt measure anything here, so i cant give you lengths. i just built this around the size of the buckets.
So i built a rectangle out of 2 x 4. Then cover half with some ply wood, (all of this wood was from a floor i tore out)
Step 3: Step Two: Build the Vertical Support
Now build a second 2 x 4 box and make a T with it on the other and nail the whole thing into place.
Step 4: Step Three: Build the Second Level
Now you have your vertical support nail some 2 x 4 on each side and another plywood shelf on top of that, make sure that it hangs over half the bucket and is tall enough for the bucket with strainer to sit under.
Step 5: Step Four: Second Level Add On's
I added two things to the top of this some boards on the sides to hold the extracting bucket into place. And a couple of plywood strips on the back, this is two hold the bucket at a slant so the honey can pour into the bottom bucket faster.
Now dot where the U bolt will fit over and secure the pour spout on the extracting bucket and drill those holes.
Step 6: Step Five: Painting
i slapped on a coat of white paint i had around to make it easier to keep clean.
Step 7: Step Six: Field Proofing the Cart
OK now the paints dry, i secure the extracting bucket with the U bolt. Tape the honey strainer to the top of the bucket. Make sure the only way into the bucket is through the strainer.
And bungee cord the bottom bucket into place, and now take some mesh and tape it around the bucket and the our spout. Make sure no bees can fly in and get stuck in the honey.
Add your bee tools and a metal bucket for holding the capped wax and and a bread knife, and the rest of your bees stuff.
NOW FOR THE WHEELS........ crap i don't have anything to use for wheels so i will have to add them on later and use a wheel borrow.
ok now i can uncap and extract the honey and wax at the hives saving alot of time and effort.