Yard Bee Box Construction Plans


Give your garden a helping hand by providing a home for mason bees! Our plans make it easy to build. Quick and easy download.


Yard Bee Box Construction Plans


Twenty years ago, my wife, Mary, and I cut through a rusty, tumbledown wire fence surrounding an old hayfield and began turning the land into the home of our dreams. Gardens and orchards were part of that vision, but with them have come an unexpected benefit. As perennial flowers, hedges and trees have grown and matured, new birds and animals have moved in, along with plenty of beneficial insects. The bees are my favorite; the more, the better. That's why I've built special accommodations for a little-known pollinating superstar called the mason bee. As populations of other pollinating insects decline across Canada, mason bees hold great promise for maintaining and enhancing the health of gardens and orchards. With just a little help, they thrive.

You'll need plastic nesting trays to make these bee boxes, and it's best to get them before you begin work. This way you'll be able to test the size and shape of your wooden parts as you make them. I used 5/8"-thick eastern white cedar for my boxes, roughly the standard thickness of fence boards. If your material is a little thicker or thinner, no matter. The design works the same without need for modification.

This is a sample of our custom made set of woodworking plans that are included already in our full site wood plans package, which also contains 15,000 more great wood plans like this. These small sample plans are intended to give our customers a preview of our large woodworking plans package before they purchase it. Please note, this particular item does not include the thousands of bonus wood plans on that package, this is for one plan only. This is one of the plans included as part of the complete woodworking plans package. Perhaps if this plan is all you need, then purchase it direct, otherwise, our full site access plan package is the best overall value.

Our plans are designed and written to be easy to follow and understand. This is a very simple plan with very simple instructions. You don't need an engineering degree and be able to read complex blueprints to understand our plans. You should be comfortable with woodworking and have good solid building skills, but our blueprints are still designed to be easy to read.

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