It turns out I don’t always cut straight. Fortunately, the bees won’t care, as I tried my hand at making swarm traps. Basically you make a deep box turned on it’s side, and place it in a tree for the bees to find. I used the plans available at hacknbuild.com, that uses a single 4′ by 8′ sheet of plywood to make three swarm traps. See the image below.
As you can see, they have a simple lid, and a screen cover in front that you can slide over the entrance hold to move the bees. The color is the Benjamin Moore color Golden Honey, which I think is appropriate.
I’m planning to hang these this weekend, and will let you know how it goes.
May you prosper and find honey.