A good thing too. Many beekeepers don’t eat bananas before opening a hive. It is said that banana breath smells like attack pheromone.

Nice version of this 3D bee. It’s one of the first things I tried on my laser. Loved the bee, not so happy with putting all the little pieces together. However, you are the zillion-little-pieces-of-assembly champ!! I am guessing this was a snap for you.


Did not know this…what a fun fact to hang on to! :grinning:

Great looking bumble bubee @evansd2! :smile:


How did you handle the resizing impacting the joints? I tried a coasters with toaster holder and resized it and nothing fit properly then (valuable lesson for a newby)

On a design with few joints like this, it doesn’t take too long to resize them manually. Don’t know if that’s how it was done here, though.

Lovely little bee.


So cute - I love the delicacy of the wings.


A perfect addition to your gorgeous tray!

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It’s fairly simple using any vector editor. I’ll give the example using Inkscape. A quick note: There are a lot of words here, but in reality this process should literally only take about a minute to do the scaling, then however much time you take to do any manual adjustments (described below) is up to you.

The steps:

First, measure your material and decide how thick you want your slots to be. Let’s assume our theoretical new material is 2mm thick. You’ll need to kerf adjust the cut line, so you need your slots to be 2mm minus some kerf adjustment, let’s assume you’ve worked all this out and you decide that your slots need to be 1.85mm. (that’s about a kerf of 0.006" It should end up snug but not a pure friction fit… you’ll have to figure out what kind of adjustment you want to use on your material, Acrylic for example, unforgiving… woods, a bit moreso.)

OK now you have your desired slot width in mind.

Open your model file.

Measure the existing slot width. It’s 3.050 mm as is.

Now select all and let’s modify the overall size. To scale it you want to multiply by the desired slot width and divide by the existing slot width. So first lock your aspect ratio and then you add “*1.85/3.050” to the width (or height) field. The entire model will resize.

Now measure your slot width to be sure it’s right and you didn’t typo anything.

Perfect. Now you have to sanity check the model. Did you size anything out of existence? See if anything looks super thin. A good way to gut check this is to set the stroke width to be about a kerf (0.007" usually works), and you can eyeball a lot of it. Look in particular at the red areas highlighted here.

Here's my thought process for this theoretical example:

The hooks on the feet are vanishingly small, you could consider modifying the path to remove them, and the tabs where the wings connect are pretty skinny, you might want to modify those to be a bit wider. Those are judgment calls, and completely up to you.

The wing filaments are about 0.7mm thick, those should be ok… almost everything else is even thicker. The antennae are going to be delicate, but they also look like they’ll hold up, just be careful.

So anyway, assuming you tested your slot width and got that right the first time, this should work fine. My bee worked on the first go.


The bee is awesome! The box is incredible!!! I love the joints! This is indeed a stunning work of art. I need to learn how to do those joint patterns. Thanks for sharing this one with us!

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Gasp It’s a murder hornet! RUN!


No, we’re all a bunch of busy bees!! We have to do what the Asian bees do and en mase swarm it and hug it to death!!


Yay, bees! And praying mantises, too.

I wonder who would win in a contest between murder hornets and fire ants…

I hear murder hornets. I saw a video of some REALLY stupid young man on YouTube that deliberately stung himself with one, just to see which one is worse. (Apparently he’s thinking of writing a book. And he’s destroying his liver with these stunts…but fame, you know.)

Here it is…

ok, that is just nuts. no, just no.


This probably is my anti-social crank coming out but I would not be sad if the next video this guy is in is of his funeral because he turned out to be deathly allergic and because these are new to the U.S. there wasn’t an antidote for him.

Kind of how I feel about all the a**hats demonstrating with their AR-15s and bandoliers to reopen right now & damn the consequences. If just one showed up in the obits as having contracted Covid at the rally & did not recover it might make people think more than they seem to be capable of. (And I’m going to be really pissed if more gun legislation passes because the morons inspire backlash in the legislature and I’m painted with the same “shouldn’t let stupid people have guns” brush :thinking:)


This has taken a turn…

But it’s probably not a surprise to you to find out that the reopen america “grassroots” campaigns are a carefully orchestrated astroturf campaign by some gun advocacy groups.

As for the rest of it, have you met my friend “Leopards ate my face”?


Isn’t censorship of topics kind of anti-Reddit?

I didn’t know people were keeping track.

Trouble with many gun advocacy groups is they can’t take a breath and calm down. They can be incredibly extreme. I don’t think the average American gives much thought to the subject until one side or the other starts winding up for major hissy fits. Then the advocates look like morons and the regulatory wingers win. They of course look to call a guy with a gun the minute their house is invaded but they don’t connect the dots. We (gun owners) might be better off if we toned down the rhetoric and didn’t go rubbing people’s noses in our firearms. :pleading_face:

Full disclosure - I’m a pistol & rifle instructor and former competition shooter.


You know what? This is super offtopic, so I am going to jank it.

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I just got orders for 6,000 earsavers from GF so I’m gonna be too busy to be peevish :smiley:

Fortunately (?) it’s going to snow tonight/tomorrow so it’s going to be crap outside so I won’t be tempted to play out there. I’ll just be sitting in my basement lair running the GF. Can’t believe it’s May and there’s a polar vortex :man_shrugging:


It’s almost as if something is disrupting the normal flow of the upper atmosphere with unnaturally high temperature causing vortexes to swirl off that would normally stay put.

Can’t imagine what.