I cannot tell you how thrilling this is for us - harvesting our very own honey. It has been a very productive spring / summer for the bees and I am thinking there will be a bit more of this to come. We only took off one 8-frame box, from one hive. It was the third honey super they had totally filled, so we decided it was time for a taste.
I used a bee escape between the box of honey we planned to take and the rest of the hive. When Noah and I took the box off 24 hours later, there were only about a dozen or so bees left in it. I'll admit that I was pleasantly surprised with what a peaceful and easy process it was for both us and the bees. We used the crush-and-strain method of extracting with one of these handy buckets.