I took 2 frames that were full, but they were only really full on the fronts. The backs had little on them.
My very scientific method of gathering was this: open the hive, pull out the frame, shake all the bees off, brush the remaining bees off, and walk away very fast so the bees couldn't get me. Then quickly put the frame in the bucket in the house and close the door. Repeat. Add smoke fairly liberally throughout.
I didn't get stung. Happy day!
That part worked pretty well--it was the uncapping that was not pretty.
It is WAY too easy to cut the comb right off the frame without meaning to. I need a lot more practice. I did what I could, over the bucket, and got a bunch of it in. However, I did remove more comb than I would have liked and it's now sitting in a strainer over a bowl on the warm stove, so it can drain.
This was pretty messy. I didn't get much on the floor, so that's good, but it would have been nice not to get so much comb. I can see the allure of the extractor.
After I was done and got as much honey off as I could, I brought the frames back to the bees to clean and repair. I did not get stung, although they were more ready for me this time. Happy day!
And that's the honey harvest for this year. You know something? The honey tastes like flowers. More bees next year! No doubt about it.
Edited to add:
The results are in! After letting it set in the bucket overnight, this was the take:
That's a 1/2 gallon jar, so it was about 1/4 gallon and a cake of wax, which I rendered afterwards. Not a bad haul for what turned out to be one complete (front and back) frame of honey. The taste is incredible, and I am so happy. I am surprised at the color of it, though. It's so much darker than I would have thought. I wonder what those bees were eating??