View Full Version : Dimensions for rough cut lumber
03-30-2010, 07:35 AM
Does anyone have plans for have hives with rough cut lumber. I'm assuming that the plans posted here are for planed lumber that is actually only 3/4" thick. Doesn't it mess with the inside dimensions if you use 1" thick wood?
03-30-2010, 10:23 AM
Just keep the inside the same as the plan make sur the extra is on the outside so that the frames will fit inside and keep the beespace.
03-30-2010, 03:09 PM
Why do you want to do this? If the time comes when your wife wants to sell your equipment there would be very few folks who would want to buy it because it wouldn't match up w/ standard equipment. Plane your lumber and build your equipment to standard dimensions.
Or is this for a TBH? If so, forget what I wrote.
Eaglerock mentioned building hives w/ rough cut lumber so that the bees would propolize the insides. He's also a no-treatment honey producer.
Was that what you were thinking?
03-30-2010, 03:27 PM
Propolize the insides? They do that w/ planed lumber too. How much propolizing do you want? And wouldn't you want to avoid the splinters?
That's one of the few reasons that I can think of as to why someone would want to have rough cut surfaces on a hive.
03-30-2010, 05:52 PM
Bees do propolize rough wood more than smooth. To compensate for thicker wood just make your dovetails or rabbet joints the wood thickness. There is enough space in a standard Langstroth for variations of 3/16 inch. There is at least one supplier of 7/8 thick equipment. In poorer countries they build with watever we can find.