I had an adjustable shade blind on my porch that quit working properly so I replaced it with a new one. I was about to throw the old one out when I realized that the wooden slats that made up the blind were the perfect thickness and width to become center guides for foundationless frames.
I slice the slats lengthwise to give me two pieces of center guide that are about 3/4" wide by 1/16" thk. by 6ft long. I cut the guides to length and insert them in the top of the frame where the foundation normally goes and then use my brad nailer to fasten the frame strip tightly up against the guide. After fastening the guide in place I rub on a thin coating of beeswax on the guide and it's ready to go. These slats seem to be a good thickness for the bees to start their comb from and I don't have to make any modification to a normal frame.
From one old porch shade blind I believe I have enough slats to make a couple hundred center guides.
[size="1"][ June 08, 2006, 11:04 AM: Message edited by: carbide ][/size]
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