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  1. #1
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    I have a question-what are the "standard" hive body dimensions?

    The Beesource plans I have are great, but I am making hives that are 7/8" thick,but when I measure my hives(7/8" from Betterbee)it seems that the extra thickness gets taken from inside and outside(I supposed that the extra thickness was all outside)and did think that the frames in the 7/8" boxes SEEM a little closer than in my 3/4" boxes,and wondered what others thought about the little differences you find when you REALLY measure some hives.

    I really don't care if the boxes are a little different,but am probably building my own from here on out,and want them to work well.

    The other problem that I see is that if I follow the Beesource plans and let the extra hang out, I will have the bend my own tops,as the galvinized tops that are availible will be to small,or my telescopic "rim" really thin.

    What works well for you?

    THANKS!

  2. #2
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    The inside length is critical. It needs to be 18 3/8" from inside to inside and the rabbet needs to be 3/8" wide. The inside width could vary a bit without too much problems. Standard is 14 3/4" inside to insde. But with ten frames there is a bit of extra space on the outsides and cheating them by 1/4" total (1/8" on each side) wouldn't be that bad.

    INSIDE dimensions are the critical ones.

    Most telescopic tops have about 1/2" of slop in them so odds are a regular one will fit your boxes even if the extra is on the outside.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Thanks M.B. Thats kinda what I thought,but now that I have all my stock planed to 7/8",I wish I had stoped at 1",saved a couple of hours,and slept in last daylight saving time leap.

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