I've been browsing around this forum for the last few days and have found it very helpful and informative. This will be my first year keeping bees and I decided to start with top bar hives for many reasons. I picked up lumber today to build two hives. And I have my packages ordered for April 12. I am basing my design on Bush Farm's guidelines. I was wondering, though, how important it is to have different spacing for brood bars and honey comb bars. I don't have a table saw so it won't be easy to rip wood for smaller bars. I got 1x2 wood for the bars, so they will be 1 1/2 inches wide. I can get the wood to a friend's house to rip them, but I have a busy month this month and don't know if I'll have time before my bees arrive.