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  1. #1
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    Default Langstroth Hive Dimensions?

    I am new to bee keeping, started with two hives this spring, one package and one established hive. I would like to start a third hive this coming spring by splitting the established hive which is a very strong hive. I am in the process of making hive bodies and supers. But what dimensions do I use? I have found these two plans and they have different dimensions?

    http://www.beesource.com/plans/langstroth.htm

    http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/bkCD/equipment/HivePlans.pdf

    Thanks
    Sprig

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    Default Hive Dimensions

    Most everybody's dimensions are 16 1/4 wide and 19 3/4 long and are 9 11/16 tall with a 5/8 x 3/8 dado for the frames. This is for the hive bodies, illinois or medium supers are 6 5/8 tall and shallows are 5 11/16 tall. Hope this helps you.

    Thanks Dwight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprig View Post
    I have found these two plans and they have different dimensions?

    http://www.beesource.com/plans/langstroth.htm

    http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/bkCD/equipment/HivePlans.pdf

    Thanks
    Sprig
    I believe the second set of plans shows butt joint construction while the first has finger joints. This would account for the different dimensions.
    Last edited by The Honey House; 12-10-2007 at 08:27 AM. Reason: fingers rabbits dovetails

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    I use the plans posted here on Beesource. With a 5/8 dado. Everything works just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by REDTRACTOR1 View Post
    Most everybody's dimensions are 16 1/4 wide and 19 3/4 long... Thanks Dwight
    Not 19 7/8 long?

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    that's the first time i've seen plans for butt joints. i don't see any problem with that with glue and deck screws but i also go with a 19 7/8" length. remember to go by inside dimensions when using alternative joining and or lumber widths.
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    Default Hive Diminsions

    My bad should be 19 7/8 brain thinking one thing and fingers typing something else.
    Thanks Dwight

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    Default hive dimensions

    Sprig, try diy plans, the only site that also had the inside dimensions.bill

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