Interesting, but without the accuracy of your mill to do the layout, you'd never get it dialed in. The advantage of the loose pin board is you can tune the joint until it fits. After that, you leave it setup. Just hang it on a nail until you need it again.
I didn't orginate all of them. The incubator bar came from a member here several years ago. I'm not sure if they are still around. Same with the frame assembly jig (everybody should build one). The box joint jig is pretty similar to dozens on the woodworking sites. The bottom board I worked out, and I'm still working on it trying to simplify.
Spring has sprung, time to get to work....
Who makes a dado set that doesn't cut 3/4" anyway?
Anyway, shims are on the way.
>>Who makes a dado set that doesn't cut 3/4" anyway?
umm?? China maybe
good luck on your boxes
I use an egg incubator:
You can take an old couch cushion: Cut the outer cover off, Saturate it in water, Freeze it, then drill holes while its frozen.
It takes a few tweaks to get the temp right. I put a hygrometer in mine so I know what the humidity is.
I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless
Box joints don't have to be 3/4", they just have to be a match. You can make the any dimension you want, just cut the pin to match.
China, probably. It's a Delta set, wasn't the most expensive by any means but cuts really nice.
I set out to build a couple of screened bottom boards following your design yesterday afternoon. It took about two hours to finish two of them and I am NOT a carpenter.
I got motivated and built 8 more in the next two hours.
While that may not be cost effective, by the time you figure in the shipping, I am VERY happy with what I did.
Besides, I used exterior wood glue and 14 - 2 1/4 inch wood screws on each bottom board so I know that this is a lot better and sturdier than the ones you order from the supply houses. I know.....I tend to overdo. I also put 4 coats of oil-based paint on everything! I am building these for my grandchildren to use when they retire.
The only thing that I don't really like about the design is the way the wire has to be stapled to the side of the railing instead of straight down on the base.
You notice, however, that that didn't stop me from making 10 of them and probably more as soon as I get some time......whatever "time" is!
Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for a screened bottom board that has a slide-in bottom for when I need it.
I have another simplier design I'm building and using now. I'll try to put together a quick page on it soon.
I used your idea with 2x4s to make some screen bottom boards with a sticky board. It appeared to be going well until assembly. The boards just were not straight enough. I did 45 degree angles at the back corners and some were not even close. Then the board across the front caused spacing issues...
So next time, I think I will joint and plane them to be straight and adjust the dimensions.
I never have to plane it, but I do select for reasonably straight sticks. I don't do 45s, those are for picture frames. That's why I use all straight cuts. The only critical dimension is the length of the front and back cross bars. Some warping over the 2 foot length shouldn't cause a problem as the sides are 3/4" on each side, allowing for an inch and a half of variance before it doesn't serve its purpose.
I build my bottom boards somewhat like the one you show. Rather than cutting the grove for a sticky pad, I remove the rest of the 2x4 and put a solid board on the bottom. I then take a flat alum. pan (disposible) and glue it to a thin board ( I use a politician sign) cut to slide in the bottom board. I pour veg. oil in the pan and it works great for killing mites and SHB. Just make sure the hive is level.
2nd year beek, 3 hives!
Good idea. I have never actually used the groove at all. It just seemed like a good idea at the time.
Just wanted to say thanks for the great post, I have been going back and forth between making my own stuff or buying it unassymbled and finishing it myself. I have enjoyed assymbling my frames so far and think that building everything from scratch might just add to the fun of this hobby. Little pride never hurt anyone right?
I too enjoy building from scratch but I only do tops, bottoms and nucs now. I can't get the wood cheap enough to make doing supers and deeps worth while especially since I recently found a close enough source to avoid shipping costs.
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My club has a source in Eastern WA that is about 6-7 bucks a super. I can make a super with wood from HD for 7-8 bucks. So it is not that much different but, it keeps me away from annoying the wifey for a bit. And the honey doo's.
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