Re: 11 frames for broodnest
It would be nice to get one of the manufacturers to make 1.25 inch frames. I've made my own for the last 34 years.
The tolerances on narrow frames are very tight. 1/32 of an inch error can be a major problem in a couple of places in the cuts. The cut that makes the most difference in my experience is the groove in the topbar that the foundation fits into. You have to cut it so the foundation fits exactly in the centerline of the topbar. That means you have to allow for the thickness of the foundation. Other than that, make sure the end bars are a full 3/8 of an inch thick. Several manufacturers cut endbars at 5/16 which will bow in a wired narrow frame.
DarJones - 46 years, 16 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell