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  1. #1
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    Default D. Coats Nuc Boxes

    I have been working on a few 5 frame nuc boxes based on the original specs and post by D. Coates. I started visiting a few local construction sites and after a few calls I was able to gather (for free) several partial sheets of 3/4" plywood and some 15/32" plywood. One project was a remodel, and they had 5-6 full sheets of 15/32" new plywood that they were glad to give me. I started making a few boxes and have been experimenting with the original design to suit my needs. I am making 5 frame standard deeps, as well as a few 6 5/8" shallow nucs. The 3/4" boxes are definitely heavy-duty but the 15/32" seems to work well also. In addition I have experimented using 3/4" for the sides and 15/32" for the end panels. Keeping the correct interior dimensions, and the proper bee space is important. I have a few more to make, and then finish up the painting. Someone asked awhile back about an adjustable entrance. I took a couple pictures of some metal entrance reducers I made (with a sliding closure) that I have used on a few hives. I also use these with the Dadant metal mouse guards to minimize the size of the entrance. They work great. No two of these boxes are really identical. I have never attached photo files here but I’ll give it a try. Thanks D. Coates for getting me started.

    http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/...P1010491-1.jpg
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    Last edited by Barry; 03-21-2011 at 10:42 AM. Reason: images too large - read image posting rules!

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    Default Re: D. Coats Nuc Boxes

    Barry apologies regarding the size of my original pictures. I have never posted photos before and tried to follow the procedures. I'll continue to read up on the best practices. Thank you for your assistance.

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    Default Re: D. Coats Nuc Boxes

    So I made a few of these and the frames fit perfectly. so perfectly that there is no extra room around the end of the frames. I could switch my end pieces to 3/8 which would give me an extra 1/4 around the the frames so the girls can climb around the sides of the frames. Is that important? Do they need to move around the outer edge of the frames or is top and bottom enough? My typical boxes are 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 inner dimensions and this nuc winds up being 18 x 7 1/2 so there is not slop on the ends for the bee's to move around the frames. I could switch from 1/2 to 3/8th on the end caps and that would give us more room for them making it 18 1/4 long. Any suggestions.?

    PS I like your sheet metal closers thingy. Nice.

    These were the plans I used http://s196.photobucket.com/albums/a...3-17205915.jpg
    Last edited by EastSideBuzz; 03-21-2011 at 06:26 PM.

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    Default Re: D. Coats Nuc Boxes

    Do they need to move around the outer edge of the frames
    If they cant move around the ends they will glue them together and you will hate life... Those nucs turned out nice, the only thing I would do is paint the landing board and about an inch into the opening so they don't rot there first..
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: D. Coats Nuc Boxes

    That is what I was hoping you would not say. OK. We will cut new ends out of 3/8 and modify them. That will give some moving room around the ends. Might cut a few channels running side ways to allow guaranteed bee movement. Guess the dimensions of the plans I used, I did not take into account my using 5/8 in ply instead of 1/2 inch.

    I will save the 40 ends I will have left over for the next batch of Nuc's and make them a bit larger so I can use them. Or I have 40 started boards for my fireplace.

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    Default Re: D. Coats Nuc Boxes

    I discovered the same thing using 19/32". I was making swarm traps and it's not that important anyway. On the next batch, I cut the side panels 19 -7/16", which is 18-1/4" + ( 2 x thickness).

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