Re: Making your own wooden ware and extractors!
I build stuff in groups of four to cut down on blade changes. I've found it cheaper and a lot easier to buy boxes. If I could locate nearly free lumber for boxes I might consider it more. Telescoping covers I build and found a local club member who sell the metal for $5 already bent. Screen bottom boards, inner covers, entrance reducers I also build. Includes nucs and 10 frame stuff.
I generally don't take on the task of building anything that I only need one of, however, I'm very much considering building a solar wax melter and taking a brood box and making it into 3 - three frame "queen castle".
Oh, I did also build two four caster carts that I stack supers, or whatever, on to move them around easier. I built the side a couple inches tall so when I put supers of honey on them it keeps them from dripping on the floor.
The value of painters latex caulk cannot be overrated for those missed cuts prior to painting!
Something to do in the winter when I can't play with the bees.
Try living life with the attitude it's not about what you want to do but what you should do!