Re: Making frames and boxes??
I made all my own boxes, bottom board (solid), Inner cover, and outer cover. But bought the frames online from Westernbee.com
I made deep hive bodies and med supers. I am using crimp wire foundation in the brood boxes and cut comb foundation in the mediums. I will not be extracting honey so foundation selection will be according to how you plan to manage your frames.
I used a table saw and finish nailer to make and assemble the entire hive. A Dado blade would have been nice but I managed without one. I did use a router to cut some of the notches for the frame rests. I would not want to try and make frames without a router and router table.
I got the wood free for making my boxes otherwise I think it would have been cheaper to buy ready made boxes.
Take your time and think it through as you cut and build. I now have 5 boxes one set up in my back yard waiting for the foundation to arrive. The bees are going to be the expensive part for me.
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