Just about finished building my first hive. I have two deeps and two medium supers as well as the telescoping top, screened bottom board, and base. I was going to dado the box ends with glue and screws, but my woodworker buddy asked me if I was going to use my Keller dovetail jig to build it. ( My primary hobby is woodworking) Of course I had no choice but to fire up the router and dovetail jig and now I have some dovetailed supers. His partner at the shop (who is more production minded) asked why I didn't just dado the things and glue it up. sigh...
For the record I have about 16 hours into the project including painting.
Anyway my first question is about bee space. I reviewed the many plans on the net to make sure the boxes are sized correctly and was wondering do I need any bee space below the inner cover and the top of the frames? My frames are flush with the top of the supers with the allowance for bee space on the bottom of the frames.
Also does the inner cover need to be painted? It is all plywood.
Bees will be here May 1stish, so I have time.