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  1. #1
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    Default 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    I live in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where at least 1/3 of my beekeeping costs come from shipping in heavy hive components (e.g., unassembled supers). I want to save some money by building my own supers from local lumber, but the only lumber I can get at a reasonable price is 3/4-inch thick. So my question is...

    Can I make my supers from 3/4-inch lumber instead of the usual 7/8-inch?

    What difference does that 1/8th of inch make?

    My local climate is a bit on the wet side, wet springs, short summers, winters long and damp but generally mild.

    Thanks,
    - Phillip
    @ Mud Songs

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    Default Re: 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    3/4" is standard for "one inch" thick lumber. All the commerical hive bodies are made with it, so are all the top bars in the frames I've bought.

    You won't have any trouble with it.

    Paint your equipment properly and it will last a long time.

    Peter

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    Default Re: 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    7/8" isn't "usual" in these parts. Betterbee is the only one I know that sells woodenware made with 7/8" pine and I have some of those, but everyone I buy from now uses 3/4". The 7/8" makes not a bit of difference except some of my home made frames are too tight in their boxes.

    The hundreds of boxes I made were from 3/4" stock and the plans posted here on the Build It Yourself section are designed for 3/4" stock.

    Wayne

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    Default Re: 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    I make 3/4, 7/8, 15/16, and 1 inch cypress hives. The only difference I have noticed is thicker wood cups worse when not sealed from moisture. The "R value of 1/8 inch of wood is insignificant, 1/4 inch is hardly significant, wet/moist anything very significant.
    When you make supers of different thickness try to keep the interior dimension the same for good bee space and frame fit.
    americasbeekeeper.com
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    Default Re: 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    Local lumber in Canada is in inch ?? and not in mm ??


    BEE HAPPY Jim 134

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    Default Re: 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    I've made all my own hive bodies from whatever I can find. 1in and half in and everything in between. All that matters to me is that they work and there's enough room for a rabbet(what the frames sit on). It doesn't have to be perfect, and count any small gaps as a way for ventilation and the bees will seal up the rest.

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    Default Re: 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    Use your local 3/4" lumber.

    I believe Mann Lake also sells 7/8" boxes...
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: 3/4-inch or 7/8-inch lumber for supers?

    I also notice the odd 7/8" boxes when I try to hang my wire frame holder on the side of one. Doesn't fit.

    Wayne

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