I thought I would post up some pictures of my TBH. Granted, the body is plywood but ATM that was my option. It's 4' long by 18" deep. Internal size is 17" by 15" comb on the bars which tapers down to 8" or so at the bottom, which is a solid board with no screen.
Now, for the bars, I'm using 1 1/4" wide by 19" long with a 5/8" deep rabbet on each side which gives a 3/8" high ear to hang by. The bottom of the bars has a centered 15 degree bevel. I'll be using 1/4" spacers for honey bars.
I chose that for the bars because it will fit into a standard lang hive. Are my measurements correct for the bars? I've got some cut and milled, but others are waiting to mill. Figure it'd be best to find out if I'm screwing it up now and keep from wasting bars to bad measuring.
Another concern may be the depth.. At 15" deep, it seems a bit much to my eye.. Or am I just worrying myself? The hive will not be in direct sunlight from noon on and I'm using a piece of 1" foam above the bars and under the corrugated plastic roof, so I don't expect any large fluctuation in temps that the bees themselves can't handle regulating.
I've also got a 55 gallon drum I'm considering making hives out of. Has anyone had success with this? I'd seen it done, but never any long term data.
Last thing racking my brain is the entrance. I'm planning for sure on putting it at the end and not the side, but I'm stuck wondering if I should indeed put it at the top, or keep it at the bottom... Choices choices.
Oh yeah.. With the legs, it comes up to my waist in height. Thinking of dropping it 6 more inches or so.. Maybe.
So... Critique away!