As I have watched wooden ware get more expensive each year and as my wood working skills have improved I have decided to make all my boxes myself as I can make them much cheaper. Yes I understand you can not make them much cheaper than you can buy them at conventional lumber prices but I have an ace up my sleeve when it comes to lumber.
That said I have experimented quite a bit now over the past few years building boxes. My table saw will not accommodate a dado stack but I have a router and table. I first made some simple butt joints and braced them with wood handles and they work ok but really annoy me when it comes time to wrap hives for winter. I also had a problem getting strait cuts on my boards but I have mastered that now and have started using a rabbet joint on both ends of all boards so there is four points of contact at each box joint. It is a bit of a chore to get the bit set just right to take of the perfect amount of each board to get a flush fit but well worth it when done.
So my real question is for those who have tested this joint over the years in their apiaries and what your opinion is with this type of joint? I glue, clamp, then put screws in to hold them tightly together while the glue dries. I use a router and strait 3/4 inch plunge bit to make and holds and rabbets. So far them seem quite strong and do not flex much so I am hoping they will service as well or nearly as my purchased finger joint boxes. I am also entertaining selling these boxes to people who ask me for equipment. I would have been ashamed to sell a butt jointed box but I would not be ashamed to sell these on the visual appearance of them but I don't want people shaking their head two years later and cursing me for them.
What do you think?