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    Default Cutting Layout

    I tried to post this earlier but I don't see it anywhere, sorry if this is a double post.

    I was given some rough cut boards 1" X 12" X 12' and want to build some Langstroth boxes. Does anyone have some instructions for using 12 foot boards to get the maximum boxes with minimum waste? I'm thinking of one board with X ends and Y sides and the other with a different combination to get the best use out of the wood.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Cutting Layout

    Welcome to beesource

    http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yo...-barry-birkey/

    Barrys drawings are for 3/4 boards but all you need to do is keep the inside demsions correct with rabbit joints you can get a box from a 6ft board
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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    Default Re: Cutting Layout

    Using box joints and 3/4" lumber the best way to cut 12' boards is seven sides or seven ends and one side from a board.

    This assumes that the ends are not split, you don't have to dodge any serious knots (you want them in the middle of the board, not the ends), and that you plane down to 3/4", and that you can accurately cut the boards (radial arm saw -- table saw is going to be a pain and unless you are much better than I, hand sawn will require squaring up).

    You may need to drop back to six longs and one short if the lumber is flat enough to leave it thicker (and you then need to make the box joints deeper while maintaining the inside dimensions).

    I would plane down at least one side (the inside) to get the joints accurate, although you don't need to cut all the way down to 3/4 except to get rid of cupping.

    You will also need to joint one edge down to completely square -- it is important that the cuts for length are dead square both ways.....

    Peter

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    Default Re: Cutting Layout

    Ed, Peter Thanks for the replies. Sure wish I had a plane but the wood looks pretty flat. I'll have to wing it. So, I guess I'll just have to measure everything from the inside out and go for the best.

    Thanks

    de KI0OT, Brad

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    Default Re: Cutting Layout

    If they are still "green" you should factor some shrinkage into your plans as the boards cure.

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    Default Re: Cutting Layout

    shrinkage - didn't think of that. How do I tell how green they are and how much shrinkage should I expect?

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