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  1. #1
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    Default Multi purpose Deeps

    Hi,

    I'm in the process of building some Deeps and would like to cut a dado in the center of the short side, so they can also be used as nucs. I was just wondering what materials anyone doing the same is using. My first thought was maybe something like 1/4 plywood. I may get clever and put dado's in multiple places so i can operate the Deep as a 1,2,3 or 4 way.

    Gary
    Last edited by garusher; 11-11-2012 at 07:29 PM.

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    Default Re: Multi purpose Deeps

    I use all 3/4" pine.
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    Default Re: Multi purpose Deeps

    I use the 1/4", watch out if you are cutting hand holds, the hand hold hits the dato (ask me how I know).
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    Default Re: Multi purpose Deeps

    I don't dado, but use a tight fitting 1/2" follower board.
    I made a few out of masonite with a 3/4" wise top bar...bad idea, as the bees hung comb form the top bar.

    Using a tight fitting follower board will allow you to let one nuc expand a frame at a time, and concentrate their effort on one frame of comb at a time. It also leaves them less space to keep warm in early spring expansion.

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    Default Re: Multi purpose Deeps

    Good information, i never gave the hand hold contacting the dado.

    Follower board, I'm guessing that is a snug fitting board with maybe a top contoured to fit where the frames normally rest?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 11-12-2012 at 05:11 PM. Reason: UNQuote

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    Default Re: Multi purpose Deeps

    That's exactly what it is.
    The "ears" on the board that set on the frame rest are 3/8" x 5/8".

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