Re: 8 frame box width
Actual commercial equipment from suppliers range from 13 3/4 to 14 inches wide. When I make equipment for people, I tend to just go by the 14 inch outside measurement and go from there. It is made at that width due to being able to put in a 1 gallon frame feeder without loosing your ability to have 8 frames. Personally my 8 frame equipment for myself is designed at a width of 13 1/4 inch as I use hive top feeders and do not need the extra room inside. I give myself an extra 3/4 inch to move frames and that's it.
Thomas Bartram - 26 - 8 F langs, 10 Italian , 10 Russian, 6 Carniolan