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    Default Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    I recalculated the dimensions of the Dcoates nuc box to make and 8-frame medium nuc with a similar design. Passed the dimensions onto Robo who kindly made a cut sheet and plans. Internal volume is slightly larger than the 5-frame deep with a little extra comb area in the frames. I know there is quite a few people using all mediums including myself and needed a good medium nuc box that was inexpensive. Can still get 4 nucs out of a sheet of plywood.

    http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/downlo...umNucPlans.pdf

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Wow! Perfect timing. I just bought several sheets of plywood and am ready to fire up the ol' Shopsmith. Thanks for doing this and sharing it with us!

    Gail

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    If you get a chance to make sawdust before I do can you post some feedback on the design and cut layout here? I'm hoping by the weekend I can start making nucs.

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Looks good. How much should I expect to pay for a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" plywood?

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Looks good. How much should I expect to pay for a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" plywood?
    Should be ~ $25, but changes from location to location. In my area at Lowe's, I can save almost $3 per sheet by going to the Lowes that is 10 miles farther from my house. Not worth it for one sheet, but if I am buying a bunch...
    Last edited by Fishman43; 01-16-2013 at 12:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    And how many 5-frames nuc can I get from 1 sheet?

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    And how many 5-frames nuc can I get from 1 sheet?
    4

    http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yo...oates-version/

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Outstanding thank you both for the effort. I did the standard 5 frame NUC DCoats project last year and may have to build one of the 8 frame sets before Spring. I am starting two 10 frame med. super hives in April and it would be nice to go either way. I may sell some NUCs for beekeeping funds if I get lucky or skillful enough to start some NUCs. For me a nice design option for the plywood NUCs would be a screened bottom.
    Last edited by mmmooretx; 01-16-2013 at 07:24 PM. Reason: typo
    Mike
    N5RWH - 9a

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Fishman Lowes price matches, they should match their own.
    https://www.facebook.com/stevesbees99
    Please visit my page, Thanks

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    You know I didn't even think about that and should ask for it!

    I did ask a sales guy why that was and got a completely unsatisfactory and probably uninformed answer, but then I don't expect much from 95% of their sales staff.

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    I think that's a bit expensive for a sheet of 1/2" plywood. I bought a couple last year and they were under $20/cdn. Are you buying a better grade plywood for making nucs?

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    I bought some last spring for ~$15/sheet.

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_12227-99899-...ood&facetInfo=

    $26.77 per sheet. I tried some of the $16 sheets, but they blistered and delaminated inside of a month.

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Oh those are definately much nicer looking then the ones I picked up! The ones I bought have knot holes etc, not sanded.

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Nice! Perfect way to add a feeder inside and not lose too much space.
    Just.realised its a medium, ill just have to. Modify a bit for full deeps..

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    Quote Originally Posted by DLMKA View Post
    I recalculated the dimensions of the Dcoates nuc box to make and 8-frame medium nuc with a similar design. Passed the dimensions onto Robo who kindly made a cut sheet and plans. Internal volume is slightly larger than the 5-frame deep with a little extra comb area in the frames. I know there is quite a few people using all mediums including myself and needed a good medium nuc box that was inexpensive. Can still get 4 nucs out of a sheet of plywood.

    http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/downlo...umNucPlans.pdf

    I am wondering how these nucs overwinter? (i.e. do they handle moisture build up well, etc.? )

    Also have you tried adding another body to make it a double?

    Orlando

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    Default Re: Dcoates 8-frame medium nuc adaptation

    I did something simular to this last year. One thing I realized, after making some, was that a standard 10 frame size box with a med frame feeder leaves you 8 frames. So I forwent making special equipment and just used regular boxes for nucs. Less specialized equipment less money sitting in storage.

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