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  1. #41
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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    I use mostly constuction scraps - so tongue and groove.
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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    Just thought I'd mention that the closest Advantech dealer that showed up on the Advantech dealer locator was probably 70 miles from me. I decided to check my "local" (26 miles away ) Lowes and they have it...it's kind of interesting that Advantech doesn't show them as a dealer.

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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    I wish we had advantech locally, I would have already made quite a few test boxes with it. The used wood I have is all tongue and groove, easily ripped from the boards. Pretty sure I would do the same with a sheet of advantech.
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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    I used the Dcoates plywood plans modified a little. I used 1/2" thickness.
    Once assembled I soaked all exterior surfaces and edges in copper napthanate. These were done 3 years ago and look like they were done yesterday. I am a big believer in the copper napthanate protection. I have a sheet metal pan and put about 3/4" deep and let the woo dsoak for 1-2 minutes. It adds a little to the price but goes a long way. I generally like to dumpster dive for plywood but it is a hassle compared to buying nice new sheets. The last batch I made I used store bought and screwed the sheets together and gang cut them with a circular saw and a straight edge.

  5. #45
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    How do the 1/2" D. Coates boxes or the Advantech (1/2"??) boxes fare in the cold of winter? I am planning to make 30 to 40 of them for overwintering and am curious how the bees will do in them? Do you use any insulation? I'm in the middle of Connecticut & am curious what % of success I'm might expect??

  6. #46
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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    I strongly suggest adavantech instead of plywood if you are going to buy sheet stock.
    I agree. I'm using it exclusively for tops and bottoms. Most not painted and holding up well with very little warping. Made some of CDX plywood that warped and separated. I like the advantech.

  7. #47
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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBeeGood View Post
    How do the 1/2" D. Coates boxes or the Advantech (1/2"??) boxes fare in the cold of winter? I am planning to make 30 to 40 of them for overwintering and am curious how the bees will do in them? Do you use any insulation? I'm in the middle of Connecticut & am curious what % of success I'm might expect??
    I have used the dcoates boxes to over winter here in Missouri. We don't get as cold here as you do there, but the thing to remember is it's not normally the cold that kills the bees it's moisture or getting caught covering brood and not able to cluster properly. I got 2 nucs thru our winter that were so weak they had no business making it, but they did, and one of those is one of my most productive queens right now. Going into this next winter my plan is to overwinter multiple nucs and to have 5 frame supers for them as well. I make the supers the same way as the regular dcoates except that I leave off the bottom of course, don't drill an entrance in it, and I add cleats to both sides on the bottom (this covers up the crack that there would be on the bottom one without a lid). Good luck

  8. #48
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    Thanks! I appreciate the info. When do you start your Nucs that you are planning to overwinter?

  9. #49
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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    Interesting discussion. I'm making 5 frame nuc boxes out of 15 mm ply - get 4 out of a 1200 x 2400 sheet. Good value

  10. #50
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBeeGood View Post
    Thanks! I appreciate the info. When do you start your Nucs that you are planning to overwinter?
    Both nucs that went thru winter last year were mid year splits that never took off (DROUGHT) that I put back into nucs in the fall. I don't think they would have survived if they had been in a 10 frame box. As for timing the nucs for when to start them to over winter I don't think that even if I had a good idea on that for my area that you would want to follow the same timing up there. I think for you, that you'd be better off following what Michael Palmer does because he is in Maine (I think, somewhere up northeast), and that would more match your climate. My plan this year is to make multiple batches of grafted queens until the drought(if only it wouldn't)kicks in, and then manage the nucs in a double nuc (10 frames) arrangement, stealing brood or stores or giving stores to keep them a good size. Then over winter them, come spring assuming that they survived (and why wouldn't they my bees are awesome LOL), basically split it in 2, 1/2 will have the queen and 1/2 won't, the 1/2 without a queen will get a queen cell from grafts I would have started about 10 days before the split. So I get to sell an over wintered nuc, and then I have a 2nd nuc ready for sale hopefully 4 weeks later.

  11. #51
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    Default Re: plywood nuc boxes

    Those Northeast states are all the same anyway. Palmer= Vermont
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