Re: New beekeeper - made my own frames, will they work?
-I think they will work fine. The bees certainly won't care. The point of removing the lower part of the frame ends is to reduce the opportunity for the bees to propolize the lower part of the frames together. If you get at least 1/4" space between the lower part of the ends, you will have achieved that part.
If you are just using a regular saw blade to make your dado cuts (notches), I recommend investing in a set of dado blades (a pair of end blades with a set of cutters). If you are already using dado blades, investigate making a jig to hold the blanks in a consistent position relative to the blade. Also, while using glue will be slower in assembly, it will strengthen the frames and fill some of the gaps.
Personally, I use Titebond II and one top staple for top bars.
In the long run, you may consider acquiring a used jointer, if you have the space and some spare cash. It will make the cutting of consistent reliefs in the bar end much easier and faster.
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