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  1. #1
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    Cameron Wisconsin USA
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    Default Bee Box's/dove tail joints

    I use all 8 frame medium supers. Can I get by with making them without the dovetails? Or will they not last as long?

  2. #2
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    Indianapolis IN 46227
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    Default Re: Bee Box's/dove tail joints

    Use rabbit joints, glue with Liquid Nails Exterior glue, nail well with 1/4"x 1 1/4" galvanized narrow crown staples.
    I've made hundreds of these. They will last as long as any.

  3. #3
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    May 2012
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    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: Bee Box's/dove tail joints

    I second the plan above, except I use Titebond II and finish nails.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2013
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    Greene, (Upstate) NY. The Great USA
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    Default Re: Bee Box's/dove tail joints

    1" pine, Titebond III, 2" deck screws. Rabit joints cut on table saw. Finished 12 deeps and 12 mediums yesterday!

  5. #5
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    Nov 2011
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Bee Box's/dove tail joints

    > Can I get by with making them without the dovetails?

    Commercially made hive bodies are generally made with box joints, not dovetail joints. The difference is that the edges of a dovetail joint are not parallel to any plane of the wood. Box joints are parallel to the wood.


    Dovetall joint above


    Box joint above

    Rabbet joints (or rebate joints in certain parts of the world ) work fine for bee boxes. Just be sure to use both glue and your choice of mechanical fasteners.
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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