>>so my tool list would include a woodworking bench something like this , hand saw, rabbet plane eg , a drill(to pre drill holes in sides before screwing) and of course a hammer and a chisel. am I missing something here?<<
Actually a circular saw, a router, and a drill a set of router bits and drill bits, a square, hammer, exterior grade glue and six or eight bar clamps with openings of at least 24 inches. I don't think a rabbet plane will do the job you want without a large learning curve.
If you can't build a hive off the plans here at beesource then you might want to think about buying. Now that's not a slam but it will be Important to build a box farely close in tollarence and square or those bees will glue it up with comb and proplois. Only you can judge your skill level.
The wooden ware prices are not too bad but it's the shipping that will get ya. If you live within a couple of hour drive to a supplier then you could pick it up youself. I hope these ramblings have helped. Let us know what you did.
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