With only a few exceptions, I run all medium equipment. I want to stay that way. I also want to get into swarm trapping this year. I know that a 5 frame medium is tad too small for this. On the other hand, I don't want to use ten frame medium boxes because of the size and the fact that it ties up 5 extra frames (compared with the 5 frame box) that I could be using for something else. I don't want to use 8 frame either.
So, here's my idea: Build a standard 5 frame deep nuc box and put 5 medium frames in it. This will give the bees the volume they need while still allowing me to remove the frames and place them in a medium box when a swarm moves in. I know I'll have to cut comb off the bottom of the frames if I don't get to them in time, but I don't think that's a big deal.
Will this work?