Re: New hand holds!
Cleo: All good points and I pretty much agree with everything except, long term (say 20+ years) a finger joint far outperforms any rabbet joint I have ever seen. There is a reason all major bee equipment manufacturers use exclusively finger joints.
Yes, in reselling there is a hurdle to overcome if things don't pass the first visual test of uniformity. My father spent years growing our business by buying out smaller operations. I have dealt with the gamut of homemade equipment but my reaction was always the same the first time I would see the latest stuff he purchased....."oh no! What this time?"
If you have designs on growing your operation considerably, or even if you don't and you think you might want to sell some day. I recommend that do it yourselfers mimic commercial appearance and particularly dimensions as closely as possible. It's not an indictment on anyone's woodworking skills just a statement of reality.
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