Going into my second year as a Beek, I'm thinking it's time to get around to making an observation hive. This is something that's been on my Beekeeping "to do" list. Personally, I could put it off a little longer, but my wife has been itching for it, plus I think it would aid me in learning more about the girls.
After much though and research, and realizing that my woodworking skills are average at best, I've decided on the 8 frame medium detailed at Honey Run Apiaries.
LINK to PDF of Plans
My question is, and what I'm debating....Is it really necessary to build the outer frame with 2X4's? He does refer to the construction being "heavy duty" to be dog, cat, and child proof....NONE of which I have.
I'm thinking 1X4's would make it a lot less bulky looking, not to mention a bit lighter...but just want to make sure it's still structurally sound.
Also, I'm toying with the idea of leaving off the jar feeder, since I'm trying not to feed unless absolutely necessary...in an emergency I'd simply insert a frame of honey instead.