I have some time until April so I can spend time designing a good hive! Below is a drawing of what I intend to build as of today.
I'd like some feedback on what people think and if there are changes that would make it better.
Here's what I had in mind when making the plans:
0) This is mostly just a modification of a couple sets of plans I saw online.
1) I don't own a table saw so all cuts have to be done on my sliding compound miter saw, which can cut up to about 12-13"
- as a corollary to the above things have to be done with whatever width wood is available.
- I found cheap "paint ready" side glued panels that are 11 7/8 ("12 inches") by 3/4" that are surprisingly cheap, flat, and sturdy!
2) I choose a 19" total bar size to be semi-compatible with a langstroth. ie so that I could chop&crop if i wanted to or go the other way an put topbars into a lang, if I was making a nuc some day. Or maybe if I bought an observation hive, with a little modification I could direct drop in topbars.
3) To maintain roughly 60 degree wall angle I needed to choose a 1x8 (3/4x7 1/4 actual) as the bottom board.
4) I put a square frame around the whole thing because I plan on adding a hinged lid. but I assume the design is not really important to the bees so I've left it out for now, same with the legs.
I don't have an entrance yet. What do people think about where it should go? I'm considering just a gap between the lid on one end for a top entrance.
(note thats a follower board in the center, having it in the drawing made the assembly easier make)
EDIT: odd the image got resized and dimensions are impossible to read. Here's a close up of the cutaway.