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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Building (non-standard) plywood bodies

    Well, I guess it's true, no good deed goes unpunished! I feel foolish for responding to this, oh well...

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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Building (non-standard) plywood bodies

    It is good subject material. Direct responses are probably not helpful to the OP at this point though.

    I think I would have passed on the boards covered in concrete residue. 12" saw blades are not cheap.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Building (non-standard) plywood bodies

    I get a lot of free wood from work. I use it to make tops, bottoms and nucs. I certainly wouldn't turn down 1 inch ply. As long as you keep the inside dimensions correct the extra 1/4 width won't matter. As a matter of fact I have bought boxes from two of the major manufacturers and they have different OD. My deeps have smaller OD than my mediums so I have to adjust them a bit when I put my honey supers on.

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    Default Re: Building (non-standard) plywood bodies

    I never thought I'd ever be adding to a nine-year-old thread ...

    Plywood has it's uses, although I'm not convinced it's ideal for bee-boxes, as it's such a dense material - meaning that's it's heavy and has poor insulation value.

    One-inch plywood would be much better employed as the floor of a bee-shed, imo - but I'm a great believer in using whatever materials are available - so - having scored such thick plywood (if the OP is still alive, is reading this, AND still has this plywood unused ), I'd recommend that it be turned into stand-alone one-piece boxes such as Long Hives to avoid the issue of compatibility with standardised equipment.

    Good to see such names as David LaFerney - I've read several of his earlier posts with great interest. I particularly like his comment: "It's about the bees, not the boxes".
    LJ
    A Heretics Guide to Beekeeping http://heretics-guide.atwebpages.com/

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