Re: Need a simple frame design to convert TBH to horizontal framed hive
I think dowels would be sufficient and easier than the next proposal. You could also cut a slit on the bottom of your topbars with a table saw and glue and nail 1/8 inch thick strips of wood of either 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 width to match the topbar width. On my partial frames the side wood is just slightly thicker than the slit cut by a table saw. I would make a slight wedge shape with sandpaper and hammer in the strip with the glue. Here is a picture of my semi-frames. They extend a little shy of halfway to the bottom of my hive.
I am going to have to move the strips together a little closer to give the girls beespace between the strip and the walls of the hive. I am afraid that I have given unwanted guest a hiding space.
Zone 6b; Elv.3,600 ft.(1,097m); AA Rain 20.36 in. (51.72 cm)