Re: Cost of Medium Hive Body
I get 1x material from the local Ace: 10.99 for 1x12x8 and 6.99 for 1x8x8. So I think it comes to $8 for a deep and $4.20 for a medium. I use glue, staples and butt joints. After I cut the box to width, I use the extra for cleat handles.
I built my first set of boxes with box joints, then went to rabbets, now to butt joints. Lots of Titebond III. The Egyptians used glue; the wood around the joint rotted out but the joint is still bonded together. Anyway.
You'll get faster and faster at putting boxes together, psm. I'd never used a table saw before I started, if that tells you anything.
I keep a close eye on local wood prices. If I had to buy all my wood from a box store, I'd probably buy my boxes to save time cutting.
BTW, I really like AdvanTech subflooring for tops and bottoms: I get 6 tops and 6 bottoms from one 4x8 sheet; it comes to about 2.50 each. Even with the rails the total cost is less than 5.00 each...
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