5 frame nuc design
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    Default 5 frame nuc design

    Here are some plans for a 5 frame nuc I came up with. I didnt like the handel/framerest idea, because I ran into problems stacking boxes on top of them. You should get 4 nucs per sheet of 3/4 inch plywood. Home Depot had it for sale at $24 a sheet. Be mindful of the saw curf when cutting though. I allowed 1/8" around each piece to compensate for the saw kerf. Used glue and deck screws and a router for the frame rests.




    I don't know why the picture is sideways, sorry.
    Let me know if you have questions.
    Thanks,
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    Default Re: 5 frame nuc design

    About what i got out of a sheet as well. 24 bucks is super cheap. Only noticeable difference I'd recommend is a way bigger entrance hole offset half way up. allows more ventilation and room during flows.
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    Here in Texas, it's really hot for summertime. Here is a tip. DITCH that metal flashing that only adds heat/cold during the summer/winter. The key is to have the wood sealed. Get some painters caulk and caulk all knots and cut edges/holes voids. Then paint twice. It's in my opinion that metal flashing is somewhat a gimmick that once you think about the heat or cold during the seasons, it's going to make you think twice. Not too many commercial bee keepers have them. Just saying....... Bit of logic

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    Default Re: 5 frame nuc design

    Looks nice! Are the frame rests dado-ed (sp?) into the end pieces?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orthoman View Post
    Looks nice! Are the frame rests dado-ed (sp?) into the end pieces?
    Thanks, I used a router for the frame rests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tfolger View Post
    Thanks, I used a router for the frame rests.
    I've started doing that as well. Cutting the frame rests after the boxes are assembled with a router is easier than setting up my dado set and table saw, as long as you've got a 3/8" rabbet bit.
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    Default Re: 5 frame nuc design

    I have had just as good luck using 1/2" plywood and the D. Coates design.

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