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I am looking to build a large frame 4 frame nuc. I would like the bottom attached to the box. Does anyone have any measurements or suggestions. Thanks for any help.
 

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I am looking to build a large frame 4 frame nuc. I would like the bottom attached to the box. Does anyone have any measurements or suggestions. Thanks for any help.
There are plans for a five-frame nuc here on BeeSource. If you want four frame size, take off about 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" from the width. Take the bottom stand and attach it with four 2-1/2" or so length decking screws to the brood box. All mine have attached but easily removable bottoms. I also made a screened inner cover for venting during transportation that I secure with 1" or 1-1/4" screws. The screen isn't used except for very hot days or crowded nucs that I'm moving.
 

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Instead of making more nucs, I made a follower board. I reduce a 10 frame down to 4 frames, 5 or whatever. Allows me the wood savings as I don't plan on overwintering in Nucs, and allows me to move and add frames as needed without ever having to change out boxes or bees. It looks and fits just like a frame, just longer on the bottom to seal off the rest fo the hive. I also just used one on a 10 frame box and made a front and rear entrance and have 2 nucs in one hive body as well. I will have to move them as time goes on....
 
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