Point taken, and I believe it is a great one and can apply to a lot of things we do individually as beekeepers. I personally do not know how frames hold up without glue and nails, because I have always glued and nailed themI think beekeepers should always question a practice or manipulation and see if doing it differently works as well or better. Once you find a method that gives you good results, then stick with it. The bees don't care, it's all about pleasing yourself.
FWIW combining old parts with new parts is not worth it. Sawing through nails and staples can be dangerous.A while ago, on this forum, someone had a thread about gluing hive equipment, in conjunction with nailing/stapling them. I began doing it, first I used polyurethane glues, but they were messy and hard to clean from my hands. Then I tried Titebond II and III. Now I just use Titebond III and a pneumatic stapler. Easy to clean up, quick to go together, and stays together, very well. The only problem, now, is that when a Bottom Bar warps, I need to use the band saw, with its carbide toothed blade, to cut out the bad Bottom Bar, also cutting through the glue and staples, so I can install a replacement Bottom Bar. But, the way the Top Bar is connected to the End Bars, I'm afraid that Top Bar replacement is not as easily possible. If a Top Bar warped or twisted beyond usability, I'm afraid all I could salvage from that frame would be the Bottom Bar.
Dangerous?FWIW combining old parts with new parts is not worth it. [HIGHLIGHT] Sawing through nails and staples can be dangerous.[/HIGHLIGHT]
Seems this new poll did actually serve a purpose. From the old it seemed more of an academic discussion, this one is more of a practical or "in practice" discussion.
Helps me feel better since I just built 100 frames and left the glue the shelf!
Yes, carbide can safely cut metal but it can also shatter when there is an interrupted cut. The rule of thumb is two teeth must be in contact with the metal at all times. With nails, especially small nails two teeth may not be in contact all the time and results in shattering the carbide tip tooth. Typically in these cases an abrasive blade is usually use. Carbide tipped blades for table saws are not meant for cutting ferrous metals.since I used my carbide toothed band saw. And it can be safely used to cut metal, too.
Aluminum nails: http://www.doitbest.com/Aluminum_+c...Aluminum-model-2NFMXK-doitbest-sku-700156.dibYes, aluminum, copper, brass, lead will not harm a carbide tipped blade. [HIGHLIGHT]Nobody is using these metals for nails.[/HIGHLIGHT]