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Hive Pallet Construction - Spacers for the bottom board and Top Cover

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Greetings all,
Hope all of you beeks had a happy and enjoyable thanksgiving.

I am building some pallets and top cover for the upcoming spring. I have the basic tools like the table saw, etc. So I can do many of the cuts for the lumber myself. But my thought is if I can stick with box store dimensional lumber as much as I can, then I can save a lot of time. With that being said, I have a question on rims for the rims in the pallet. All my readings suggest we need the rim to be 3/8" in height. I cannot find dimensional lumber with that height of 3/8 inch, which is pressure treated. So my question is what others in this forum are using for the rim. Are you guys using 3/8" or something different. If so what height and how you are achieving the same with box store lumber. Thanks for the help in advance.
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You can use 1/2 inch or even 3/4 inch. It does not have to be 3/8 inch. I am using 5/8 for the rims. I use the 5/8 inch dog eared treated fence boards for the rims.They cost about $1.72 for a 5.5 inch wide by 6 foot long board.
 

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I build my whole pallet except for the 2x4 runners from the the 5/8 boards, they are treated and last a long time. The only thing about the boards is that they are still wet when you buy them and there is some shrinkage in width of the boards over time. If you set the boards in the sun for a couple of weeks they will dry out and work fine.
 
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