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Mating Nuc Design questions

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I am currently working on making pine mating nucs. I would like to fit in 5 deep frames approximately 8 1/8 inches in length into the nuc. I purchased 1X10inch pine boards, (which is actually 3/4 thick and about 9 1/8 height). My first concern is that due to the height of the boards i have (also considering the routed grove for frames to sit), the deep frames will almost touch the bottom of the mating nuc. There is probably 1/8 - 3/16 inch space. Is that an issue? There is plenty of room on top and sides for bees to move, but I'm not sure. Can someone share your wisdom on this?

1. Is there a place in canada where I can purchase mini frames of good quality? or do I simply modify my standard deeps by cutting them in half? If so, I might make it wider so I have less frame waste.
2. Is making single mating nucs advisable? I may put a transparent front on them to see progress of queen cells. Thinking of adding 1 shallow frame like Lauri did...
3. What is the best practice for feeding these nucs? An internal feeder or a mason jar on top?

What do you guys thing of this plan and what should I change?

Once I put something together, I'll post photos
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