Last year for my brood champer frames I shaved 1/8 off one side of the frames to get 1-1/4 spacing. I had to orient the shaved side of all frames in the same direction, but it worked out well. I went foundationless on these frames, and was happy with the results.Does anybody sell 1.25" frames?
The risk of rolling the bees may actually be less since there will be fewer bees between the frames but you still want to go-slow...One thing that concerns me is rolling the queen
A "block plane" will do the job. It will take some time to adjust the blade to where you want it. I have only used a table saw. If you had new, unassembled frames I would definitely recruit a friend or neighbor with a table saw to help with the project. I would suggest that you also thin down the top bars. I don't have a router, but I have two friends with woodworking equipment.Also, think "girl" for your response please. How do you shave off the frame? I was thinking of sandpaper, but that may not be very precise. Or a chisel? 1/16 of an inch is quite precise.
Brilliant! Such a simple solution, it's sort of counter intuitive so I had to draw it out on paper. Works like a charm.If you shave 1/8" off "opposite sides" of the end bars you can line the frames up any way you like and it will always maintain 1 1/4" spacing between bars..