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Covers, bottoms, honey super pallets, hive stand decks, migratory pallets, fences......
 

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I use treated 1x5.5 (which is your vanilla decking board) to make the bottom board vertical walls. Lasts forever. But I think treated is the key word here. If it is nicer looking hardwood then you may want to use it for places where appearance matters.
 

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Longevity is important for beekeeping equipment.Why go through the effort if it won't last.On the other hand ,free is free and what value do you put on your time?

Decay resistance varies among different species so it would help to know what species you have.Most decay resistant charts are for heartwood and not sapwood.


Most hardwoods are more difficult to machine and require predrilling for fasteners.
 

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I just made 5 solid bottoms from 1x6 oak.
Can rip then to a 1x3 for cover edges
feeding rims
I have often used splices in deeps so you have a seem, calk it , protolyze it. fill with glue.
Quilt boxes.

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