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I purchased a kit with 2 deep and 2 mediums. After looking at the bodies I will never purchase bodies again....We will make our own. I do have my purchased kit almost ready. I will still use the vender I bought the kit from for other things....



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Kaveman, A lot of bee keepers are handy with a table saw and make most if not all of their wooden ware. I do buy frames but I've never bought any bodies or tops or bottoms. I won a hive set up when I took a beginning beekeeping class so I had a model to go by. Then I found out about bee source and there's great plans you can download. I do pay more for materials than if I'd have bought the components from a dealer.

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I recently picked up a nice used table saw on Craigslist just for that reason. The trick is to find the wood.
 

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Unless you have a cheap local source for wood, I don't see how you come out ahead making your own. I can't buy the lumber that cheap...
I got enough rough cut 1x8 spruce to do 5 x 8 frame mediums for $20 (2 16' boards)

sure at huge volume the time aspect becomes more costly than saving a few bucks on woodware but for a few hobby hives it works out.

luckily my dad is a contractor/carpenter so he has the tools and skills to help me be more efficient than i'd be alone.
 

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3/4 plywood is $25 for 4'8' sheet at Home Depot.... I was able to build a complete hive - 2 deeps, 2 shallows, bottom board and cover for $25 plus paint!!!!
 

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MB - You may notice that some places have more trees than Nebraska, hence the price of wood is different.

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I'm lazy and would love to buy them already built but the wife would know what I'm up to,She thinks we have enough hives....
I just happen to come home with a few pieces of wood at a time....can't help what happens to it when it gets here.:D

I did figure it out and it is cheaper for me to build than buy (helps when you have more time than money).
 

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There are some places that will produce woodenware (supers) to suit my specifications, but they're nowhere near as fun as making them myself.

Though that's true of supers/boxes, nowhere do they make frames, the way I like them made. And, besides my time (it's therapeutic), I can make them for less than $.20 each, in materials (douglas fir).
 

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We have a local member in our club who sells assembled hive bodies for $2 more than Mannlakes unassembled hive body kit. I recommend them to our club members who are looking to expand and don't have the equipment or time. Now if I could find someone to build my long Langs to my specifications I too would consider buying versus building.:rolleyes:
 

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>MB - You may notice that some places have more trees than Nebraska, hence the price of wood is different.

I don't think there is anywhere with LESS tress than Nebraska unless it's the tundra... :) Yes, it may be if there is local wood (I notice the last pine I bought at Home Depot came from Norway...) and local mills you might save money.
 
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