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