Since I started keeping bees three seasons ago I've been buying a rabbet-jointed cyrpess super from a vendor. The problem that I'm having is that though I measure diagonals and center the ends of the sides to each other I still end up with what I consider warped, rocking boxes...and this is from "select" grades of boxes.
Please, I'm not looking for suggestions that I cut my own woodenware from scratch, I don't currently have a setup to do that.
I know that the bees will fill in cracks and crevices and once the supers are on the hive with honey loaded in them they will begin to "level out". But when we get into the 1/8" to 3/16" wide gaps in a light box of foundation or empty comb we're talking "open door with a welcome mat" for wax moths and SHB. I'm thinking that not only do the gaps allow pests inside the hive but they also screw up beespace inside the hive. Living in south Alabama a 1/8" gap in the side of a hive concerns me...should it?
I'm seriously thinking of trying a different vendor for my woodenware and changing to a finger-jointed construction. I know that the rabbet-joint is supposed to be more water proof being as exposed endgrain is less, but I slather on the glue and then prime and paint.
I bought a couple of shallow supers from Kelley and the finger jointed boxes went together nicely and appear to be square and not rock back and forth. But, that's only a couple of Kelley boxes that I've had experience with. Have you that have used Kelleys woodenware, specifically medium boxes, been satisfied with the squareness and levelness of them?
Any recommendations are welcomed, but I'd really like to hear about experiences with Kelly boxes. The overall outside dimensions of the Kelly boxes will match those of my current boxes whereas some of the other vendors will not...though only a 1/4" or so difference so it's not a deal-killer for other brands. I thought of Mann Lake even though they have the slightly larger dimensions.
Thanks for the feedback.