Have been thinking about trying a nuc in the spring with the reduced frame spacing in the brood box that will allow 11 frames to a standard 10 frame box. There are supposedly quite a few benefits but I want to see what the bees opinion is! Since I was starting from scratch I decided to build some of the top bars with an integral starter strip for foundationless comb as in the pics below. I will create wedge bar configuration on some tops, to be able to use standard wired wax foundation. Many of the standard component dimensions need changing to preserve bee space and maintain adequate dimensions of the corner intersection parts. The slide box for the table saw allows gang cutting of the dados but exact uniformity of stock and tight jigging would be essential to get tight, no hassle assembly with no splitting of ears of side bar [attachment=1:24w2aiou]gang dado slide box.JPG[/attachment:24w2aiou][attachment=2:24w2aiou]foundationless top bar.JPG[/attachment:24w2aiou]s.