I made 5 of these from 1 sheet of ply and some scrap I had. Thanks to DCoates for the plans. The only problem I have is that the lids warp. I used some leftover linseed oil on a couple and nothing on the rest, some paint may have helped them. I will be making more this winter, with some 1" wood or 3/4" ply for the lids. I might paint them too :lol:
I'm like you,adamant. If I try to free-hand a circular saw, I'm all over the map. If it's a short cut, try holding a speed-square with your free hand, and after lining it up, (don't forget the kerf) run the saw deck along the edge of the square.
There are a bunch of videos on the net demonstrating how to do this. I'm a big fan of This Old House on PBS, and Tom Silva does this trick all the time. I've tried it, and it works.
for anyone considering making their own boxes I would suggest that you have one factory made frame (of the appropriate size) for testing the fit of the first couple of boxes you build. a bit too loose is generally no problem but a bit too tight is a no no.
Looks good Zookeep:
The only thing I added were treated 2x2 feet across the front and back to keep em off the ground, and some flashing on the lid, it seems to stop warping.
Great design for one sheet of plywood. :thumbsup:
If I get a chance I'll measure mine as they are built off the same plans.
Seems to me I read somewhere the suggestion to build them slightly taller, allowing a bit more space between the bottom bar and the floor. This was suggested in order to accomodate frames with good sized swarm cells hanging off the bottom bars when one encountered a hive making swarm preparations. Nothing worse than setting a frame in and damaging the cells.
my sceptic nature is aroused Perry because zookeeper's nucs look a lot like some dropped here by a customer and there was almost no clearance between the bottom bar and the bottom. I don't so much worry about cells but almost by instinct a lot of queen run to the bottom of a frame and dodge back and forth across the bottom bar. I ended up killing at least one queen so the problem is not hypothetical.