I ordered an unassembled hive recently and wanted to know what size nails I should use to assemble it. Also there are no pre-drilled holes in the dovetails, what size drill bit should I use?
As Crofter said plus one more thing, get a pair of 2 feet clamps, speeds up assembly, holds sides tight together before nailing/screwing.Crofter said:The fingers split quite easily so the pilot hole needs to be close to the nail shank size for the finger. You should not have to pilot the end grain. I would also pay the bit extra to get galvanized nails as the rot starts quickly around plain nails. I would say 2 1/2"
Personally I like deck screws but you have to pilot and countersink for the head as well but it is easier to hold things square for screwing than it is for hammering. I use 2" screws.
Glue and screw!