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kronkie 

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Hi all
I am no carpenter so has anyone got plans that dont have dovetails etc, just common nails, screws, and glue?
 

MuswellMetro 

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Hi all
I am no carpenter so has anyone got plans that dont have dovetails etc, just common nails, screws, and glue?
it is possible to use butt joints but i would suggest you use an exterier glue such as exterier no nails glue.

i have made hives from recovered 3/4" floor boards but you need to glue and clamp boards together to get the depth.

Easiest is 18mm and 12mm exterior ply and you can make a hive using just a circlular saw and cutting guide....maybe minus a few fingers though :nature-smiley-016:


see these for starters, but biuld a 14x12 not a standard brood, you will need it,


http://tinyurl.com/ybjsk4g

http://tinyurl.com/yd8tvd4

Fragile planet do ply flat packs, if you dont want to start from a flat sheet
 
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kronkie 

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Pete, where are the videos?
Dave Cushmans and the other links that have been posted are far to technical.
 
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oliver90owner 

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You could make a Dartington - nothing other than butt joints in them (other than the frames, of course).

They do have issues - err, like not so good for migratory beekeeping and that the floor is integral with the brood box, but I like them. They can be made in different sizes (depth and length).

Personally, if no decent joints, go with flat pack - lots of companies do them. Boxes without decent jointing arrangements will likely not last so long before box-to-box fit is compromised. Ply may not be too bad in this respect.

Regards, RAB
 

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