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« on: May 23, 2009, 05:57:08 PM »

I seen plans for supers that are 9 1/2" wide. The ones you buy are 9 5/8" wide. Is 9 1/2'' wide enough for the bees? The frames are 9 1/8" so that will leave about 3/8" if I am right. Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 08:29:23 AM »

Should work ok. My guess is whoever is making them 9 1/2 rather than 9 5/8 is doing so because they want to use 10" boards (which are really 9.5) rather than having to rip something bigger.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009, 09:56:46 PM »

1X10 is 3/4 X 9 1/4

1X12 is  3/4 X 11 1/4


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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 10:14:02 PM »

Because of all the waste, I find it cheaper and easier to just buy the boxes, unless you have a good source of free or cheap scrap lumber.

A standard deep box is 9 5/8" deep (and 16 1/4" wide)  A standard frame is 9 1/4" deep.  That leaves 3/8" beespace.  If you cheat that down to 9 1/2" and the frame down to 9 1/8" (as many of the manufacturers have done) then you still have 3/8" beespace.

Mine are all 6 5/8".  For some reason they never cheat on this.  Also, your lumber comes out much better with a good inch less waste.

And the boxes are lighter. Smiley


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