I am thinking about building a TBH and was wondering about the pros and cons versus the Langstroth hive. Also why arent the frames rectangular like the Langstroth? does this deter them from attaching the comb to the sides? I was just thinking about making mine with the same frames that i use in my other hives. Problem waiting to happen?
Nope, you can absolutely make yours with the same frames you use in Langs. But most people won't call this a top-bar hive. Instead it is called a "long hive" or a horizontal Langstroth. If you use frames (and build carefully so that beespace is maintained between the sides of the frames and the hive) then you won't have any more trouble with attachment than you do in your other hives.
If you build a traditional top-bar hive (no frames, just bars), they are probably going to attach a little bit whether you build the sides straight or angled. Maybe more if the sides are straight. Any frame-less hive requires an additional tool: a knife or wire that you use to cut attachments before lifting each bar. That's all.
I use all long-hives, which take standard deep Lang frames, and I love them. I think they are easier to work than Langs and the bees are happy. Your mileage may vary.
No matter what you build, make sure you calculate your dimensions very carefully and keep bee space well in mind. Also, I recommend making any horizontal hive at least 3 ft long (mine are 4). Remember you have to have space for a similar number of combs to a Langstroth for overwintering.
Let us know what you end up with!