I am using all medium supers. Considering a nuc in the spring over a package, but aware I need to trade frames. But, what are the frames used in a nuc, are they all deeps? By looking at any nuc plans I have seen, they must be deeps only? Or just make/get a whole nuc to trade?
Most, not all, bee suppliers sell nucs in a 5 frame-deep configuration but some have started selling them in the medium frame size (usually at the same price as a deep though)
On to bee vac.
I have never used one, but here's another good starting link:http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekeeping/bee-vac/
Lastly, I figure if I make a jig so that every box gets the same hole in the same place so it all matches in the end....but place just short dowels in either 2 or 4 corners, just sticking up 1/4 inch or so, very rounded on top with a matching hole on the bottom of the box to line things up when you set it down. Even empty for me, I find I want a guide. Anyone ever done that? Will propolis just muggle it all up?
That one may be a bad idea. The bees may propolize it to the point of not being able to seperate the boxes at all. There shouldnt be much of a problem in lining everything up. It doesnt need to be precise, just close. The bees wont care at all.