Nice site there old mech. So how do you keep plywood from warping?
I like the idea of using a router for the hand holds. I just use cleats for my wood supers, but Iím lazy and donít care too much about the looks; your boxes look nicer. I love the hive end tables with glass tops and lights too. What a creative idea.
I would probably use cleats Blue, but they make it more difficult to wrap the hives.. as far as the plywood not warping. I use 1.5 x 3/4 boards all around the bottom edge on the bottom boards glued and nailed well, and then paint them well...
Along with the 3/4 by 3/4 boards that the boxes set on they dont warp.. Before I started putting that front 1.5 by 3/4 board on the front edge of the plywood sagged allowing bees to come and go UNDER the reducers.. the extra board fixed that.. At just over 3 dollars each I can replace them as needed.. so long as the hive is tilted forward slightly they hold up very well!
Tele covers... 2" boards around the edges and three coats of paint, and none of them are warping either.. The ones with metal dont seem to be holding up better than the tele covers without.. I am thinking its because moisture gets trapped up under the metal? Whatever the case may be.. it costs me less than 3 dollars to make a lid without metal.