>I was alittle discouraged until I started reading about top bar hives. I am somewhat handy and could contruct them myself for free.
If you can get some scrap lumber, yes you can.
> I absolutly couldn't afford an extractor, so I would be harvesting comb honey anyway.
Or you can crush and strain some of it. It's nice to have some of both, but I really like comb honey.
> This really seems like my best choice.
Is this a bad idea?
I don't think so.
> How much honey can one expect from a TBH?
About that same as from any hive. You never know. Often, none the first year. Sometimes 20 or 40 pounds the first year. It depends on too many things to predict.
There are pictures of my TBH on my web site: www.bushfarms.com