Wrapping up the 300 medium boxes & 3,000 Foundationless Frames I began in the Fall. 1-1/2" & 1-1/4 side bars from scrap 2" x 4" (cut 2 x 4 to length, slab cut on table saw to respective width(s), run thru dado on both ends for top/bottom bars, run thru router on narrow side of 2 x 4 for bee space, run thru table saw w/thin kerf blade one gets 7 end pieces per 2 x 4 section. Get your saw miller to cut a little heavy (thickness) on some 1" x 8" x 8' (I pay $2.35 per board rough cut). Plan 1" x 8" x 8' to 7/8 thick, cut boards to top bar length then run thru dado for frame rest cuts then rip the 1" x 8" x 8' to 1-1/8" widths, then make side bar dado cuts, then run thru router with 45 degree chamfer bit. Retired here with more time than money on hands. Got an older fellow, who I help out with BVT, who is going to build me an assembly jig for the boxes (sweet jig on you tube) and he is also building a small vat that I had hoped to hot wax dip (another sweet video on you tube of the vat & paint stand) the boxes in however the wax is going to be a little to costly for me at this time assuming my calculations are correct?
Based on extra space and Deep/Bottom Board: L = 24” x W = 19” x H = 10”
then; 4,560in/cu / 2i/cu =2280oz
and; 2280/16=142lbs Is enough to just cover a Deep Box (the vat is actually 9-1/2" taller to take care of frothing)
Two 55lb packages micro-crystalline wax w/180 degree melt point 110lbs x $3lb = $330
Two 55lb packages paraffin wax w/140 degree melt point 110lbs x $2lb = $220
4 Packages shp@$40each = 200
Any Beekeepers close to Roswell, Georgia that may want to share wax start up costs? Note the actual dipping process only sucks up about 1lb per box but the vat has to be full of wax in order to submerge a box, LOL