I have been having a look around the net for timber and also ready to assemble supers, tops and bottoms. It looks like it might be a small extra expense and a big time saving to buy them in flat pack even though I am a bit of a DIY person. Maybe my next lot i will build myself after I get a better understanding of whats needed. The guys at www burnettbeekeepingsupplies com au look like they will be the best bet for me given proximity and price. It is not too far from me and they appear as competitive as anyone else. I think i will do all my own CN treating though. Has anyone had any experience with these guys or any other suppliers in the Toowoomba region?
I know this is an old thread but...
After spending some time and money doing this, I'd have to agree.
However, I would suggest it is still worth doing for those who:
1) Don't mind investing in the equipment needed to build boxes efficiently and accurately.
2) Don't mind spending the time learning how to use the equipment.
3) Want something other than rebate joined boxes (all the commercial ones I've seen are).
4) Are looking to use more than a few boxes.
I'm finding it's not the cutting of the boxes that takes time, it's the assembly and painting. If you
are buying flat pack boxes you still have to do that.
Once you've made the investment in the equipment, you'll be able to make jigs for assembling frames
and boxes, hive stands etc.
That's my experience so far anyway.