I'm warming up to the concept used in e.g. the British National hive whereby the frame-rest is combined with the hand-hold, for use with long-lug frames (such as the British National or the Dutch simplex frame). However, the official British National hive design requires a fair bit of carpentry, and I would prefer a method that lets the wood store cut the wood to simple sizes which I simply have to assemble.
So the idea comes to mind to use exterior-grade plywood and "double-up" some of it. Has anyone has ever seen a similar hive or build, i.e. that does the integrated hand-hold and frame-rest using not massive wood but plywood?
Compare the British National design with my quick done-in-Microsoft Paint proposal below. I know the British National design looks simpler, but it requires more complex or more difficult cutting using a machine that I would have to rent.
PS... the design on the right says "200 mm", so you can see that this particular image was taken from a 5-frame nuc's design. For a standard width hive box it would not be 200 mm wide but 410 mm wide. Anyway, the "200 mm" is not relevant to the question.