For part 2 I’ve decided to simplify life for you. I’m going to talk about the “Butt Joint”. There are plenty of beekeepers who want to build their own hives with a minimalistic approach. The “Butt Joint” is where you simply butt two pieces of wood together then glue and screw. It’s simple and effective for our purposes. I have several hive bodies built this way with several years of service.
The best part about this joint is that it doesn’t require any special equipment. You can build your hives this way if all you have is a circular saw. Simply cut out your boards, glue, and screw and your done. I would not recommend using nails for this joint. Since there is no mechanical advantage in the wooden parts I feel you need the extra support that screws will provide.
You can use your imagination for how you would like to cut the boards for this joint. Hand saw, table saw with a crosscut sled, miter saw whatever you like or have on hand. The end result will be the same as long as your cuts are square and straight.
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