For part 4 I’ve decided to go to the extreme end of the spectrum. Most will not be dovetailing hives. About the only thing I use this joint for is my candy boards as long as I’m not in a major rush to get them built.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised that I hand cut mine. I cut mine tails first. If you follow dovetail lore you will find two main methods, tail first or pin first. I’m not going to go into much detail about all of that. There is plenty of information out there on the subject. You can cut dovetails by machine but to my knowledge without a jig or fixture of some sort I don’t know how possible it is. You will most likely wind up finishing them by hand anyway. The picture above is actually an unrelated project. This is however, how I would build a candy board if I were to dovetail them. I found it odd that (rather unintentionally) I built the base for this lantern stand the same dimension as a 10 frame hive. I guess beekeeping is getting a bit intertwined into my subconscious. I believe this will conclude my Hive Joinery series. I hope everyone has enjoyed it. We have covered the major methods to get the job done hopefully some you will put this information to good use someday.
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