Good day all,
I am just getting into the bee scene, been reading and researching for the last 18 months to make sure this is something I would like to do. I have decided to build my own bee boxes and the way I am getting my bees is to trap a swarm, my swarm trap is ready to go and was starting to build my boxes from 19mm ply that was free. I know there is thoughts of buying your boxes being more cost effective and easier etc. I am currently attending a bee club (yet to join as a member) and looking for a mentor, have also obtained my equipment for this beeautiful hobby. I enjoy doing stuff for myself and building things which gives me a better idea of the situation and environment, that way I know why and what I am getting myself into. So the question.......
I have many plans to build langstroth hive boxes, some sourced, some converted from imperial but few of 8 frame plans. I am looking at going down the 8 frame 3/4 depth for all my boxes, but this question will probably cover all box configurations in the langstroth hives design. I cut the sides of my first two boxes and laid my home made frames from my swarm trap onto the one side just to confirm I am on the right track, which is when I came up with this question.
So the side bar of the frame is 33mm used in NZ (used to be 35mm from imperial), taking that and multiplying it by 8 comes to 264mm (33 x 8). However the inside dimension of the NZ 8 frame box according to this (http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/lang.html) is 310 - 313mm which is a space of 46mm +. Is this correct as that is enough for an additional frame along with more space? From everything I have researched and seen, the frame spacing is side by side and is where the bee spacing comes from the design of the Langstroth hive? I have also seen spacers for frames which I gather is the reason for not having the 33mm side spacing on the frames, otherwise would one not just increase the spacing side?
Can someone clarify what I am missing or if my calculations are wrong or is this the norm? I know I hear "build it and they will come", but am also aware of the mess of a hive when it comes to pulling out the frames with cross comb so any clarification will be welcomed, or is it suggested I just go to 10 frame mediums? Cheers