How To Blueprint: 1×4 Deep Beehive Super

If anyone is interested, here is the Blueprint for my 1×4 deep beehive super.

“A Goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (That’s is my new favorite quote!)

As I mentioned in an earlier blog this super is built with 1×4’s and cost about $9.50 to build. Using nine 1×4’s 8′ long will give you four deep supers with almost no waste.

Here again is how you cut them for optimal efficiency:

Cut Board One: (3) 19 7/8″ and (2) 14 3/4″
Cut Board Two: (5) 14 3/4″ and (1) 19 7/8″

Cut Board Three: (4) 19 7/8″ and (1) 14 3/4″

Then repeat two more times.
Keep the scraps for handles.
You will also need a scarp of wood to make the (3/8 x 5/8 x 16 1/4″) end strips.
One thing I did different this weekend was that I bought some untreated cedar fence slats for the end strips. They were about 6′ long 6″ wide and 11/16″ thick. I planed them down to 3/8″ using my table saw (in what was obviously an unsafe manner). Then I cut them into 5/8″ strips and cut them down to length.
It’s a small bit of wood but maybe the cedar will keep the moths out.
Helpful tip: If you are fighting your saw, it might be time for a new blade. 
While cutting the cedar, I felt like I was date raping my saw. On inspection, I found that the 5-yo (overused) blade was missing the carbide tips on some of the teeth (or at least they were worn to nearly nothing). I replaced the blade and it cut like butter. I know I should have known better but it’s not like you have to replace the blade that often.
If you like the plan or use it, leave a comment and let me know how it worked out for you.

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