This is a traditional type that takes three standard
108 mm sq (4.25") square basswood sections and can be hung in a
standard super alongside 'ordinary' frames. They should be separated
by plastic or tinplate 'Hanging Section Dividers' or the hollow
plywood type illustrated under the link at top left.
Three, four or five of these frames can be used in the
centre of an ordinary super of extracting combs, but to get good and
fast filling there needs to be a strong nectar flow.
A lightweight strait grained wood like basswood is ideal for
making such frames, as is Western Red Cedar. But any softwood will
also suffice. Parts require cutting to the sizes in the table below.
There is no easy substitute for a table mounted router and
a set of stops for cutting the scalloped edges, but 45° saw cuts
and a chisel will do a passable job if only a few are required.
Written... August 2000, Revised... 12 Aug 2002