More hive assembly problems

Hi, Thanks for helping me with my problem.

I forgot to ask, when I put the hives together they are fairly square but when I put them on top of each other, they are way out of square on the bottom.

When I put the top box on the bottom box the bottom box sticks out on the sides by 1/4 of an inch.

What can I try to fix this.



Hmm, may not be able to help you with this one...

My first thought is to double-check the joints of the bottom box (the one that sticks out). Make sure that the box joints are all fitted together tight, with no spaces in the joints.

If the joints aren't tight, with no gaps, that would effectively increase the width and/or length of the box by the amount of the gap.

It's possible that the interlocking 'fingers' of the joints might need a bit of trimming to allow the joints to come together completely without gaps.

Another possibility would be that the boards are warped, causing the sides of the bottom box to bow out.

If that's the case, I'm not enough of a woodworker to know how to fix it. Maybe store the boards for awhile under something flat and heavy to try to straighten them?

If the boards are warped, and they were that way when you got them from the bee supply company, I'd complain, and ask for a refund or an exchange.

If the hive bodies are from different bee supply companies, that could be a factor. Wooden ware produced by different companies tends to differ slightly in size. But I wouldn't expect their to be that much of a difference. I've certainly never experienced that much lack of interchangeability myself.

If it's none of the above, then I'm stumped! Maybe some others will have some suggestions that they can add as comments to this page.

Good luck!

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