Using them with spare commercial top and bottom bars so working in metric and they are close enough to 10mm so have been making them 10mm.
Havent been buying any timber, I have been using pallets and old fruit bins. The end bars were from some 100x50 pine from a pallet.
The table saw I purchased has a working height of 80mm so I am limited by that
My procedure for these was
- Rip the 100x50 to 80X50
- Rip the 80x50 to 80x35
- Cut the 80x35 to end bar lenght
- Router the top and bottom bar slots
- Run the cut to lenght 80x35 with end bar slots cut through the table saw cutting to 10mm
- Router the step into each end bar
- Drill eyelet holes if needed.
If I was going to purchase timber I would probably look at 150 or 200 x 35, with it I could eliminate the first to steps.
Have been busy building from the scrap timber I have picked up. Have made 6 inner covers, a similar number of 50mm shims, 9 mini matting nucs and frame feeders to suit, some full sized frame feeders and one 8 frame ideal box.
The timber I have been getting is 180mm at the widest so have been sticking with making shallower gear. It only struck me yesterday after making the 8 frame ideal box that a ideal box and a 100mm shim equals a deep.
Once I have finished everything and painted I take some pics and post them.