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You got a brand new beehive box in the mail from a top supplier and discovered the pieces don’t fit together.

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You got a brand new beehive box in the mail from a top supplier and discovered the pieces don’t fit together.

Do the finger joints not quite line up, and when you force them together the sides don't line up? What is going on?

It is possible that your box parts were mis-made. Most high volume bee box manufacturers use automated milling lines to make boxes. The machines make thousands upon thousands of exactly identical cuts. Something else might be going on.

Even when perfectly cut, wood is an imperfect material. Wood expands and contracts with humidity. The expansion or contraction happens in the directions that are perpendicular to the grain. A hive box board can expand up to 1/8 inch in width. Your hive boxes were machine cut in a different part of the country, then packaged in a compact bundle. The boards on the outside of the bundle were exposed and could exchange humidity with the air while they shipped to you. The boards on the inside of the bundle could not. And now they don't match. It's distressing.

Before rushing to assemble the box parts by trying to force them together and risking splitting the boards, or making an angry phone call to the supplier, set the boards on spacers on a surface where air can get to all sides of the board. If you ordered frames with your boxes, use the frame bottom bar as spacers. Pencils or sticks will work as spacers too. Set each board on your work bench with two spacers underneath the board to keep it elevated so air can circulate under as well as over the board. To save space, you can stack them as long as you have spacers between each board and keep a few inches between stacks. Let them acclimate to your location for 24 to 48 hours and see if they fit together better now.

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