If you read this blog, you may remember a few weeks back I took a deep hive body, divided it with a 3/8 inch piece of plywood, notched out opposite ends, and got a double nuc that is easy to make with standard tools (power screwdriver and circular saw) and relatively cheap.
I got lots of complements on my woodworking skills and innovation (although I admitted to cribbing much of the idea from other sites) A rather glaring observation was made in one of the beekeeping forums. Namely, that most bottom boards provide "walking around space" for the bees under the frames by providing a raised ridge upon which the bottom super sits. Smart catch.
I have thus revised my scheme to address the issue for a new and improved version. I used Mann Lake budget supers rather than select this time ($9) saving myself some money and providing the identical result. The only additional wood required was an 8 ft length of 1 x 2 furring that I found at Home Depot for $1.17.
The project begins in the identical way as our last build, dado-ing a slot with a circular saw down the middle of both ends of the super, right in the middle.
The voids at each end are the respective entrances for each colony.
The divided super now sits upon this bed of strips:
What is most advantageous about this nuc is its stack-ability. leaving off the bottom provides a second super to create a double-height nuc: