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Posted on The wisdom of using MDF/plywood for beekeeping frames

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#1 posted 03-07-2016 09:59 PM

Pezking7p wrote:
Plywood will be fine. Keep it painted with good outdoor paint. Bees will coat the inside anyway so don’t worry about the inside.

Thanks, but my question was not about hives, but about frames. For hives, I’ll definitely consider plywood (though at this time I’m experimenting with various pine designs for the hive bodies).

JBrow wrote:
3. Marine grade plywood should hold up to the elements, but confirming this at the lumber yard would be a good idea.

4. I believe (but not sure) that outdoor signs are made from Medium Density Overlay (MDO). Therefore it should hold up to the weather.

Thanks, I’ve heard about “marine plywood” on several forums, but I’ve yet to figure out what it’s called locally.

As for MDO, in the Netherlands it’s called “betonplex” (which means “concrete plywood”, probably since it is used to hold back poured concrete). Only the flat surface of MDO is watertight, and since frames are made from strips (not sheets), the fact that two of the six sides of it are watertight won’t really make a difference.

-- -- Hobby beekeeper, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

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