Monday, November 10, 2014

Build Your Own - 6 Frame Nuc


This 6 Frame Nuc is designed for use with the 3 Frame by 4 Compartment Queen Castle I designed. For detailed construction information refer to the tutorial in How to Build: 5 Frame Nuc.

This 6 frame nuc is not standardized equipment. It is slightly over-sized for a six frame, however it works just fine. Use it on its own, or in conjunction with the Queen Castle I designed.

Using our favourite stock material -barn boards (also known as 1x12). Cut out the specified material. You will need a piece 8' 6 5/8".


Start by cutting out the 20 1/8" by 11" and the 21 1/2" by 10" sections crosswise with a mitre saw. Then adjust your table saw's fence to 9 5/8" and rip the rest of the material. After accomplishing this set the fence to 1 7/8" and rip the strip you just took off as well as the 21 1/2" by 10" piece. This is the most efficient way to do it. Afterward set the fence to 11 inches, and using your mitre saw finish all the required cuts.

Nuc Box

Front/Back (2) - 9 5/8" x 11"
Sides (2) - 9 5/8" x 19 1/8"

Top Cover

Top - 11" x 20 1/8"
Handles (2) - 11" x 1 7/8"

Bottom Board
Floor - 10" x 21 1/2"

Side Rail (2) - 1 7/8" x 21 1/2"
Back Rail - 1 7/8" x 11"

Now simply make your required rabbet joints, dado cuts, and frame rest as described in other tutorials. For the bottom board, I changed the method of construction to the one used in Build Your Own: Solid Bottom Board to maximize lumber use.

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