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Cedar upgrade means very soft wood


#1

While building my flow hive today, I noticed the red cedar wood is very soft and easily cracked. Please take great caution when assembling them. While using my electric drill, I made a number of screw cracks when attempting to flush up the screws with the wood and now have a six inch crack in a roof slat. It’s nothing I can’t fix with wood putty but for the cost of the flow hive, be very careful when you assemble it. You might want to use hand screws exclusively.


#2

Good advice to not use the screw to tighten everything up.
I would countersink the screws too.


#3

I would predrill the holes if you are going to use screws… that will happen to any wood with just screwing straight into it…

make sure you use a proper wood screw and not a metal or general screw…

I normally use nails and wood clue on assembly of boxes


#4

It would be useful if the pre-drilled holes were in the roof sections as well as the boxes -the roof was the trickiest part to line up


#5

Good to have the advance warning, thanks. Dremel tool to the rescue! :sunglasses:


#6

Holes are pre drilled and screws were from the set provided. All except the roof. Assembly was easy enough, the cedar is just a very soft wood. Hand tools are best.