My package arrived midday and all was assembled by bedtime last night. The online videos were invaluable and everything was straight forward when assembling.
All the panels were well packed and in good condition. The parts fitted tight and well within tolerance.
The little door to the observation window was a bit rough and had splittering along the saw cut.
The only extra work was on the door and that has been covered well by others. A bit of sand paper did the trick. Crickey that cedar comes away fast so its sand,try, sand, try until it fits.
A word of caution when using a power driver. Extreme care needed. I didn’t realise the wood was so soft and as a result got this,
No drama a little backing off and a bit of wood glue and while not good is repaired.
General care also when handling . Picked up a dint when I dropped a sandpaper block on a face. No one would notice but I know its there.
Wife and I had much discussion on the finish. I like wood treated I have used Linseed, thinned with turps and a little oil based clear varish added on other projects and like the way it brings out the grain. Wife likes the silvery look of cedar when aged (too much Kevin McLoud and Grand Designs I think) so we compromised. The roof assembly will be oil finshed and the rest left au naturel.
The hive sits under a big Yellow Box ( E.melliodora) and shades it from about midday on.
Some blossom last month which would have been directly overhead