I am getting ready to do a split. The "in-service" hive now is 10-frame. It has two deeps and a medium on it right now. I got a deep and a medium 8-frame to experiment with. I ordered the first hive assembled, as I didn't know how they went together. After looking it over and thinking about it, and since Mom and Dad live up here now and Dad is a woodworker, I thought I'd take a chance and see if we could assemble a hive. It really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. And, I should have put it together as soon as I received it, but it's been setting a couple of months because of schedules and stuff.
A rubber mallet is a handy item to have when putting the sides and ends together. Since I started with Brushy Mountain, I ordered this hive from them, too. I have since learned that Kelly Bees sends nails with their hives, so I'll probably try them next.
Below are some pictures of us working with the new hive components: