As mentioned in our initial equipment post, a real cheap way to get started it so spend $12 on plywood and $20 or so on frames and build yourself some 5-frame nucs. Here is a video going over the assembly of the “Easy 5-frame Nuc”. Thanks to “D Cotes” on the besource.com forums for posting the plans. I’ll add the cutout design by Mike Tuggle under this video later:
Cut-out plans. If possible, have the store that you buy the plywood cut it into 22″ pieces. If you do that you’ll have 4 pieces that are 22″ each and then a strip that is about 6″ x 48″ left over as shown below.
I use a table saw to make the cuts. So I set my fence at 9″ and run my 4 pieces through to get my 4 tops. Then set the fence at 8 1/2″ and cut out the 4 bottoms, then 10 1/4″ for the sides and so on. After I’ve got all the widths cut I come back and trim them to the correct lengths and I’m done. You should be able to do it in about 30 minutes or so.