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Step 2: Build the Floor
Take both floor halves and lay them on a flat surface. We will attach these together to make our floor. Make sure the hive entrance you just cut is facing outward.
Butt the edges flush together and lay the two short pieces measuring 21cm by 3cm (8 1/4″ by 1 3/16″) pieces crossway over the two floor halves about 1 cm from the edge. Center each piece on the seam formed by the edges of the two larger boards. Fasten the wood together. Be sure to hold the assembly straight as you fasten it.
Now it is time to add the landing board. Rotate the fastened assembly 90 degrees and lay the 41cm by 16cm (16 1/8″ by 6 5/16″) board on the floor. Measure from one edge of the floor and mark a line at the center of the floor. The mark should be made at 16.75cm (6 5/8″). Now, mark the center of landing board. Align the two boards as shown below.
Now measure in from the edge of the floor about 1cm and make a mark with your pencil. Align the edge of the landing board with the mark. Add a fastener to hold the landing board in the center of the floor.
Now flip the floor assembly 180 degrees and measure the distance from each edge of the floor board to the side of the landing board. Nudge the landing board left or right until the distances on each side are equal. Use a fastener to hold the board in place.
Fasten the landing board to the floor assembly. Make sure that you do not put any fasteners where you cut out the wood to create a hive entrance. Here is a picture of the landing board fully fastened.
Congratulations on completing the main floor assembly! Go on to the next page where we will add the legs.