i got started in beekeeping in a kinda odd way...one late night out in my wood shop with a Fine Wood working book. in the back was plans for a homemade beehive. i had some scrap pine left over from the days project so what the heck. it used rabbit joints. it was about four years later before i actually put bees in the two hives i made that night. over the next few years i made splits of the two colonies until i had around 10 hives all of the simple rabbit jointed shelving pine. then i went "big" over thirty hives, purchased finger jointed supers....few years later got wiped out by this mite, that mite, dry summer, long warm winter... ok that was years ago. well a decade or two.. i have 5 hives that would not die out...my son caught a swarm a few weeks ago. so a new spark in beekeeping,,,lit a fire in both of us,,,even my seven year old daughter.... here's the point....my orginal rabbit made boxes still are servicable.....very few of the finger jointed boxes survived. i wonder if the fingers don't harbor moisture worse than the well glued simple joint... as a side note. i made one of those top bar boxes friday...but its probably too late for bees this year. thanks for listening.