Our Hive Bodies are milled from Kiln Dried Southern Cypress. Cypress produces a natural preservative oil called Cypressene giving it superior weather and insect resistance qualities. We mill traditional precision interlocking Box Joint corners and Wide Deep Recessed Handles on all four sides. Box Joints or Finger Joint corners provide nearly twice the glue surface and strength over Rabbet Joint corners. Select grade makes a beautiful knot free box with no defects. Commercial grade allows for some tight sound knots and occasional blemishes while still retaining the same precision milling and fit as Select. Our Cypress Hive Bodies are comparably priced with White Pine offered by most suppliers.