In my opinion, the best resource on the Internet for Beekeepers, both beginners and old timers, is beesource.com . They provide a wealth of information on all aspects of beekeeping. Also, they have a forum where you can ask questions, or just read what others are talking about. You will likely find that someone else has had the same questions. They also have a "Build it yourself" section with all the dimensions you need to build your own equipment. Check it out, I think you'll like it. You'll find a link at the top of my website. Just hover over Rockhouse Holler Farms to find the link.