Beehives are pretty expensive. The cheapest to be found on ebay or amazon are in the $250, while most good-quality hives retail for twice as much. This instructable provides the opportunity to make one yourself a high quality hive in an hour, for a pittance. If you're a member at the Techshop, all you need to purchase for this entire project is a 4x8 sheet of the wood you want to use and a $10 router bit. No screws, no nails.
Time to cut: 1 hour
Time to assemble: 5 minutes
Cost: $60 or $152 if you need to take the Shopbot class.
The Shopbot Alpha is the only machine necessary for this project, as the whole thing is cut from a sheet of wood. The class is $92, but once you take it you can use any shopbot machine at any Techshop, and every shop so far has at least one.
-One 4 x 8 x .75 sheet of the wood of your choice. Do some research to find out what's good for the bees, and what will stand up to weather. Birch plywood is around $45, and looks good.
-One router bit with a .5" shank, an end mill or a straight bit both work, optimally use one that is capable of plunging.