Bat houses

I took a morning and a couple of lads to use up some plywood and make 6 of these bat houses. I did not have any plans to go by just what sized plywood leftovers that were laying around in the corner. They are about 18" tall, 10" wide, and 3" thick. Made mostly from 1/2" birch plywood, waterproof gorilla glue, 1-1/4" brad nails, and a couple pieces of strapping about 6" long. The chambers on the inside have grooves cut about 1/4" apart and less than 1/4" deep. The grooves fill both the inside chambers to the top. The local bat population is primarily the little brown bat, that eat twice their weight per day I’m told in insects. I was asked to make a pair for a PTSD equine therapy ranch for Vets. Rather than just make 2, I built 6, prob put one up at each of our campers, mine, grampa Jim, daughters, and sons, we all have campers within eyesight of each other. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions, fire away.

Woods: birch plywood

Tools: table saw chop saw air nailer

Tags: bat houses

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

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Thorreain ...

Here is one of the back.

James L Wilcox ...

Simple and sweet, nice work.

Shin ...

Nice! Hope y’all get tenants. We’ve had one up a couple of years and it’s still vacant.

Keep up the great work!

a1jim ...

Good idea ,fighting back against all of those blood sucking bugs out there.Good job.

Mike40 ...

Well done Chris. Bats sure help keep the insect population under control. I hope you will let us know how these houses are working out later.

jim webster ...

good job

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

great idea. Hey! I made a cat house and you made a bat house. We’re like woodworking Dr. Suesses. We just need somebody to make a fox box and a goat boat

Thorreain ...

Lol, yes the Dr sueses Magic lives!

Brian ...

These are a great idea. How low can you hang them? I’d love to make one but I don’t have anywhere up high to hang one except the house and I know the wife would never allow that. I’m not even sure there are bats around here.

Brian ...

I just googled it. Yes, there are bats in Long Island despite all the development. Hang 12’-15’ off the ground facing south. Underneath the house must be unobstructed to give them room to drop and swoop out. So there you go. :-) I still don’t have a suitable place to hang one.

Thorreain ...

Keep looking around Brian, they are a great idea to help with the bugs. I saved one to put up on the south end of my house right under the to of the eave.

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

the skeeters and deer fly are bad this year . I’m surprised after the winter we had in Ohio .

Moment ...

nice work T

Steve Tow ...

Looking good! War is on !!! Mostly, a dead sweeter is a good skeeter!

Madts ...

I have never understood how these thing work. I have always wanted to make, but can not figure it out. I love the idea.

Madts.

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