Introduction: DIY Bathouse Reece and Reilly

Create your own bat house!


Resources needed

  1. One sheet of outdoor-grade plywood, 1/2" thick
  2. 1 1/2" nails
  3. Deer netting
  4. Staples
  5. Stain (preferably dark color)

Tools needed

  1. Table saw
  2. Scroll saw
  3. Miter saw
  4. Gloves and safety goggles
  5. Staple gun
  6. Nail gun

Step 1: Cut the Plywood

Take your plywood and make measurements for one sheet of 10"x14" and one of 10"x10". Make sure the lines are as straight as possible. Then take measurements of two strips, 2"x14" and one 3"x12". Use a saw to cut the sheets out of the plywood.

Step 2: Sand the Plywood

Take the plywood you have cut and sand it until smooth. Remember to wear gloves and safety goggles if you're using an electric sander.

Step 3: Cut Triangles

Cut a triangle into the corner of each 2"x14" strip. The triangle should be cut horizontally 1 1/2" and vertically 2". This can be done with the scroll saw.

Step 4: Sanding

Sand the corners again to prevent splinters.

Step 5: Assembling

Assemble the 10"x14" board and 14"x2" strips. The triangle cut from the strips should be towards the top of the board, leaving about an inch of space for the roof. The nail gun can be used to assemble the wood, and extra nails on the other side of the wood can be snapped off using pliers.

Step 6: Apply the Deer Netting

Lay the deer netting on the inside of the box, stapling them where the 14"x2" strips start and stop.

Step 7: Attach the Roof

Using the nail gun, attach the 3"x12" strip to the triangles at the end of the two other strips, slanted to form a roof.

Step 8: Cut the Vent

Cut a 1 1/4"x8" in the 10"x10" board about 7 inches from the bottom

Step 9: Deer Netting... Again.

Attach another sheet of deer netting to the 10"x10" using the staple gun. Cut the netting away from the vent.

Step 10: Staining

Apply three layers of stain, letting each coat dry between application