Create your own bat house!
- One sheet of outdoor-grade plywood, 1/2" thick
- 1 1/2" nails
- Deer netting
- Stain (preferably dark color)
- Table saw
- Scroll saw
- Miter saw
- Gloves and safety goggles
- Staple gun
- Nail gun
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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