• In this video, learn how to build a bat house.

    Steps:

    1. Cut a 2-by-4-foot piece of plywood into a 26-inch piece and a 22-inch piece.
    2. Trace the bat design onto the bottom of the 22-inch piece using curved cutouts or a template. 3. Clamp the workpiece to a table. Use a jigsaw to cut out the bat design.
    4. Cut three 1x2 pieces: one at 24 inches and two at 19 inches.
    5. Caulk and screw the 1x2s to the back of the house with the 24-inch piece at the top and the shorter pieces coming part-way down the sides.
    6. Paint the inside of the house black. Paint the outside of the house a deep color that will blend in with the surroundings.
    7. Staple mesh on the inside of the house.
    8. Caulk and screw on the front.
    9. Caulk and screw on the bat cutout, leaving a ½-inch space between it and the larger front piece.
    10. Hang the bat house on a building or from a pole, at least 15 feet up.

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    • Difficulty: Moderate
      There are few parts, and they fit together easily, but cutting the bat shape might be a challenge
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      • 30-foot tape measure
        Measuring tape
      • straight edge
        Straightedge
      • combination square
        Combination square
      • hand clamps
        Spring clamps
      • safety glasses
        Safety glasses
      • jigsaw
        Jigsaw
      • French curve and circle templates
      • drill
        Drill/driver fitted with ¼-inch drill bit
      • caulk gun
        Caulking gun
      • paintbrush
        Paintbrush (2-inch)
      • paintroller
        Foam roller (4-inch)
      • scissors
        Scissors
      • staple gun
        Staple gun

      Shopping List

      1. 2-by-4-foot section of ½-inch exterior-grade plywood

      2. One 6-foot 1x2

      3. ½-inch deer netting

      4. Exterior latex paint (black and another dark color)5. Low-VOC adhesive caulk

      6. 1-inch deck screws

      7. -inch staples

      8. 3½-inch deck screws