Bat House

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Project by Maveric777 posted 02-28-2010 08:29 PM 2297 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the bat house I built for my oldest daughters high school club. Yea!!!!

They are a group that does things for the environment and community trying to help out. They are having a big conference next week and they wanted a bat house as their main project to display at their booth. All I was given was a basic design and the name Razor-Bats (She goes to Arkansas High and their mascot is the Razorbacks just like the university)...

I did a ton of research, asked a few question here on Lumber Jocks, and came up with this. The box was made from 1×4 cedar planks I got from the big box store with one side not plained. I left it like that to make it easier for the bats to climb around in it. The top is pined, and has cedar shingles (which are glued and nailed down).

There are 3 separate chambers inside spaced and inch apart. I lined the quarter inch plywood inserts with rabbit wire to give the bats something to grab hold of. The inserts are also removable for cleaning later down the line.

I created the Razorbat logo and text on GIMP (similar to photoshop)... Then transferred… Then burned in. I think the longest part was definitely the burning. My first attempt at it and I will be honest. I was about tired of it at the end…lol

I finished it up with a cedar stand so it can sit on a table at the convention. I think it gives it a nice little presentation (so I hope…lol)

There will be folks from all over Arkansas going to this convention. I sure hope I make the school proud…. (even though I’m not a fan of Arkansas…lol)

Thanks for checking it out…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 08:50 PM

Neat project. I made some but I guess we don’t have too many bats here on the mountain. Made them right by the Bat House Plans.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 03-01-2010 03:22 AM

that is soooooooooo cool

-- gagewestern

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#3 posted 03-01-2010 03:54 AM


that is really cool. My son is working on an Eagle Scout Project right now and part of it includes building and installing bat houses. I will be taking note from your house for sure.


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#4 posted 03-01-2010 04:21 AM

While this is not something we here in australia would ever build I do think what you have accomplished is outstanding… I am most impressed with your first attempt at pyrography.. I bought a set a few months ago and have yet to use it..
Over all one “COOL” project… lol.. you will understand from your PM…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 03-01-2010 03:02 PM

Thanks Goose… That’s cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 03-01-2010 03:40 PM

Hi Dan,
Met you at Ace Hardware yesterday. Love your bat box. Should be the hit of the show at the conference. Keep in touch.

-- Curtis, Texarkana, Texas

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 05:56 PM

Thanks Curtis! I just got back from delivering the bat house and it seemed to be a crowd pleaser. What a gratifying feeling seeing a group so excited about something you built.

BTW… I been singing praise about our local ACE Hardware. I was very surprised to see such an assortment of stuff for folks like myself. The great service was a huge plus as well. Thanks again for all your help yesterday Curtis….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 03-01-2010 06:03 PM

Nice work it looks good. Your daughter appears to be very pleased with it as well :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#9 posted 03-01-2010 08:37 PM

Hey Dan, thanks for the PM. Your project came out really well. That makes you the 150,000th person who didn’t take my advice and got a real good result, LOL. Your daughter seems real pleased. She doesn’t look old enough for high school! I tried woodburning a few times, but I’m not very good at it and I don’t like breathing the smoke. I guess a little fan would take care of the smoke (I didn’t think of that until just now), but the ability would still be lacking. I was glad to see folks helping bats out. They do a lot of good getting rid of insects for the farmers. A great school project to increase environment awareness.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-01-2010 10:24 PM

Thanks for the kind words. Daddy’s little model shown in the pic is my youngest daughter. My oldest (whom I made the bat house for) was MIA during picture time. Come to think of it … She was MIA at construction time as well….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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