|Project by Adam D||posted 06-10-2012 02:06 AM||9783 views||11 times favorited||6 comments|
A friend told me that bats could eat up to 1000 mosquitos per bat per hour! That set me on my quest to build a bathouse. I spotted an old broken up cedar trunk on the side of the road, and after attacking it with a metal detector, a pair of pliers, and then my surface planer, I had some cleaned up stock to work with.
The basic design I got from batconservation.org, but I modified the dimensions a bit to match my limited stock. I used my TS and a simple jig inspired by the box-joint jig to make the grooves in all four surfaces of the inside for the bats to grip. All the panes were laid in rabbets, and reinforced with biscuits. The vent slots on the front were quick work with my router. The roof sits in an angled dado to help keep the inside dry, and some clear silicone caulk “sealed the deal”. They say that it can take a couple years or more for bats to find it and call it a home, so I’ll probably wait a few months before I start burning through flashlight batteries.
It came out pretty bat-ass if you ask me! xD
-- Adam, Rochester NY