Bat house Bat box or Bat condo

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Project by exelectrician posted 01-31-2014 11:43 PM 4362 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using old decking boards I experimented with the double dovetail joint again.

The box is made to the specifications from the : Bat Conservation International

I had enough wood to make it into a six chamber version. My daughter in law put it up on their Skagit river front property where they live with ducks, (that’s Donald in pic#2) chickens, goats, and rabbits.Plus dogs, cats, and four of my grand children.

I made a video of the jigs and how to use them the video is posted on youtube at this link


-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 01:12 AM

Great job. I built one a couple of years ago but yours is beautiful.

We have a massive mosquito problem here at the Jersey shore and we need to get the bat population up.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 01:33 AM

Nice bat house, super fine double dovetails. Like the jig for the bandsaw, reversible too. Slick.

Are you sure that box will hold 800 bats?, seems kinda small for that many.

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 02:27 AM

You are probably correct about the 800 bats, although they are 3/4 inch around and they pack themselves in to keep the temperature at around 98 degrees.
I was guesstimating my number at 800 because the four chamber as in the plans held 600 bats.
Thanks for the kind words guys.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 04:24 AM

Nice! I liked the video. Slick jig.

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 08:10 AM

Very inovative in it’s simplicity.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 01:59 PM

Vince, could I suggest adding some pics of the jigs right here? I would love to hear you explain what your doing next time in the video, these are the things a rookie woodworker like me have a tough time wrapping my head around. Great project and will have to build one for my backyard as well, is there any recommended height and place to mount them? Thanks Pat
ps did you make the blade for the plane?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 09:09 PM

Pat, My jigs are not “finished” , I will post detailed pics in my blog, thanks for thinking that I am not a rookie, I still am, in my mind. I just plod along at my own pace.
As for the dimensions I think mine was 25” high (plus a 10” landing board at the bottom) 24” wide and about 9” deep I got to this size using all of the boards I had on hand. I bought five more 5/4 8 by 8’ cedar boards to resaw the baffles inside and the roof and landing board.
I had a Victory plane blade that I thought was near worthless. With nothing to loose I sprayed black paint on and then marked the teeth with a scriber. My Dremmel with a square grindstone and me with patience cut the teeth. Honed the teeth just like a regular blade. I know this sounds like a lot of trouble, but I love working steel and did not want to listen to my table saw whine for hours on end cutting all those grooves! You can see the sweet result in the video.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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