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    A Simple Outdoor Project

    The application should pretty well speak for itself.

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    All exterior parts are cedar; two internal panels are 1/4" plywood. Mesh is gutter screen material to get the recommended 1/4" grid. Overall dimensions are about 24" high by 16" wide by 4" deep.

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    During dry assembly, the front boards looked a bit too plain, so I decided to carve the images with my CNC using a 20° engraving bit cutting 0.10" deep.

    When it gets populated, we should have fewer issues mosquitoes and other small flying critters.


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    Good looking house, Bill. I hope it gets lots of use.

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    Nice job! I've got one of those on the back of my shop from the previous owner. I know I've seen bats around, but not sure If I've got any in there or how it is constructed, guess I should check it out sometime.
    Darren

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    Check underneath for droppings, that will tell you whether it's occupied or not.

    If you have droppings they make great liquid fertilizer. Make sure you wear plastic gloves and a mask. Make a tea and let it sit for 3-4 days before use.

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    This causes me to think, bats must be migratory creatures surely? Otherwise whats to eat in winter up north?
    cheers

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    They hibernate during the winter, but do come out in the mid 30's. From what I've read it's amazing how many bugs are out at that time.

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    Ta da-da-da ta da-da-da Ta da-da-da ta da-da-da, DAT DAAAAAH, DAT DAAAAAH, DAT DAAAAAH!! I have the wood to build one of these, I just haven't got around to it. I like bats. We have a few in our church, and sometimes they visit us in the middle of the sermon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    Ta da-da-da ta da-da-da Ta da-da-da ta da-da-da, DAT DAAAAAH, DAT DAAAAAH, DAT DAAAAAH!! I have the wood to build one of these, I just haven't got around to it. I like bats. We have a few in our church, and sometimes they visit us in the middle of the sermon.
    Bats in the belfry, EH?


    Oh, and here ya go!
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    Bill Arnold
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