completed bat box

DIY Bat Box

If you are looking to attract bats, you can build this DIY Bat Box to help them find a home near you. Learn how to do it using a Wagner sprayer.

DIFFICULTY: Beginner

Overview

If you are looking to attract bats, you can build this DIY Bat Box to help them find a home near you. This project is easy to complete, fairly quick, and great for a beginner. It is also very cost effective, especially if you already have the tools needed on hand. So keep reading to snag the tutorial and then find more information and details on my blog here.

Before

After

Tools:

  • Wagner FLEXiO 4000 Paint Sprayer
  • Wagner Spray Shelter
  • 12” Compound Miter Saw
  • Dremel Saw-Max with blade for wood and metal
  • Circular Saw
  • Kreg Rip-Cut
  • Nail Gun
  • Driver & Drill
  • Electric Sander (optional)
  • Strainer

Materials:

  • Wagner Spray Liner Cups
  • Paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Wood Glue
  • 1/2" x 2' x 4' Plywood Board
  • 2" x 2" x 6' Wood Board
  • Corrugated Metal

First, we cut the 2' x 4' plywood into two lengths at 21" and 27".

Next, we cut the 2" x 2" board to fit around 3 sides of the 21" x 24" board.

Then we used the Dremel to cut grooves about 1/2"=1" apart from each other on both pieces of plywood. Be sure to dust this off well.

cutting wood with saw

Next, we used wood glue and a nail gun to attach the 2" x 2" boards to the grooved side of the 21" x 24" plywood board.

gluing wood

If you would like to sand, go ahead and do that here. However, this is a pretty rustic project, so you don’t need to.

square wood frame

Then we cut a piece of corrugated metal to be approximately 27" x 4" rectangular.

Next, we took the wood and the metal roof piece and placed them on a drop cloth in our paint shelter. We prepared our paint gun with black paint and painted all sides of these items with two coats of paint.

spraying wood

Then we used more wood glue and our nail gun to attach the 27" x 24" piece of plywood to the other side of the 2" x 2" creating our bat box.

assembling bat box

Next, we attached the metal to the top of the bat house with screws as a roof.

The final step is to attach the bat box in the proper location. There are different methods for doing this, but we used (2) 4” L brackets.

completed bat box

This sponsored post was created by Simply Designing. For more details about what color to paint your bat box (yes it does matter), go here.

You can also get a few more details on the perfect bat box location, how to attract bats and more on my blog.

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