A Do-It-Yourself Shade Arbor


Argh, Lumber, Tools. Argh, Build. Last week I built a covered sandbox. Here in Florida you need some shade or your goose is cooked. I was going to put a shade canopy on it and you can find those plans on my website. However, I’ve always wanted to build a pergola, or is it a shade arbor? I didn’t know so I consulted professor google and apparently the difference has to do with the’ thing.aaaa, you know I still have no idea. Ahh, I’m just kiddin. A pergola is usually attached to another structure on one side where as an arbor is usually constructed over a walkway and generally you don’t sit under them. Well this is sort of a cross between the two so yeah I still don’t know. A quick trim on the miter saw will give me the lengths I need and those lengths can be determined. This is going to require a lot of glue so Ill just make sure to top off my glue bottle before I begin.

I’ve gotta work fast because I’m sandwiching all the posts together into one glue up so Ill be racing the open time on my glue. Because I didn’t want treated lumber and that is all I could find locally by way of 4x4s I decided to make my own. Instead of using two 2x4s for each post I’m using one 2×4 and one 1×4. The 1×4 is a different length from the 2×4. You’ll see why later. Just a fair warning I’m taking liberties all over the place with this project. With those in the clamps time to work on the cross beams. These are 2x6s that I’ll trim to size. Then measure a mark here, Connect the and measure a mark there. Connect the two dots. And its off with the jigsaw. Simple really. Clean that up a little bit. The rafters are just 2x4s. They just get a simple 45 degree angle cut in both ends and the miter saw takes care of that job no problem.

The diagonal cross pieces. 2x6s. Ill shape these a bit differently and to do that Ill need to break out a highly calibrated, piece of equipment. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have one as top shelf as mine. I’m all about class here at simply easy diy. That trash can had this funny lip on it which I don’t want my final profile to be like that. So precision is the name of the game now. . Hands like a surgeon Jigsaw, take it away. After that I need some angles cut in those ends and Ill just lay these out so I can mark a rough line just to help me keep my cuts headed in the right direction. Miter saw gives me what I need here. And that’ll work just fine. By this time my posts are dry and out of the clamps. Ill just clean these up by running them through my table saw so I can take off that mess. But, now I have these sharp corners which I do not want. A round over bit in my trim router makes short work of those.

If you don’t have a router or a round over bit, not to worry. A sander with some 80 grit sandpaper will take care of ya. Or you could just deal with the sharp corners. Its your boat. Float it like you want. Time to put some stuff together. Liberties warning! The size of my arbor slash pergola affords me to be able to lay out the cross beam and set the posts across it like so. Ill just make sure the two pieces meet at the end of my taper. A large drywall square will be my lovely assistant today to square of the posts to the cross beam. If you don’t have one of these no problem. A regular framing square will do just fine or you could use the 3, 4, 5 method. Whatever works for you. Screws instead of bolts. Use bolts if you want. Don’t judge me YouTube. Cats all she wants is food. Flip the whole thing over and attach the diagonal braces.

See told you all she wanted was food. Now some of you may have a question about now and if you ask that question in the comments I’m just going to say Website. Ill discuss it over there. Installation time. Our arbor is going over the kids sandbox. So Ill just slide one side up to where I want it and start digging some holes. Now I can not possibly go over every possible situation or outcome one may encounter while building a project like this. It cant be done. You’re just going to have to know a little about where you live, your ground characteristics, building codes, things like that and go from there. I will show you what I did and if that helps, great. 18 inches is what I’m going for.

This is a liquid rubberized material that is often used on roofs. There are several types of material you can use for an application like this but it needs to stay pliable so that it will expand and contract with the post. If it doesn’t, you’re going to have problems. Some gravel at the bottom of the hole is going to help with drainage. A lack drainage is a big reason why posts fail prematurely. Alright here we go. I do not use concrete to set posts anymore. A hurricane or two will break you of that habit pretty quick.

Also concrete holds moisture next to the post causing premature rot. I might talk a little more about that over on the blog post. Check the description. Ill have the links in there. Now as long as I dont compact the dirt around the post just yet I can still adjust it this way or that so I can make everything plumb and level. Same thing for the front side. The difference here is I wanna make sure the two sides are level with each other. So Ill lay out one of the rafters across them and check a level. I’ll do that for both sides. I also want to make sure the posts on both sides are the same distance from each other, and adjust as needed.

Now I’ll lay my rafters in place. and set the front overhang. Then I’ll mark those lines. Take the rafters back to my shop and use that line as a guide to drill some pocket holes. Lay them back in place, line up the marks to the beam and do the thing. For the side trellises I’m just using a basic vertical slat design. Ive seen some pretty cool setups on these things so it all depends on how intricate you would like to be. But that my friends I will leave to you. As for me I will throw some stain on here, lay some shade cloth over the top and my job is done.

Do Your Best!

The attitude is it can’t be done because they haven’t seen it they’re judging according to appearances. The people that will go to make it in the future the people that are making it today. Let me share something with you history is being read but it’s also being written by people with imagination. It’s necessary you take responsibility for it that you make it happen, that you don’t give up that you don’t take any objection or disappointment or defeats personally that you keep on keeping on that you don’t decide that I can’t make it because you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel that you realize that’s a part of the program. You must have faith. You’ve got to believe in yourself. You’ve got to believe in your abilities . You’ve got to believe in your service, your company, your ideas unquestionably You’ve got to have faith and that faith gives you patience . That it’s not gonna happen as quickly as you want it to happen When you got an idea you want to move on you might not have the money, you might not have the education you might not have the support or resources you need.

What is that something that can keep us going, that will enable us to act on our dreams? Which one of those keys? That will begin to help us to discover the secrets to our dream. Here’s what I want you to repeat after me please with power and conviction. Say “it’s possible” it’s possible, it’s possible, it’s possible. Most of us go through life with our brakes on holding back not giving all that we have, not sharing all of ourselves.

Most of us go to our graves still holding on rather than releasing it because of past experiences, past defeats, past pain. We look back, well it didn’t work out then it probably won’t work out now. That tonight, we were exposed for what we are right now It means that what I did didn’t work tonight and I’ve got to separate what I do from who I am. I feel like we all have two battles or two enemies going on one with the man across from you the second is with the man inside of you. I think once you control the one inside of you the one across from you really doesn’t matter.

I think that’s what we are all trying to do. You aren’t handed anything you earn everything, every single day over and over again, You have to prove it. Imagine if you got what you want every time no struggle, no hard work, no challenges no hard work required. Some of you are saying “that would be great” you would be weak and then when something hard comes up in your life you wouldn’t know how to handle it because you have never gone through anything that strengthens you.

You cannot grow without struggle you cannot develop strength without resistance without challenging yourself, without struggle. Pain is your friend maybe not in the moment but for the evolution of your soul for the long-term benefit of you as a stronger human being. Pain is your friend if you didn’t have failures if you didn’t have struggles if you didn’t have disappointment you can have no strength no courage no compassion how could you? those qualities are made from your pain and struggle. You were given pain because you are strong enough to handle it You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it because you are strong enough to drive through it to thrive through it to inspire others throught it They will look to you and say “he did it, she did it “ I have the strength to do it too You are stronger than you think you survived all your challenges to this point and you will survive whatever is coming.

But next time a struggle comes I don’t want you to curse the skies know that it was sent for a reason and a lesson. It might be to make you stronger, it might be to teach you patience it might be for you to show others your spirit. There is a reason So don’t you give up. You have a purpose in this world and you will only find it if you keep going and keep growing.

Your struggle is a part of your story your struggle made you the person you are today. Your struggle is your life Your struggle is your gift. See, many people look at struggle like it’s a bad thing Your struggle will be the gift that the world falls in love with. Nobody wants to hear the story of the man that was given everything people want to hear the stories of men and women that endure pain and turned their struggles into a gift. Do you want people just to feel sorry for you? or do you want people to look up to you? do you want to be a lesson? because lessons are born in the belly of struggle Fear is only a fictional movie but reality is a struggle.

Reality is the struggle to take the struggle and change your reality. Because the whole time you were thinking that your struggle was holding you back it was really giving you the tools to become one of the greatest. No more second guessing No more blaming others for the problems you have in your life. It’s a new day This is my one-way ticket to my dreams. Your struggle is your gift. And I believe collectively as a group we’re gonna kick the competition’s butt because we understand how important, it is to think, execute, and dominate. Suck it up Get tough Suck it up Get tough people wanna have success, people wanna make a lot of money but they want it to be easy without any challenges. Do you think it was easy for me to become one of the top 450 basketball players in the world that you never heard of? The only way I made it to the NBA was I was fundamentally sound, I was mentally tough and I never quit.

And even when I wanted to quit I have people in my life that would make sure I didn’t quit. I hired and set up the top ten motivational speakers watched all their videos and I watched them one by one because I understand that if I pay attention to what the best are doing I could be the best too I watched game film on Michael Jordan no matter how much I watch, I can’t do what Michael Jordan can do I was watching Magic Johnson I can’t do what Magic Johnson would do but I sat there in hand with videos I watched Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins my hot wife was scared, I was scared I called her to my office and I said what a husband say I said “babe, we gonna be okay” Everyone wants a check and our account was draining I said “babe, we gonna be ok” let’s start a motivational speaker business.

I go to Jerry Sloan and I say “Jerry, I’m trying to make your team but since we don’t scrimmage I feel like I can’t show you what I can do” Go to corral, hear me clearly, listen to his answer and it will unlock some mysteries as to how you become the best in the world at what you do over a long period of time. Jerry, I’m trying to make your team but I feel like I can’t show you what I can do he says “Walter, I already know what you can do but if you wanna make my team! I suggest you listen follow directions and execute” Listen follow directions and execute What I didn’t realize even though we didn’t scrimmaging practice through our practice we did drills and he created what I call habits and rituals every single day practice was the same every single day we drilled on fundamentals every single day we worked on habits and rituals.

So even though my mind was floating, even though I was selfish and self-centered he was conditioning me into the culture through practice of habits and rituals. the reason why I tripled my NBA income in three years? is because of habits and rituals. Next year if your name didn’t get called to come across the stage I’m here to tell you they will call your name next year if you go back home and execute habits and rituals. I wanted to scrimmage for me but Jerry Sloan was getting me ready to play for the Utah Jazz so every day it was about habits and rituals. Having hot food is about habits and rituals great customer service is about habits and rituals being the best in the world at what you do being a pro, is all about habits and rituals. Let me tell you something, I learned a very valuable lesson when I played for the Utah Jazz, I had a point guard on my team who’s arguably the best point guard in the history of the NBA his name is John Stockton.

John Stockton would go to a chiropractor four times a day on game day. You know what I said to myself? I’m not doing that, it doesn’t take all that. John Stockton played 19 years in the NBA, I played three. You would have thought I’d have been smart enough to watch a hall-of-famer and just shut my mouth, hop in the car and go with them. No, my mind said nah it doesn’t take all that, I would tease him man, John Stockton are you OCD or something? Why are you going to a chiropractor four times a day? He swore by his chiropractor that man played point guard in the NBA until he was 40 years old and he didn’t retire because he got slow he retired because he refused to wear baggy shorts he loved his daisy dukes. Every day on game day, John would go to a chiropractor four times a day and in my immature basketball mind I would say nah it doesn’t take all that I don’t need to do all that I’m an award winning motivational speaker because now I pay attention to details.

Another peak performers truth Peak performers are detail-oriented. You mean you just go sit there and let the enemy take your stuff you don’t recognize you’re in a fight. See, because most church people don’t know that they’re in a fight they’ve been saved but their mentality is so kernel that they just think stuff happens. Nothing just happens, everything came from somewhere everything had a genesis, everything had a beginning It didn’t just happen that thing was set against you It was set against you I don’t care what the doctor says, what the nurse says what the bookkeeper says, accountant, I don’t care what you read in the Wall Street Journal about the economy, the Devil is a liar. That thing was sent and you sitting up here with your dressed up self acting like well, whatever happens happens. The Devil is a liar. The Devil is a liar. You have accepted some things as normal and adjusted your way of life to accommodate something that was never meant to be. You mean you just gonna sit there and let the enemy take your stuff take your life, take your family take your son, take your daughter, take your grandkids you just gonna lay back and let him have your job, have your influence, have your business you just gonna hand it over without a fight? You not gonna fight or nothing? You not gonna do spiritual warfare you not gonna fight in the spirit, you’re not gonna go into the- you just gonna let him have your territory? You better fight for your territory.

I don’t care what it is, your legs, your arms, your toes, your kids, your finances, I don’t care what it is you gotta fight for your territory. You have to fight to keep your eyesight, you have to fight to keep your energy you have to fight to keep your movement I mean you have to fight for stuff that you used to take for granted. My God, do you hear what I’m saying to you? I said I will fight. Don’t you think for one minute that I won’t fight. Don’t you think I won’t fight just cause I’m twelve don’t mean I won’t fight. David was a boy when he killed Goliath. Don’t let the fat fool you, I’m fat, but I’ll fight I’m gray headed but I’ll fight

I’m a woman but I’ll fight. I’m an old man, but I’ll fight you right now Oh my God, I mean, I’ll fight you right now. Success is growth every day every day if you go a couple days without feeling like you’ve changed something if you’ve gone a couple days feeling like you’re kind of the same as you were yesterday then you get disgusted and you get frustrated like a man who hasn’t had a meal. You get frustrated and you desire that growth So, why haven’t I grown today? why didn’t I grow yesterday? what kept me back? did I go back into some sort of comfortable pattern? when you’re in the gym, don’t count your reps just push until it hurts and once it hurts then start counting your reps. That’s why when they ask Muhammad Ali how many push-ups he does he said “I don’t know” “I only start counting when it hurts” So that’s how we grow that’s how we succeed as we push and push and push and go and once it starts hurting, once the resistance starts coming that’s when we start counting that’s when we start to matter.

So don’t dodge the fear, don’t dodge the pain, don’t dodge the resistance don’t dodge the attack that is coming against you Look at it with opportunity look at it as an opportunity. To find victory victory is found in struggle. The struggle is not to be avoided, the struggle is to be confronted. The struggle is to be welcomed with joy that you finally have an opportunity to show God to show the world that you’re ready for this fight that you know you got your eyes on the prize you know what your goal is you know what your dream is and you’re gonna demonstrate to God to the world that ain’t no amount of struggle ain’t no high of an obstacle ain’t no strong army of hate and doubt gonna get in your way from this victory that is destined for your life.

For this victory that is destined by you accomplishing your dream you will accomplish your dream because your dream is never gonna give up on you it will stay with you. So, army of doubters army of haters army of all those who said I never could army of that voice inside of me that’s tried to kept me down army of that voice inside of me that’s tried to keep me down. All of you will be slain one by one because the victory is mine What the enemy shouts is weakness is actually your weapon the truth is you have no weaknesses just strength that you haven’t discovered yet now the world will attempt to label you, categorize you and box you in to a belief system that keeps you from being you the enemy wants you to fall in line with the rest of the sheep he’s already mastered and send you all to the slaughter where beautiful dreams are castrated and beheaded on the chopping block of imitation the only way to survive and thrive is to be yourself at the highest level you must create, perform and build your success on a foundational belief that what God put in you is enough truth is the new black the couture for greatness, and you are enough Staying true to yourself keeping it real, being authentic has more power to change the world than all the leaders and politicians combined see that’s the secret, they hope that you don’t find that out.

Lies, the market already has enough of those poor little sheep What the world seeks is exactly what you have to offer. The more deeply you create from the inner depths of your true identity the more successful will stalk you. Set yourself on fire, and they will come from miles to see you burn your smoke will be like catnip to the masses. They will flock to you they will submit to your lead in massive numbers there’s nothing more sexy, more seductive than a person comfortable in their own skin. That’s the place that you have to create from to be successful. You gotta be willing to get on the world stage to strip down until you’re emotionally naked unrestrained completely exposed and dance with originality.

Paint, draw, sing, design, produce from that space, that’s the place, the factory, the holy land that has produced all the greatness the world has been so honored to experience. so I’m here to tell you right now that you are enough that’s the secret, truth is the new black. I’ve enjoyed convincing you that you’re nothing, you’re never gonna be nothing you came from nothing, and you’ll never get out. You’ll never be loved, you’ll never be happy you’ll never be blessed, you’ll never be free You’ll never get yourself together, you will never be nothing. I’ve enjoyed attacking you As long as you still over there and this day’s over here everything will be all right but the moment you try to break away from where you came from and take over new territory, that’s when all hell breaks loose in your life.

What you fighting didn’t start with you go back in your family, that devil has been in that territory for a long time he doesn’t want to leave the region. That Devil isn’t interested in you he’s interested in your territory he’s interested in your region, he’s after your turf, he’s after your stuff There’s something that you have that he wants, and he doesn’t care about you he says I could use her, I could use a pig, I can use a goat, I can use a dog, I can use her sister, I can use his brother, I can use somebody close to them It sounds like somebody else in here has had some lying voices whispering in your ear, telling you what you can’t do what you can’t be and what you can’t have and if you don’t do it with me, it can’t be done. The Devil is a liar. You need to abort every voice that said you can’t do it, you can’t have it, you can’t be it you will never get up, you will never survive the Devil is a liar. Abort that thing, push it out! or it ain’t gonna be no Holyfield fight dancing around, oh no, I’m gonna bite you, I’m gonna kick you in your hide, I’ll fight like a wild animal I didn’t come this far to let you take my stuff.

You have accepted some things as normal and adjusted your way of life to accommodate something that was never meant to be if you don’t possess what’s yours the enemy will possess your land. See when you start running from one thing you gonna keep running from everything that’s why you need to stop running and face whatever you gotta face and deal with whatever you got to deal with because if you run from Pharaoh, you’re going to run from the serpent, you’re going to run from love, you’re going to run from life, you’re going to run from responsibility, you’re going to run, run, run, run, run, run.

When are you gonna stop running? This is the marching legion of enemies that are coming to get you to bring you down! You think I’m a roll over and play dead while you take over my stuff? The Devil is a liar. I will fight you, I don’t mean no fancy fight, I mean I’ll crawl and kick and scratch and bite your nose I’ll fight you and he got through messing with your Daddy now he’s gonna mess with you, when he got through messing up your sister now he’s after you but I came to serve notice on the Devil today, it stops right here, I’m going to fight for the territory.

Somebody who’s in a fight dip down and praise right now and as long as you were a spectator the Devil was alright with that but the moment you start raising your head and worshipping God, all hell breaks loose. Do you hear what I’m saying? Do you hear what I’m saying to you? You gotta hear this Don’t give your territory over to the enemy.

Now in order to have territory, you have to have ownership and the problem with you is that you might own territory that you don’t even realize that God has given you certain things up under your auspices, up under your authority that you’ve got to be prepared to fight for Are y’all hearing what I’m saying and you’re waiting and waiting and you’re waiting and you’re waiting, tired. Does anybody know what it’s like to be tired? Trying to hold your head up but you’re tired, trying to be tough but you’re tired And one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one by one they all went to sleep not just the foolish I don’t care how smart you are, you still get tired I don’t care how committed you are, you still get tired I don’t care how focused you are, you still get tired Is there anybody here that can talk to me about tired? I don’t mean the kind of tired you get at night I mean the kind of tired where you wake up tired go to work tired, eat your lunch tired, answer the phone tired, smiling tired may I help you, grinning at people, praise the Lord, and tired and nobody knows that you are tired.

Some of you don’t understand why you are so tired right now but you don’t realize you’re just counting your workload from what is happening right now but you have to remember that the oil started burning when you started hoping it didn’t just start when you started doing it started when you started believing. Something is about to happen in my life, I’m going to get up I’m going to go forward, I’m going to get out of there and all of a sudden the oil is burning, you have to burn some oil to be able to wait. The Bible says they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength They shall mount upon wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not fade. You have to be tough to wait you have to be tough to work all day and go to school at night you have to be tough to take two part-time jobs and put them together and try to make it be Oh y’all don’t understand what I’m talking about you have to be tough to start a service in a storefront with two members and the bills are higher then you’ve got.

You have to be tough. Is there anybody in here that’s going through a tough time in your life and you were waiting on a breakthrough to occur in your life Yeah, yeah same place They all were waiting, they all went to sleep you couldn’t tell who was wise and who was foolish until the cry was made. The thing you’ve been waiting on is coming how you react to challenges tells whether you are wise or foolish. And you will never completely be healed or whole until you change the voice inside of your own head. .