So the journey to building a very simple table begins. This table is based on one from Thewoodwhisperer’s episode 11 arts and craft table. There’s is nothing fancy that’s done and that’s the best part for this primer on using SU.
Now I’ve spent some time putting the table together—unfortunately, I’ve still not figured out how to post it here. So if someone can enlighten me on that little gem I’d appreciate it.
Regardless – here we go. And remember – we are taking baby steps, trying to go methodically and get all, or at least as many as I can think of, the details in there. Hopefully this won’t be too boring but I’m doing this as much for myself as anyone. Hopefully it will help someone along the way.
First things first. Open SU and go to Window—Preferences—- highlight “templates” on the left hand list of items, then with the arrow drop down menu choose “inches woodworking 3d.”
This should give you a picture with three axes – those lines and a picture of a small framing square.
Select the framing square (click on it) – that will put a blue box around the frame—- hit delete on your keyboard – or right click and scroll up to erase.
So now you are left with the three axes. The red and green lines are the “ground” and the blue line is “up”.
Move your cursor to the upper left corner and select the rectangle icon—- this action will turn your cursor into a pencil with a small rectangle next to it.
Move the icon to the “origin” which is the point where all three axes come together. When your cursor hits the origin perfectly on center it will create a yellow dot. Using your mouse – left click to start drawing a rectangle.
Let go of the mouse after you click (we are going to avoid “dragging”), then move the mouse along the green axis. You’ll see your rectangle starting to take shape. You should also see a red line moving up along with your mouse. That red line means you are parallel to the red axis. You should also see a green line on the right which means you are parallel to the green axis.
Move your cursor about four inches up the green axis and then left click. This drops the end of the rectangle and it will turn the rectangle a dark blue color. This is the “face” or your rectangle.
Hit the “ESC” button on your keyboard to stop drawing rectangles.
Remember that anytime you make a mistake or want to undo anything, just go to Edit – drop down to “undo” and that will undo your last action. You can continue to “undo” as many times as you want. You can also undo the undo function—- ain’t that fun!
Take a look at the bottom right corner of your screen. The word “dimension” should be there and then a box with some numbers in it. Those numbers tell you how big your rectangle is. You can change that number, in fact you should. Type in 36,72 then hit the Enter button. This will size your table top to 36” deep and 72” long.
(If you drew your rectangle on the red axis you would type in 72,36.)
You do NOT have to put a space between the numbers 36 and 72—all you need is a comma. You can put in a space if you want to—- but you don’t need it. You DO need the comma. Don’t forget your comma!
Before we go any further, you should “save” your table so you don’t loose all your efforts.
Move your cursor up to the menu bar and select the push/pull tool. It’s the one that is square with an arrow coming out of it. (10th tool from the left).
Place the push/pull tool anywhere on the rectangle – just moving it over the rectangle will make a bunch of pretty little dots to show up. That means that your next action will effect that portion of your project. Move the tool off of the rectangle and it becomes a boring little box again.
Put the tool back over the rectangle and left click once – the pretty dots disappear – don’t let go off the left button and move your mouse up. This turns the rectangle white and gives it depth.
Take a look at the dimension box in the bottom right corner – you’ll notice that the numbers have changed from the rectangular dimensions to thickness. Type in .75 or 3/4 then hit Enter button. Then hit the “esc” button. Your rectangle is now a table top 3/4” thick and it should appear white on the screen.
OK. I have to take a break—- this left-handed typing is tough! More later tonight.
Remember I’ve still not figured out how to post it here. So if someone can enlighten me on that little gem I’d appreciate it. If you can tell me how—please do.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine