new user here, been through as many tutorials as I could find, but now that I’m finally drawing something I’m running into problems. I’m trying to build a stand for a spooling system using a bunch of 2x4 framing lumber (1.5" x 3.5" actual). I’m having a few difficulties:
- imagine I have a frame like in the pic below and I need to put a beam diagonally, what’s the best way of doing it? right now I ended up creating an angle guide with the protractor, drawing a 2x4 and rotating it to follow that guide. I then moved it by 0.75 down so that the center of the beam was centered with the guide. This seems quite complicated, wondering if there’s a simpler way.
- with that side structure done I move-copied it and then tried to add two beams across to connect the two frames. After drawing the first top cross beam I copied it and moved it below and then tried to flip it so that it would form an X with the top beam, but it wouldn’t flip. These are all groups. Both flipping from the model or while editing the group does nothing, on any of the axes. What am I missing? I could rotate it, but it seems that flipping should work and would be more accurate.
- last but not least, intersection and trimming. I’ve read that intersections happen “in the same context”, so trying to intersect groups won’t put the intersection lines on the objects in the group. I’ve tried to practice with two simple cubes and it works, 2 groups, I explode one, intersect, cleanup, regroup the trimmed object I exploded. However I can’t get this to work trying to clean up the diagonal beam. All the 4 pieces of the frame and the diagonal beam are objects. As you can see the vertical lines are not places so cleaning up deletes the faces, I have to pull the object out/add some lines, and then I can trim it. Any idea why that’s happening?
thanks for all your help,