Designing a Centering Tool in TinkerCAD (Beginner)

A short tutorial on how to use TinkerCAD to create a centering tool often used in carpentry targeted at beginners.

Materials

Step 1

Place a box from the basic shapes into your workplane.

Place a box from the basic shapes into your workplane.

Step 2

Change the width (x axis) and length (y axis) to 100mm by 10mm. Furthermore, lower the height (z axis) to 2 mm.

Change the width (x axis) and length (y axis) to 50mm by 50mm. Furthermore, lower the height (z axis) to 2 mm.

Step 3

Using the cylinder, change the length (y axis) and width (x axis) to 10mm, lowering the height (z axis) to 2mm.

Using the cylinder, change the length (y axis) and width (x axis) to 10mm, lowering the height (z axis) to 2mm.

Step 4

Using another cylinder, change the length (y axis) and width (x axis) to 5mm, lowering the height (z axis) to 10mm. Place the new cylinder in the middle of the one previously created.

Protip: You can use the align tool to make this alignment very easy.

Using the cylinder, change the length (y axis) and width (x axis) to 5mm, lowering the height (z axis) to 10mm. Place the new cylinder in the middle of the one previously created.

Step 5

Group your shape and align it with the end of your previously created box. The middle of the cylinders should intersect with the side of the box (see picture).

Group your shape and align it with the end of your previously created box. The middle of the cylinders should intersect with the side of the box (see picture).

Step 6

Duplicate (CTRL + D) your cylinders and aligned it with the opposite side of the box (see picture).

Duplicate (CTRL + D) your cylinders and aligned it with the opposite side of the box (see picture).

Step 7

Group (CTRL + G) your all your shapes together.

Group (CTRL + G) your all your shapes together.

Step 8

Using the cone from the basic shapes, align it to the center of you shape. For this step it is highly recommended that you use the align tool (L). Change the cone to a hole and lower (z axis) it till a small amount, much like the end of pencil, is protruding out the top (see picture).

Using the cone from the basic shapes, align it to the center of you shape. For this step it is highly recommended that you use the align tool (L). Change the cone to a hole and lower (z axis) it till a small amount, much like the end of pencil, is protruding out the top (see picture).

Step 9

Select both shapes, by either drag-clicking with the mouse, or using CTRL + Click to multi-select shapes. Group the objects using CTRL + G, or clicking the group button at the top right of the interface. Congratulations! You have completed your centering tool.

Select both shapes, by either drag-clicking with the mouse, or using CTRL + Click to multi-select shapes. Group the objects using CTRL + G, or clicking the group button at the top right of the interface. Congratulations! You have completed your vase.

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