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4.5_Railings

0:01 Unlike some of the other furnishings we’ve found or created thus far, handrails found online won’t do us much good unless the area they’re needed for is straight and flat.

0:12 Our park design is clearly neither of those – which means we’ll be making them all from scratch.

0:19 The process is pretty much the same as what we just did for the slide’s top pull bar.

0:25 This time though, we’re going to introduce an extension that should speed things up a little bit.

0:30 The extension is called ‘Pipe Along Path’ and does what it says…it converts a line or lines into a cylindrical tube or rail.

0:40 We’ll start by drawing a reference line at the top of the upper staircase so we know our handrail will be centered on the cheekwall.

0:49 Next draw a 36” high vertical line centered on the first line which will become our typical rail post.

0:58 Then select the line and go to your extensions dropdown and find ‘Pipe Along Path’.

1:05 We’re prompted for some settings. Enter '1 inch' for the outside diameter and '0' for the inside diameter as we don’t want anything inside the rail.

1:15 Then everything else should be ok left alone and click ‘Ok’.

1:22 You can see that it automatically made the pipe for us and kept the centerline inside for reference, but moved it to its own layer for either freezing or deleting later when its no longer needed.

1:38 Then we can turn this post into a component as we’ll use it again shortly.

1:45 Next let’s draw the start and end vertical lines.

1:48 Like before, measure out one foot from center point of the bottom handrail.

1:53 You may benefit from switching your face style to ‘XRAY’ for this part as you can see the pipe’s center line now and snap to it.

2:07 Make this vertical the same 36 inches high.

2:12 And repeat the same step at the bottom of the stair.

2:44 Next, using XRAY mode again, we can connect the end lines to the posts on the top to the ones at the bottom.

2:60 We can then elect the whole line...

3:06 ...and run ‘Pipe Along Path’ again.

3:13 This looks good but it might be better with rounded corners.

3:17 Let's go ahead undo that last step and this tim, we can add a fillet to the corners where our end posts meets the top rail

3:27 There are or course extensions that can do fillets like in CAD, but since we’re just doing two, let’s do them with native tools.

3:36 Draw a line 3 inches from the corner in both directions to break the lines.

3:43 Then draw an arc connecting each.

3:49 Finally delete the squared off corner that we no longer need.

4:10 Now select the entire line again...

4:16 ...and run ‘Pipe Along Path’.

4:22 And we can see that this looks much better with rounded corners.

4:26 It’s also good to learn different techniques now so that you have a choice later when you need it.

4:32 We still need to copy some of the vertical posts and then mirror the whole handrail to the other side and then do these top rails.

4:43 We’ll speed the video up here a bit so you can see where the other rails go without having to hear each step being repeated over and over again.

6:58 And there we go. It’s starting look more like a completed model with these little custom details added in.