Conical Shapes

Conical shapes are easy with Toolbox.
Conical shapes are easy with Toolbox.

Making cones that are on a perfect angle like this is really nothing more than a modified circle, and just as easy to make.  Three of the cone shapes pictured are building blocks, the fourth is that ever-handy item, the Six-Pronged Idol.  You can make conical shapes out of just about anything.  How easy or time-consuming it is depends primarily on the center point.

Wooden Planks having a center point in the center equates to either a double cone shape, or I can manually make my shape a regular cone.
Wooden Planks having a center point in the center equates to either a double cone shape, or I can manually make my shape a regular cone.
Stone Corner Posts make an excellent cone, but it's item intensive!  60 posts went into this conical shape that would make an awesome roof, on a 6 degree angle.
Stone Corner Posts make an excellent cone, but it’s item intensive! 60 posts went into this conical shape that would make an awesome roof, on a 6 degree angle.
Vagaries with the Six-Pronged Idol mean making this conical shape half with Toolbox, and half manually.
Vagaries with the Six-Pronged Idol mean making this conical shape half with Toolbox, and half manually.

Making cones using Toolbox is a continuation of the utility of the Copy and Paste functions within the addon.  There are two basic requirements for making a cone:

1.  The rotation of the base item.

2.  The rotation of the offset.

Unlike while making spiral stairs, there is no step height, but the principal is almost exactly the same.  There is a common question, however, when it comes to making cone shapes.

q.  What angle should I set the base item?

a.  It doesn’t matter, really.  If you are using an item with the centerpoint on the end, like a pole or a corner post, you can set any angle, then set a rotational offset for each successive item (being sure to divide into 360 degrees for no gaps and minimal overlap).

Follow the settings shown to replicate this cone using Copy and Paste.
Follow the settings shown to replicate this cone using Copy and Paste.

As stated above, this cone is extremely item intensive, to minimize gapping at the edges.  I tried using a larger offset, but 6 degrees was the magic number, which divides into 360 a whopping 60 times.  But the method is the same for most conical shapes where the centerpoint and shape of the block will cooperate.

But what about when they won’t?

Fortunately, using items like Six-Pronged Idols is a lot less item intensive than Corner Posts, it took 14 to make the conical shape shown.  To recap, when either the shape or the center point makes manual adjustment required:

1.  Set a base item at the correct scale and rotation.  Press COPY.  PASTE a second item, and reverse the rotation (for example, the first item at 45 degrees, rotate the second to -45 degrees).

2.  Save the two items as a set.

3.  Load the set, being sure to check the Load in original location box.

4.  Manually rotate the new set to minimize gap and overlap.

5.  Repeat until the cone is complete.

As with everything, making conical shapes requires experimentation, and perhaps you’ll find the perfect arrangement for your particular building style.

Happy Building!

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