Creating the barrel

We'll start by adding a circle to our scene (press Shift + A to access the Add menu). By default, circles are added with 32 sides (and 32 vertices). This screenshot will work just fine for us:

Creating the barrel

Next, we'll rotate the circle by 90° on the X axis (R, 90, X, and Enter). Then, we'll apply our rotation and scale by pressing Ctrl + A and selecting Rotation & Scale. We want to apply the rotation here for Blender to be aware of the object's default orientation. This is relevant to several tools and modifiers that we'll be using. We need to apply the scale for the same reason. For instance, the Bevel tool often doesn't work properly when ...

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