newbie question :)

 From:  stevecim
Hi all.

run into some trouble on a model, so I thought I would go through all the functions in the help file, to have a better understanding , rather then just try to do every thing with a small subset of tools :)
not sure how to get the most out of Blend,
this is from the help file.

I thought that looks simple enough, but here is what I get

I think i'm missing a step?