The Most Often Frustrating Error
As I review the comments, questions, and issues by readers of my book, I’m seeing a common and frequent error being made in using SketchUp. Here it is – perhaps too early to declare the “most often frustrating mistake” but I’ll go ahead and state it:
Readers are forgetting to open the component for editing prior to making changes or adding detail to that component. They are trying to add a joint, push/pull a face, drill a mortise, or route a groove without right clicking on the selected component and picking “Edit Component” from the pop up list. This results in things not working, frequent retries, and frustrating results.
So when you see things not working, things shown in the book are not happening, review your process steps, and make sure that the first step is to open the component for editing.
I must admit, still making this mistake myself, and often. But by now, I quickly see what is happening and can back out and re-do the modifications and additions after setting the component to edit mode.
I’ll illustrate the “edit component” features with this video on the making of the Front Skirt on the Magazine Rack. This is shown in Chapter 7, pages 32 and 33 of the book.
I did make one change from the book procedure. Before choosing the Ogee Shape Component from the Component Dialog Box, I already have the Front Skirt in Edit mode. That means the the ogee shape becomes a part of the Skirt component right away. The Ogee Shape is its own component and after placement into the Skirt component, you will need to “Explode” that Ogee shape.
Here is a picture of the Magazine Rack while creating the Ogee Shape.
And here is the video: