Where’s My Component?
Here’s another quirk in SketchUp….. sometimes you can select a group of graphics on the screen, execute making it a “component”, yet the group of graphics you started with does not become a component (and remains a bunch of non-integrated graphics).
Sounds weird, but it is likely that you have run into this phenomenon. I’ll use an example from my book in Chapter 9, Page 55 – making the Top for the Chamfered Post Table.
Here is Figure 36, Step 32, laying out the Top:
Using the Line Tool with the help of guidelines, the perimeter of the Top and the Breadboard Ends is drawn resulting in the blue plane shown above. The next step says to make this a component and give it the 3/4-in. thickness.
Double click the Select Tool on the middle rectangular face to select the top face for making a component. Right click on the selection and a pop-up box appears as shown below.
Pick Make Component from the pop-up list and a Component Dialog Box will appear as shown below.
Note the Selection Box at the bottom of the Dialog Box with the words “Replace selection with component”. If this box is not checked, and you click on the Create button, you will create a Component, but the selected blue rectangle on the table assembly will not be replaced with the component.
Before you hit the Create button, make sure you’ve checked that box, then your table assembly will have a Top which is a component.
Now you can use the Push/Pull Tool to give the Top a thickness of 3/4-in.