Hello again! I finally got some time to work. I also found the Sketchup Quick Guide… Game changer!
Anyway, I Moved my contours at 1/16" intervals and used the sandbox tool. Seemed to work, but my lines are still there. It also added the sandbox filling to the major cut-aways of the guitar top. I suppose that is because I did not give the outer most contour any elevation at all.
This is going to be a fairly complex drawing. Let me explain how the top is carved… Keep in mind I did this all by hand the first time. I start with a piece of wood that is 3/4" thick. Each contour line represents a 1/16" change in elevation. The thickness of the top itself is 1/4". Since this is a semi-hollow guitar, I carve top and the underside at the same points. I used a different set of templates for the underside, that took into account a center block (for supporting the pickups and top). This center block remains a constant height while the inside contours (red lines) are 1/16" steps.
I do the exact same thing for the back/body, except extend the sides, tail block, and center block 1.5" up (black lines). This gives the guitar its thickness.
So! My next step would be to give the top thickness (1/4"). Is there a way to keep the contours and thicken up the model. Also, I will eventually be adding in cavities for pickups, a mortise(cutaway) where the neck fits in, and drilling holes for the miscellaneous parts. Is there a specific timing when I should add these cavities?
Thank you all again! This project is quite over my head, but I’m learning quickly. It will get easier and easier
I am definitely going to try that alternate way of making the tops 3d if this doesn’t work out.
Here you can see the contours of the top, as well as what the bottom looks like. Hopefully it helps you picture what I’m going for.