By Jon Fisher
"A life spent in making mistakes is not only more
honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing"
I used a router to roughly cut the shape of
the LesPaul style carved top. I first drew lines with a pencil
where I would run the router.
I routed channels about 3/4" to 1' wide. I
went up each time about 2mm like stairs until I reached the top
of the 1/2' thick hardwood top.
You have to be really careful not to make any
mistakes you can't correct. As you get more to the middle there
is less flat surface for the router base so you have to be real
I saw a more sure method that Paul Fisher did (see picture
above) where there are little fins that are left for the router
base to rest on. The fins are later chiseled off. I didn't use
this method and had no problems but the fins look like a really
After doing the rough cutting with the router,
I used a chisel to cut off the ledges then I used a belt sander.
This whole procedure works good and fast but
you really have to be careful as the belt sander takes it off
really fast. You can also use a drill and a sanding disk.
Here I am sanding down the rough shape with a belt
Here is the top rough sanded. I was really
pleased with the way the shape turned out. I need to touch it up
with a little hand sanding and a cabinet scraper.
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