Makes my arm sore just looking at those. I know how much work that is.
I will look into those planes.... not sure I can justify the cost for a good one.
@Freeman Keller - can you please give me your recommendation for a carving plane, that is, if you only bought one, which one would you buy? I want to spend less than $100I bought a new little finger plane when I started on the archtop - made it much easier. However I was also planing spruce which is about the easiest wood there is.
Check out Bill's most outstanding thread http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/123054-new-member-poplar-tele-build.html for the details/plans.
I think in one of my PRS build threads I either shared or linked to how one could make templates for a dead accurate PRS top carve. I developed the templates while referencing my actual core PRS (only electric guitar I have that I didn't make). Makes it so that you route the steps and then just blend the steps with an RO sander. Makes it pretty quick. For the inside carve, it's much more difficult.
The internal carve is close to being done on both,
next I will continue to work on things that will be much easier to do before I close the box.