I seems like everyone is doing the carved top these days , so its time for me to try it out, be like the cool guys. Most of the knowledge is already in the forum . I am not looking to spend any money on wood or anything else , maybe tuners , i am thinking slotted headstock would look so cool ... Looking at what i have laying around in the closet the door in my videos is filled to the top with wood . I have poplar bodies not finish yet supro style and a piece of 8/4 of butternut 24.5 inch by 8.5 with a bunch of splits at one end. I also have a neck i was not happy with 25.5 scale , i will convert it to 24.625 short Gibson scale. I should try wood bindings , i am a virgin at bindings this will be fun. I got a No 6 Hand plane , no planer or jointer . little to no experience with a hand plane, lest see where confidence will bring us . I started already so i will post the things i did so far , i will have to make some drawing ... I took the poplar body and cut it in half hoping to make two tops , i used the Japanese type saw knockoff in retrospect that was not a good idea and made me work more and loose thickness a lot , next time i will use a saw that is long enough to cover the body preventing the blade from bending where you can't see it. I am at about .680 thick and there are marks left i started with 1.720 thick .You can see the the problem is almost fixed , one is under the top , so no issue here , the other one is probably alright too .