I used my drill press to drill many holes based on the rough contour of the guitar, as suggested in Benedetto’s book “Making an Archtop Guitar”. I then began slicing away the waste wood with a Flexcut gouge. It was very slow, but satisfying work. Once I had the rough contour, I began using a luthier’s finger plane and a Veritas convex spokeshave to carve the top to the final contour, finishing it off with cabinet scrapers. The final photo in this sequence shows the top being carved to fit the bridge, as well as many of the tools I used to get to this stage.