Yesterday I worked on a new set of carve templates and then began using the new set on a new build. Here are the new lines from the templates. Once I've routed all the steps, I mark the bottom step with pen to make sure I don't hit it while I sand out the other steps with the orbital sander. Then, I start sanding down the steps. I try to do it evenly. Here you see just the corners being knocked off. And then a bit more. Getting closer. Notice I have just barely hit the bottom step. That is what the pen lines are for, to tell you to stop. Now I redraw the pen lines and begin sanding the valley of the recurve area. I start in the center of the bottom step and gradually make it wider until it eventually blends altogether. And here is what it looks like when you smooth it all out. This is just the first stage of shaping the carve. The second stage happens after I cut the neck and pick up planes. The third stage happens after I put the binding on. And then the last perfecting stage happens just before finishing. But, I think it's looking pretty cool after stage one. Love the top on this one. Although, it's going to be a heavier guitar. This body, as it is now weighs 6 lbs 10 oz. (My complete unloaded scrap wood LP weighs 6.11!). I am also very happy with the new and improved template set. If anyone is interested, I will try to make another PDF file of this set when I get time.