I am really starting getting into wood carving, and i figured i would start getting things together to do this as a summer project. I am still working out the details, but a few of them require more knowledge on carve tops. I plan to still use a regular flat bridge machine if i can get away with it. do carve tops have a flatter area at the neck/pups/bridge area? I assume i will have to recess the bridge to get everything to flow better. Also, I want it to have a set neck. When do i glue on the neck, before or after the top is carved? I know i should route everything while the top is still flat, but how will i know how deep to go? How thick should i make the top?What different styles are there that i should look at? I was thinking of using walnut for the top, since it carves nicely, but what other tops are easy to carve? Here are the plans of the woods i was thinking of using: QS quilted cherry neck, bloodwood or purpleheart fretless fingerboard (that is going to be a hard choice), mahogany body, then the carve top.