So, I found a nice wood source nearby to start my build and I bought all of the neck wood. It's all cut, squared, planed and glued up. I'm using flame maple and a paduk center for the neck construction. Its 2 1/2' thick x 2 1/4" wide x 5' right now. So far, so good. Now, here's where I'm a little stumped. So far, I have a mahogany slab that is roughly 1 3/4" thick and a book matched 5a flame maple top that is 3/4" thick and was previously glued by the previous owner I purchased it from. I don't want to have the neck wood show on top but rather use the maple as a cap. I'm trying to figure out how to proceed from here. I know I have to plane down the mahogany 3/4" to make the body total thickness to 1 3/4" with the maple top. I'm also thinking I will need to plane the section of the neck that will be glued to the mahogany under the maple to accommodate it's thickness so it can lay flat on top. Will this make the neck weak or unstable? Is there a better solution? So, I'm thinking I need to make templates of the body shape for the bottom half,(mahogany) taking into account of the neck width, rough cut out the body shape of the mahogany first, square of the sides to be glued then glue it to the neck, plane down the center section of the neck, rough cut the maple, glue the maple on top and the use a tracer bit and route the top and bottom using my full body template I made. Sorry for all the novice questions, this is my first neck through build and I had to go with a figured top I don't want to cut up. Oh Brudda!!! Thanks for any insight or advice.