Thanks for the reply, my local hardware store does have a nice tool-rental area.
Very cool. I just realized that I actually have a plunge-router. Sort of.
Years ago my wife bought me a "spin saw" kit from QVC. I stuck it aside and forgot about it until I was cleaning out a storage space.
Thing looks rather like a large Dremel with a bunch of accessories including a plunge router base. Takes standard 1/4" router bits, apparently.
Sears sold the same thing under their Craftsman brand. No bits, however, guess I have to buy a surface-cutting bit.
Hi, if the top is still glued to the rims I would use a 3 or 4 inch belt sander. I cant visualise how a router with the base resting on the work surface can work. It would start off ok while you have enough flat surface to reference the depth off of, but that's going to get less and less as you move across the top.
I suspect the router would have to be jigged up so as to be suspended above the work surface.
Ok, I see the link above now. It shows not only thinning the top [in places] but also maintaining much of the stiffness in the braces by making them higher. Better to remove timber from the other side [outside] maybe?
I also have a planer fitting that goes in a drill press, works like a large Forstner bit.
Just make the rest of the guitar thicker :-}
(sorry ... ill see myself out )
Let it hang out with thicker boxes...
Look at it through a fun-house mirror...
stop buying cheesy-poofs for its mid-day snack...
(sorry...I'll queue up behind Pick at the exit)
On a serious note, I would use a belt sander.