Before you do any routing, filling holes with Bondo and sanding operations, be sure to wear some type of dust mask! I caution you against breathing this material dust!

Always rout your turns and curved sections first. Only buy and use 1/8" carbide router bits for the slots. We’ll talk about the special bit you’ll need for routing the braid recesses later on. Most modern builders cut and rout the curves and high banks prior to starting on the straight sections. Thankfully, medium density fiberboard (MDF) is much easier to work with than either plywood or particleboard.