I'm smiling because I love working on my guitar - it brings me great peace. But I don't think I would feel this way at all if my luthier friend James wasn't guiding and helping me through.
This photo doesn't really reveal anything of the complexity that had just happened. A 5" section at the back of the guitar was smashed up quite badly and the wood was buckled. There are many other clamps inside the guitar that you can't see here - this glue up took about an hour and we scavenged bracing from the old top to bring the cracks back into an even plane.