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.
James had this binding lying around his shop for years (he doesn't use plastic binding but this is what mine was).
He had just one strip of it (to make a guitar you need 2) - it fit my guitar perfectly with only 3/4" left over.