Alas my repair failed

I decided to remove the top and replace it. Once the top was removed I could see the cleats did not hit the spot I had hoped. It also appears I did not get good penetration with the hide glue. This was my first attempt with hide glue so I was not surprised.

I have lots to learn, and that is a good thing.

I have some nice pieces of torrefied cedar ready to go.

I cut the fingerboard at the 14th fret and removed it as well.

I will post some pictures for your entertainment!