re: Glue-up

Splinter - Yes, I can see how the upside-down assembly would benefit from the caul on top.  If I attempt that in the future, I'll keep that in mind.   I did not get any imprinting from the on the surface from the bag, release layer, or the breather.  Luckily.  

Ron - 🤣  No need to wait until "next season".  Update soon.

Dave - I appreciate the details on your hide glue process.  I still have a bag of granules and the little double boiler.  Once I've built-up my courage, I'll give it another shot.