Alright. Hold on.
Taking the top off a violin can be one of the most difficult operations in this whole business.
I've had tops come off in a matter of minutes, and tops that have taken upwards of an hour. There is no limit to the damage that you can do to a violin while removing the top. You can create a bass barre crack, a soundpost crack, you can drive the opening knife right through the top, and on and on. Should we be encouraging people to try this the first time without help?
Now, I'm all for DIY learning, but this is one aspect that should be taught, in person, by a "professional".
As indicated in a recent post, hack away at your bridge. It's your's, and it's replaceable. But when it comes to major surgery, at least try to get a real life demonstration before you have at it.
Josh Gillan, please get in touch with a luthier in your area, and ask him or her to help you. If there are no luthiers in your area, then look around, find one nearby enough, and make the drive. It will be fun and worth it. Failing all that, try to be in contact with a real live person to show you how to take the top off. If you are polite and really want to learn, it probably won't cost you a dime.
Bridges, soundposts, even pegs, but not taking a top off of a violin you care about. And as for sound posts, please see the recent topic "soundpost mess".