These are the Hemlock posts before any pickling. I've filled big cracks and gaps in more "open" knots.
And here they are again after 2 coats of pickling and 2 coats of a satin finish clear coat. I rather like the effect the filler had on the overall "figuring" of the wood.
The posts and rails in their places.
The posts are lagged into the framing of the stairwell. We will cover the lags with something decorative. The shims allowed the helpmeet to plumb them up and will be cut away.
The ballusters are being aligned with the rails and are screwed into position at the top and the bottom after being spaced 4" apart.
The entire balluster "unit" is then inserted in between the main rails and is finish nailed into place. I will fill the nailholes.
Only two more "inserts" to go.