Once upon a time our stairwell was narrow, dark and fully walled off from the rest of the house.
We don't like the more ornate turned balusters and newel posts that are readily available from the big box stores. And the maple ones I could custom order were over our budget. So Luke and I figured out what materials we would need and I picked up a couple 12' 6/4 boards to work with.
I usually assist Luke with this kind of project. He has much more experience and I'm happy to just be his helper, but that weekend he was busy designing our sprinkler system (and watching march madness) so I ended up trying most of this on my own. I was able to lam the boards together without too much trouble but using the router table to create the flutes and rounded edges was stressful. I haven't done a lot of router work and one mistake could mean having to start over.