Thick handrail and baluster stock was laminated from 5/4 red cedar. The boards were glued (left) and screwed together (right).
Preprimed wood balusters were fastened to PVC spacers to create assemblies that fit between the top and bottom rails.
The tops were trickier: In order to exactly match the original columns, the author had to add a few inches to the top. He did this by inserting a PVC plug — which he screwed in place inside the column, flush with the top.