The old volute hand rails were extremely wobbly so replaced them with new newel posts. The posts are made of quarter sawn red oak and the joints of the posts were put together with a locking miter. This was my first time working with a locking miter bit but I was very impressed with the results. Also due to the size of the newel posts I had to replace the first step risers. It was challenging but fun scarf bending the plywood. I quickly learned that scarf bending works much better with 1/2” ply over 1/4” ply. This was a long, difficult project but I learned a lot and I am very glad to have it done.