Since I built the porch, of course nothing’s entirely square or entirely straight. On the insert I built this morning, every single piece had to be a slightly different size. I anticipated that and just made everything too big. And that’s what I’ve done here: I measured all the apertures to be filled, then cut all the balusters a standard size that’s just a little too big for the biggest of those apertures. That’ll make assembling these things more time-consuming than it would be for a real carpenter, since every single part gets custom fitted. But since the mistakes are small and everything will fit, it won’t look comically bad. At least the first one doesn’t.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to sit out on the porch, drink tea and sand balusters while watching a video on a tablet computer. Do I know how to live, or what?