I am contemplating initially gluing and end-nailing hemlock Mission-style 1 5/8" square balusters to fillet strips and then fitting and fastening this sub-assembly into the ploughs of the hand and shoe rails. This seems a much easier and stronger assembly method than nailing baluster ends into the rails and then back filling gaps with short lengths of fillet strip. Are any problems envisioned with this apparently unconventional approach?
Most of the project will be construction of horizontal balustrades for a loft. The shoe rail will be hung between the newel posts and spaced off the finish floor by approximately 3 1/2 inches. Spans between newel posts will be no more than 5 feet.
Any suggestions will be very much appreciated!