I used a combination of pl400 construction adhesive, finishing nails, and clamps to get the maple down. Building the home made nosing was a huge saving. Everything is ready for sanding and multiple finish coats. The plastic will be hung and sanders will be singing next visit.
There is a deep sense of satisfaction and a bit of pride wrapped up in a project that turns out well. This is one of those projects that is flowing along rather smoothly. The posts and rails are next.