Here's Melissa as she buffs the still wet finish plaster with a sponge. She's really the detail person, checking all the edges and making sure everything is smooth and clean.
I ripped up those warping steps. It was pretty harrowing, as I was very concerned about loosening the other madrone pieces that edge the floor. I had to use a hand saw to cut out the upper one, and now I've got it back in the clamps, gluing up for another try.