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Something comes to mind -- don't inadvertantly make this more difficult than it already is.
Have you confirmed that the fasteners holding your toe rail down are actually wood screws? It might be worth the time to make sure that they are not machine screws, complete with nuts/washers on the back side. If they are machine screws, consider before disassembly how you're gonna get them back together once you're done with your wood repair.