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The pattern you've drawn looks reasonable. However, a real deck was not treenailed: metal spikes were used and the heads countersunk. The hole above the head was plugged with wood whose grain went the same direction as that of the plank. The result was almost invisible.

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Druxey< Interesting factoid about how decks were installed. Any reason planks were trenield and decks spiked?

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My guess would be that most of the time, planks would be wetter than decks and the wet treenails would swell making them tighter. 

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