Construction Phase Two - Facing the Gate Wall
The first two planks to be installed were the two tall ones to each side of the doorway. These had to be precisely placed because they attach to the "door jam" for the castle gate. That entire area has to be constucted to take the force of having the gate repeatedly bashed open without actually being damaged, so it not only has to look tough, it has to actually be tough.
The top end of each plank was relieved and rounded over in order to add a bit of eye appeal as well as to insure that folks didn't get any splinters from the ends of the boards. I figure that spears and arrows are their problem; splinters are my problem :-) Once the planks were screwed into place, the gate opening was laid out and cut. After a lot of work, it's starting to look like a fortress.