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Good Luck Fretwork

Scroll this symbolic design as a plaque or box top
By Joe Preston

This project was inspired by a Victorian document box my son picked up at a store. (That’s the original in the photo.) I really liked the horseshoe and clover “good luck” design, so I recreated it as a pattern to share. You can use it as a plaque, or cut a bottom and sides and build a box. I cut it from Baltic birch plywood, but it would also look great in black walnut or black cherry. Scroll down for the pattern link. Have fun with the project … and good luck!



• Baltic birch plywood or hardwood, 3/8″ (10mm) thick: 11″ x 13″ (27.9cm x 33cm)
• Spray finish

• Blades: #5
• Drill and bits

CLICK HERE to download the Good Luck Fretwork
Note: The pattern is 11″ x 13″ (27.9cm x 33cm). It will print on two pages, which you’ll need to tape together.


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