Thanksgiving 2020 3D Prints

My birthday is on Thanksgiving this year. This is something I didn’t enjoy at all in the past. There were usually no events I wanted to attend as many places were closed. I don’t recall ever blowing out birthday candles on Thanksgiving. Anyway, it doesn’t matter this year. I have learned to see Thanksgiving as a day to celebrate being thankful. Instead of thinking of all the things I can’t do, I have decided to be thankful about all the things I can do.

One of the things I can do is print things on my 3D printer. I gathered a few 3d models from around the web and added a few models I designed myself for this special occasion. One model is a scalable Horn of Plenty as I feel abundance is a universal gift, visible to those with open minds.

I wish you a happy day of being thankful on November 26!

Cookie Cutter Set

I increased the size of three of these Cookie Cutter models to 1.2%. They were designed by TeamOliva and come in a set as a free download on Thingiverse. I think they would be good for hand pies too.

Link to Creative Commons License.


Admittedly, metallic gray does not suggest bounty from the earth; however it was the one plentiful filament I had that was not assigned to another project. A little putty and some paint will have it looking perfect by Thanksgiving 2021.

The free model is available on PrusaPrinters.


The photograph on the right, from Midwest Living, inspired the creation of these candlesticks. I loved the idea of replacing candles with squash. I thought it was the epitome of simple elegance. I did not have time to search antique stores as suggested in the photo description, so I created digital models and printed them.

35 Ideas for Easy Thanksgiving Decorating

The 3d print models are available from my store 3D And Dowel.

Retro Candlesticks by Sandra James

Tic Tac Pumpkin

This looked to be a fun set to have when waiting for food to arrive at the table. The small pieces are stored loosely within the hollow of the pumpkin, even though they are stackable. I scratched my head a little, trying to figure out the reason, but the good thing is that it is a free model that can be redesigned if so desired.

This model was designed by Craeen and is available on Thingiverse. Link to Creative Commons License.


There is nothing particularly Thanksgiving related about this nutcracker. I needed one to crack the nuts I purchased for the harvest display and I wondered how well this design works. As you can see from the photo above, it cracks hazelnuts. It is much more efficient than using the bending metal crackers. Exploding shell bits are fairly well contained.

This model was made by Design5 from Cults. Link to model.

Novelty Shelving Unit

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The novelty of this shelving unit is that it was made without using any screws or glue. When it’s pushed, it wavers, but items do not fall off unless they were already unsteady. The video above shows me pushing the unit with glass milk bottles on the top shelf. The bottles did not fall off.

This shelving unit happened incidentally. My original intention was to make a dividing screen for the living area in my apartment. I was passing a billboard while riding a bus during the Fall and it gave me the idea to use a spiral shape for the feet. I don’t remember what I saw on the billboard, but I remember thinking, “Hey! Spirals can wobble without falling. That should work.”

Later, I modeled spiral feet to fit 1/4″ dowels and connectors to link sets together. I tested the feet, dowels, and connectors setup by placing different weights of fabric on top. I found that the setup was only stable with chiffon weight fabrics. Chiffon was too sheer for my purposes and I abandoned the idea of making a divider with the setup.3D printed Quarter Inch Dowel Caps

Bin project

Bin project

I needed a bin to store leftover wood pieces and thought the spiral feet, dowels, and connectors may work. I purchased a wood plaque from Micheal’s and drilled holes at the corners. Something was required to hold connectors at different heights. I felt I could not depend on small screws to bind connectors to the 1/4″ dowels and came up with the idea of tubes. I put a bin together with the tubes and it held just long enough to post a photograph on Instagram. Another failure. By the way, the wood plaque found a home as a small table, along with maple dowels, for holding my humidifier.

The leaning of the dowels in the bin project reminded me of the cabinet project. I used the same dowel size in that project and the cabinet swayed to one side. The shelf provided stability for the portion it connected and I realized cross sections were needed every 8 or 9 inches to prevent swaying. I was able to salvage a shorter cabinet from the taller cabinet and it has supported my printer/copier for months. I decided to apply this lesson to the feet, dowels, and connectors setup. The tubes were doing a good job of keeping the connectors in position. I figured they would do the same with wood shelves and they did.

Wood plaque table

Wood Plaque Table

One thing I realized was that the 3D printed tubes could be substituted with vinyl tubing or any sturdy material having an inner diameter of 1/4″. The green shelving unit was made with vinyl tubes. The tubes were difficult to put on until I was 90% finished and discovered I could warm the plastic a little with my hands. When warmed, the tube was easier to stretch and straighten.

I adore my shelving units! I use them to hold electronics, plastic bins, and knick knacks. Files for the 3D parts are available for free on Thingiverse. An Instructable shows how to make one.