There Once Was a Card Deck That Lived in a Shoe…

Over fours years ago (wow…time flies) I presented my cut and fold card shoes (Shoe Enough, You Might Find These Handy) you could make from cardstock. Cool and functional and I still have some that I made way back when.

The older cardstock shoe

However, I finally decided to upgrade these to the new media of 3D printing and designed a series of eight different styles to serve a variety of functions on your game table. Like extra dice, draw bags, cubes, and markers, these are what I consider game agnostic “table supplies” that I keep around for use when needed.

I’ve uploaded these to Thingiverse for FREE (Card Deck Holders), under a non-commercial license (sorry folks, you cannot sell them on Etsy — legally). You can however order them from Thingiverse if you want to have them printed for you. Or download the files and print yourself.

These should work with most standard sized sleeved cards. It would be very easy to scale them to accommodate mini cards or larger cards (adjust the X-Y as necessary).

The normal versions are 51mm in height. The “low” variety just over an inch at 30mm. The 51mm easily handles a stack of 72 sleeved cards (with extra room) from Combat Commander: Europe.

Each feature a base/floor that gently slopes toward the back to keep the cards from drifting out

Included are:

  • Front Draw
  • Side Draw (good for Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game and others where one deck can block another.
  • Low Front Draw
  • Low Side Draw

For keeping draw and discard side by side or just overflow of one really big deck like Wingspan or even two separate decks, the “double” models take care of this.

  • Double Front Draw
  • Double Side Draw
  • Low Double Front Draw
  • Low Double Side Draw

The diamond pattern is simply a way to reduce filament usage while keeping structural integrity. Most 3d prints can do a 45 degree overhang without issue. It also makes them a little “lighter” and gives a peek into cards remaining from any angle. Enlarging too wide may stretch this well beyond 45 degrees and require supports, so use caution when modifying.

Technical details: I printed my using a .32mm layer height and 20% infill (only matters on the base). Each “pair” (2 singles or one double) took around four hours to print on my Ender-3 Pro. No supports required and rafts are not necessary.

Hope you find these useful. Please share photos of yours if you do!


Author: klkitchens

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