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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 12-20-2009 02:48 AM 8189 reads 16 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am making a number of woodworking Sketchup Textures that will grow over time. I will keep the link here so you can find it.

1) Unzip it into your materials folder, it should leave a folder under materials named Woodworking.

2) The textures include vertical and horizontal textures if the material has an orientation, so that you don’t have to reposition them just for those changes.

3) There are also Finished wood textures, they start with ‘Fin’. There are plywood edge textures that you will probably have to position. The textures without the prefix of ‘Fin’ are supposed to be raw wood.

4) These are seemlessly tiling textures, so dramatic large grain patterns are avoided.

I will try to expand it to include other textures used in woodworking, as well as other wood types. I prefer the type of textures I have made over some that I have seen on the internet, or that can be made use specific programs designed for woodworking textures.

Here is the link to the texture zip file:

Sketchup Woodworking Textures Zip File

And as usual, I accept all suggestions and criticism, so wail away. Also if you would like a particular texture that would be of use to others, or just for your particular need, let me know, and I will create it as time allows. It is usually not a difficult task for me, since I have done a lot of this in another hobby.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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#1 posted 12-20-2009 05:37 AM

nice collection, thanks for sharing :)

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 05:39 AM

I agree, thanks.

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 05:46 AM

Very nice, thanks for posting this.

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 06:37 AM

Excellent. Thank you!

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 07:32 AM

Thanks Jim… good instructions too. Woks great.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 11:59 AM

I downloaded the files, but it said I would need a program to open them. Is that Sketchup? I’m not very good with computers. Also, thanks to Dave for the tip on Vert./horiz. orientation. Thanks for making these available Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 01:54 PM

Thanks Jim, nice of you to share.

Mike, I think you will need a program to unzip the file.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 09:30 PM

Mike
If you right click a zip file, in Windows XP, Vista, etc you should get a context menu that will include extract, to extract the files. The key is to place the files such that they are in a folder under materials and I named the folder WoodWorking. The address for the folder would be something like this:

C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp 7\Materials\WoodWorking

and inside that folder should be all the material files in that zip file. I have trouble explaining placing files to others, because my computers are set up to look like old Windows 95, because I do so much file manipulation, and do some programming that manipulates files directly. Send me a PM if you are still having difficulty.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 12-20-2009 09:37 PM

All
It seems as though you find these useful, so I will maintain this file, and post when I add new textures. I didn’t know if others would like these or not. As Dave noted, if you want individual looking boards with unique grain, or a highly figured large surface, for instance, then these will not do that. There are some resources for those out there on the net. These are meant for everyday use, they are small in size, so they won’t bog down your computer much, and are easy to use so they invite use in quick and dirty projects.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 07:13 PM

Can I use these with SketchUp 7 on an Intel Mac?

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 07:25 PM

Thanks Dave, and thank you Jim for sharing these textures.

I’m rapidly becoming a SketchUp zealot!

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#12 posted 01-06-2010 07:55 PM

Oops, the Mac doesn’t want to deal with those .skm files.

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#13 posted 01-06-2010 08:14 PM

Thanks Dave.

Simultaneously, probably while you were typing your reply, I went to the SketchUp Help site and found the same directions. As soon as I got Jim’s “Woodworking” folder into ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp, the program recognized them. However, I did have to close and then restart SketchUp for that to happen.

This is really cool! Thanks for your due diligence.

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#14 posted 01-06-2010 09:13 PM

DaveR
Thanks for your help with the texture files Dave. I am off to Hawaii tomorrow, but I think we have internet at the condo we are renting. It’s the same one we rented last year and they had it. I have one project I am diddling around with, and will probably do some Sketchup stuff at odd moments, so you might hear from me. Hope all is well for the New Year….........

JKC
Looks like Dave got you squared away, hope you find the textures useful. If I have time, I may increase the number when I am in Hawaii. I like to do easy computer stuff early in the morning there. Making the textures is something I am used to, and it is kinda fun. Whenever I change the file I will post it with a blog entry.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 01-07-2010 03:58 AM

Dave, I just downloaded the texture file and installed on my Mac, and it works great!! Thanks for developing this, its is a excellent addition to sketchup.

Pasul

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