Thorsen Sketchup Textures - Eureka!

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Project by Thomas Porter posted 04-05-2007 08:01 AM 43653 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a great site that has some high resolution wood textures that I’ve been using in sketchup. If you go download my thoreson sketchup plan I made for you guys in my projects and just copy and paste it a few times like I did in this picture, you can mix and match woods up how you like and see how they look in 3d first. Here’s the site:

Just download whatever texture you want and in Sketchup make a new “list” in your materials panel called “User” or whatever. Then, select color and choose “new texture”. Import the file that you downloaded and it should automatically size it just fine. Hit okay and you should be good to go. You can apply it to any surface. Just a hint…. you can use this same process by taking a picture of wood with your digital camera and then importing it the same way.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 04-05-2007 12:31 PM

very cool—- really gives you an idea of the different looks you can create.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-05-2007 01:27 PM

Nice find…reminds me I need to post all the links I have to sites like this. There are literally 1,000’s of them out.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 04-05-2007 02:03 PM

Oh the options abound! This will really help narrow down wood selection, what a great tool to save time and lumber!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 04-05-2007 03:48 PM

Thanks for the link. The wood textures that come with sketchup are limited. Your link has a ton.

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#5 posted 04-05-2007 04:49 PM

Very cool Thomas. With all the Sketch-Up items popping up, looks like we need to create that Forum for Sketch-Up.

I agree with Scott, this will help identify how you want the table to look. What a great help.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 04-05-2007 07:44 PM

Great find! Thanks for the link. This helps me double, since it’s in German. Now I might be a little more able to communicate with my hardwoods supplier here (I moved to Germany last spring/summer).

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#7 posted 07-27-2007 03:47 PM

Hi Thomas Porter, nice blog you have.
Thanks for the link to the textures.
I had about 30 self scanned species of wood for rendering.
I found that scanning in a flat bed works better than a digital photo, but It is a lot of work.
My computer took a dump and I lost them.
This will save me alot of time.
I brought a few into my MTD6.0 and rendered a few patterns I designed.
Excellent! On real photo raytrace the renderings actually look real!

-- Normite Lou

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 05:28 AM

This is a great find! I’ve been looking for other ways to add more reality to my Sketchup designs. Thanks!

-- -- JR

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#9 posted 09-27-2009 09:00 PM

Thanks, good link.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#10 posted 01-26-2010 09:07 PM

Here is another link to a site with great pictures of exotic woods that can be used the same way.

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 06:47 PM

Nice resource! I’ve found that has lots of great wood textures for use in Sketchup.

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