Wood textures for Sketchup are pretty limited by default (they’re called materials in Sketchup Land), and if you spend a lot of time in the program you’ll soon be bored and annoyed with them. The limited variety makes it difficult to add visual appeal to your drawings that accurately represents your work. Sketchup is great at conveying shape and dimensions, but not so much a wood grain finish.
Fortunately someone took the time to make a pretty decent library of wood textures (ahem… materials) for Sketchup. You can download them at the Sketchup 3D Warehouse. I did not create them. A user named Edward F., converted them to the most recent Sketchup format and uploaded them to the Sketchup Warehouse. Alan Bennet at sawdustroad.com created the originals. Thanks to both for making Sketchup even better for woodworkers!
It’s important to follow the instructions to load them into Sketchup. If you have trouble, feel free to ask for help!
Wood Textures for Sketchup 2014 or Above
The instructions on the page above are for older versions of Sketchup. If you’re using a newer version (2014 or higher), follow these instructions to add wood textures for Sketchup:
- Download the file from the Sketchup Warehouse.
- Go to File > Open and select the SKP file you just downloaded. If you get a message about the file being created in an older version of Sketchup, just press OK.
- If it’s not already open, show the Materials window by selecting Window > Materials.
- There is a drop down menu that lets you select Materials collections. Click the dropdown menu and select In Model.
- Click the Details button (the arrow next to the drop down menu you just clicked), and select Save Collection As…
- You’ll be asked to browse to a folder. Select your My Documents Folder, then click Make New Folder and name it “Wood Species”, or whatever you want your new Materials Collection to be called.
More Wood Textures for Sketchup
As I find them, I’ll post additional wood textures for Sketchup here.