Left image is the player making a crafting table in their inventory and the right image is a crafting table placed on the ground. There is a red arrow pointing from the left image to the right.

How to Make a Crafting Table in Minecraft

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To make the majority of items in Minecraft, you’re going to need a Crafting Table. You can make this utility block from one of the most basic resources in the game: wood. Assembling one doesn’t even require tools!

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    What You Need to Make a Crafting Table

    Making a crafting table by using 4 wood planks in the inventory crafting menu.

    All that you need to make a Crafting Table is 4 Wood Planks. Place these 4 planks in your inventory crafting grid and you will get a Crafting Table. You can use any kind of Wood Planks to make a Crafting Table. Furthermore, you can even use different types of Wood Planks in this same crafting recipe. For example, you can use both Oak Planks and Spruce Planks together to make a Crafting Table.

    How to Get Wood Planks

    Wood Planks can be made from Wood Logs. Wood Logs can be gathered from breaking the trunks of trees, which will drop as Wood Logs themselves. You don’t need any tools to get Wood Logs as drops from trees, punching them will work just fine.

    By placing Wood Logs as a single stack into your inventory’s crafting grid, you can craft them into Wood Planks. For every 1 Wood Log converted this way, you will get 4 Wood Planks.

    Where to Find a Naturally-generated Crafting Table

    On occasion, you can stumble across Crafting Tables in naturally-generated structures. Here’s a list of all such structures that can potentially house a Crafting Table:

    • Igloos
    • Pillage Outposts
    • Villager Houses
    • Witch Huts
    • Woolen Tents

    How to Use a Crafting Table

    A crafting table in the corner. It is brown and has some tools on its side.

    You can interact with a Crafting Table after placing it anywhere. As long as you can reach it, you can use a Crafting Table that’s placed anywhere, even on the ceiling above you. When you use a Crafting Table, you will see a 3×3 grid that you can put items into for various crafting recipes. It’s useful to learn a few of the more basic ones, such as important tools.

    About the Recipe Book

    However, there is also a Recipe Book that you can use for an easier time learning crafting recipes. This Recipe Book is available every time that you use a Crafting Table. You can open it by selecting the green book icon as well as with the hotkey or mapped button indicated by the game. The key or button shortcut for the Recipe Book will differ depending on the platform you’re playing on.

    There are different tabs in the Recipe Book that you can use to search for particular crafting recipes based on their category. The tabs of your Crafting Table’s Recipe Book will be arranged into 5 tabs:

    • Construction Materials (represented by a brick wall)
    • Tools and Armor (represented by a sword and a helmet)
    • Miscellaneous (represented by a bed)
    • Nature (represented by a flower on some dirt)
    • Everything else (represented by a magnifying glass)

    You can also search for items by typing keywords into the search bar. For example, if you wanted to look up the crafting recipe for a Redstone Torch, you can type in the name of the item to bring up the crafting recipe. Additionally, you can also search for items by using parts of their item name. Using the same example as before, if searching for the recipe for Redstone Torches, you can type in either “Redstone” or “Torch” and the Recipe Book will show you the desired recipe along with a few others of similar nature.