The grindstone in Minecraft has many uses. It can be used to repair and disenchant items as well as functioning as the job site block for the weaponsmith villager profession. Grindstones have a cheap recipe, requiring only stone and wood, but its uses reflect its easy to obtain material. It is a unique block as once you have acquired some enchanted items that you may not want, it can convert these enchantments into experience.
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You can use any wooden plank and even mix and match the planks and the recipe will still produce a grindstone.
How to Get the Grindstone in Minecraft
There are two ways to get a grindstone. One is to locate a village and take the grindstone from a weaponsmith villager. The other way is to make it yourself.
Grindstones can be found in villages often in generated structures like this one. If you cannot find one through world generation it is not too hard to make one yourself.
How to Use the Grindstone in Minecraft
If your tools are looking worse for wear you can use the grindstone to repair it. Open the grindstone UI by right clicking on a grindstone.
The two squares on the left are for repairing. You can use either when disenchanting. The square on the right is the result, so you can take a look and see if you want the repair or disenchantment to go through or not. Placing two of the same tool will consume both and repair the item equal to the sum of their durability plus 5% of their max durability.
Using a grindstone does not affect regular repairing. Repairing from any crafting menu will add the durabilities of the item plus 5% so the grindstone having this quirk is not that exciting.
The unique part of the grindstone is how it will remove enchantments and give you experience.
Place an enchanted item in either of the squares to the left and it will strip the enchantments off of the item and give you experience once you select the item on the right. The amount of experience you get depends on how many enchantments there were as well as their level.
How to Make the Grindstone in Minecraft
Making a grindstone only requires two wooden planks, two sticks, and one stone slab. Place two sticks on either side and a stone slab in between them. Then place two wooden planks of any kind into the crafting menu below the sticks.
This is the recipe for a grindstone.
A grindstone will not remove curses. You can place an enchanted book with multiple enchantments and a curse on it and remove all the enchantments from it except for the curses.
Repairing an item in a grindstone is just as efficient as doing it in your inventory. Use the grindstone for disenchanting items, repairing items in the grindstone is unnecessary.
Is Grindstone better than the Anvil?
For repairing items, the grindstone does not inflict a penalty like the anvil does. The grindstone also does not run out of durability like the anvil does. Anvils are still a bit better as you can combine enchanted pieces together rather than simply removing them. Anvils are necessary to make perfect enchanted gear as the odds of getting the perfect enchantments on tools or armor is nearly impossible.
How much XP does the Grindstone give?
The grindstone will give you experience depending on the enchantments it removes. The higher level the enchantments, and the higher quantity of enchantments will drop more experience. For example Sharpness I will only grant anywhere from 1-21 experience, but Sharpness V will drop 45-65.