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How to make a Crafting Table in Minecraft

Crafting tables can be described as the backbone of Minecraft. They expand on the small 2x2 crafting menu players have by default and facilitate crafting almost anything in the game. This short and simple guide will tell you everything you need to know about this critical block.

Aside from the wooden planks needed in its recipe, the crafting table is typically one of the first things you will need to create in order to craft an essential survival item, such as a pickaxe.

You can use a crafting table to make anything with a crafting recipe in the game. As of writing, there are around 379 recipes within the game, making it very difficult to advance further without first understanding how the simple crafting table works.

Required Materials to make a Crafting Table:

The required materials to build a crafting table are only 4 wood planks, and these 4 planks don’t even need to be the same type of wood as each other.

If you are unsure, this is how you can craft wood planks:

Simply place 1 piece of wood in your 2x2 default crafting inventory. One block of wood will output 4 wood planks.

Place 1 piece of wood in crafting inventory

How to make a Crafting Table in Minecraft?

To make a Crafting Table in Minecraft:

Step-1. Open your inventory and locate the 2x2 default crafting menu in the right hand corner (as highlighted in image).

Minecraft Inventory Table

Step-2 After this, place four wooden planks in each slot of the 2x2 crafting menu This creates the crafting table.

Place four Wooden Planks Crafting Menu


TIP: You can use any type of wood plank to make crafting table.

Step-3 Now that you have the crafting table made, drag it out from the crafted slot and place it inside of your own inventory.

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Uses for Crafting Tables in Minecraft:

Crafting tables are essential in any complex recipe. This means that anything that requires more than a 2x2 crafting space in its recipe will need the crafting table to be successfully created.

Crafting tables can also rather usefully be used to repair damaged weapons. This is done simply by placing two of the same tools in the crafting table, as shown below.

Crafting Table Repair Damaged Weapons

How to learn Crafting Recipes in Minecraft?

The in game recipe book will teach you many vital recipes to craft a myriad of items & blocks. To access the Minecraft recipe book in game, simply open your inventory and click the green book highlighted below.

Click Green Book in Inventory

After this, you should see a list of recipes in a layout similar to the image below. You can click on any item shown here in order to be given it’s recipe in-game.

List of Recipes in Game

Explainer Video

FAQs on Crafting Table

Q. How do I open the crafting table menu in Minecraft?

To open the crafting table menu, simply place the block down on the ground and interact with it.

Q. What kind of wood planks do you need to make a Crafting table?


In the current state of Minecraft, it doesn’t matter. You can mix & match any 4 wood planks, regardless of their type and still produce a crafting table.

Q. Can I use a Crafting table for fuel in a furnace?

Yes, crafting tables will provide enough fuel to smelt 1.5 items, however it’s extremely inefficient to use crafting tables for this purpose. Coal or even regular wood planks would be far more cost efficient as furnace fuel.

Q. Can Crafting Tables burn in Minecraft?

Interestingly enough, crafting tables are a unique wood based block which can catch on fire, but won’t actually burn; this means they will always survive a raging fire.


Crafting tables in Minecraft are absolutely vital to core gameplay mechanics. You will find it extremely challenging to make it very far in survival mode without crafting one. The crafting table is hence one of the rare staple blocks universally seen within the base of any somewhat serious player.

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