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How to make a Grindstone in Minecraft

If you would like to do something with the accumulated enchanted items you have obtained you can turn them into XP with a grindstone. The grindstone is a cheap recipe that can be used as a job block for villagers or placed in a crafting area to help tie a room together. Grindstones can also be used to repair tools.

Required Materials for Grindstone

- Two Sticks

- Two Wooden Planks

- One stone slab

- Crafting Table

The recipe for a grindstone calls for two sticks which can be made in abundance by chopping down trees.

You can use any two types of wooden planks for this recipe. You can even mix and match the type of wood you use in the recipe. The grindstone will always look the same regardless of the type of wood you use.

One stone slab is needed to make a grindstone. It has to be a stone slab. You cannot use a cobblestone slab or a smooth stone slab.

Finally, you will need the 3x3 crafting grid of a crafting table to make a grindstone.

How to make a Grindstone in Minecraft?

Start by gathering some cobblestone. Take a pickaxe and break some nearby stone to get cobblestone.

Using a pickaxe to break some nearby stone to get cobblestone in Minecraft

Take your cobblestone and place it into a furnace to make regular stone. Wait for it to finish cooking. You will need at least three regular stone pieces to make stone slabs.

Crafting stone in Minecraft


While your stone is cooking, chop down some trees. Turn your logs into planks and save at least two of them. Turn some wooden planks into sticks by placing them in your crafting menu.

Crafting Stick

Turn your stone into stone slabs by placing them in a row in a crafting table.

Crafting Stone Slab

Place a stone slab in the middle. Put two sticks on either side of the stone slab and place two wooden planks below the sticks. It does not matter which type of plank you use to make the grindstone.

Crafting Grindstone in Minecraft

That’s it! Your grindstone is ready for use.

How does a Grindstone work?

Place your grindstone down and right click to open its UI.

Grindstone UI in Minecraft

You will see two slots at the left and the right slot will show you what you will get. Placing two of the same tool will repair the item. Both items in the left slots will be consumed when you click the resulting tool.

Crafting Iron Pickaxe in Minecraft

You can also place any enchanted book or tool into the grindstone to get the regular base item. This will remove any enchantments, except for curses, and give you some XP.

Crafting a book in Minecraft

This can be useful for turning any useless book into XP or for removing the level penalty on a tool. If you did not know, every time a tool is used in an anvil for combining enchantments or repairs, the next time you do so will cost more levels. A grindstone will remove every enchantment and also reset this level penalty.



What does a Grindstone do to a villager?


A grindstone is a job block that will give the weaponsmith profession to an unassigned villager. Any unassigned villager will seek out nearby job blocks to find a profession. Weaponsmiths will buy coal for emeralds and at the higher levels of job profession sell enchanted diamond axes and swords.

Why does a Grindstone have 2 slots?

Grindstones can be used to repair tools. This is a relatively useless effect of the grindstone because you can repair tools without a grindstone to begin with. Repairing a tool requires two of the same kind. The resulting tool will be repaired with a little more durability than the sum of the two tools. Grindstones allow you to repair enchanted items with the same tool, but the enchantment will be removed.

Do Grindstones give XP?

Grindstones will only give XP if you placed an enchanted item during repair or disenchanting. Higher level requirement enchantments will drop more XP. Grindstones do not remove curses and you cannot gain XP from a cursed item.


Congratulations! You now have a villager job block that can turn any unassigned villager into a weaponsmith. Grindstones can also be used as a way to gain many levels if you have a lot of unused enchanted weapons, tools, armor, or books. They are relatively cheap to make and can be used to gain a lot of experience.

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