Crafting Tutorial for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5

Crafting is one of the most important things players do in Minecraft. Crafting allows players to turn blocks and resources into something useful. The system is very easy to understand, although learning all of the recipes can take some time.

In order to craft something, players simply drag an item from their inventory into the crafting window. By default, the inventory crafting window features a 2×2 grid, allowing players to create a pattern involving up to four different types of blocks.

Crafting 2x2 Grid

Using a special crafting table, however, players will find a 3×3 grid that opens up a wider variety of crafting options.

After opening a crafting window, players must place blocks in a specific arrangement called a ‘pattern’. Some recipes require complex patterns with specific materials placed in each square of the grid, while others simply require two blocks to be placed one on top of the other in the crafting window.This is why Minecraft recipes do not simply list the ingredients used to craft an item. Instead, most recipes will simply include a picture of the crafting window and the pattern used to create that recipe. Players can easily replicate that pattern in their own game to create any item.

In general, only simple items can be crafted using the 2×2 grid. Those items include things like wooden planks and sticks. Once players are ready to create more advanced items, they can craft a crafting table in their 2×2 grid and then use that to create new items.

Item durability and crafting

Some items have a durability rating. Players can only use each crafted item a certain number of times before it breaks down. Some items are stronger than others. For example, diamond tools will last much longer than tools made of wood.

When you look at a crafted item, you’ll notice a durability rating. This shows how many more times an item can be used before it will break down. This durability meter will only go down if the player attacks a mob or breaks a block completely apart (hitting a block without breaking it will not degrade a tool). Breakable items include armor, tools, and weapons.

Players also have to be careful about which items they use for which tasks. For example, using an axe to dig through stone will be inefficient. As a result, its durability will decrease by two points for every stone block broken. This also occurs when fighting a mob with a shovel instead of a sword, among other things.

Here are the durability ratings for each material:

-Wooden crafted items – 60 uses

-Stone crafted items – 132 uses

-Iron crafted items – 251 uses

-Gold crafted items – 33 uses

-Diamond crafted items – 1562 uses

The interesting thing about gold is that, although it features a lower durability rating, gold tools will work more quickly, which means they will break apart blocks in a shorter period of time.

When crafting armor, the durability rating has no effect on the protectiveness of the armor. Instead, the qualifying factor is the material used to craft the armor. As armor is used, its protective rating stays constant but its durability will degrade.

Complete recipe list

Follow the links to the recipes you would like to view.

Basic recipes (Wooden planks, Sticks, Torches, Crafting Table, Furnace and Chest)

Block recipes (Ore Blocks, Glowstone, Wool, TNT, Wood Slabs, Stone Slabs, Wood Stairs, Stone Stairs, Snow Block, Clay Block, Brick, Stone Brick, Bookshelf, Sandstone, Smooth Sandstone, Decorative Sandstone, Jack-O-Lantern and Ender Chest)

Tool recipes (Axes, Pickaxes, Shovels, Hoes, Flint & Steel, Buckets, Compass, Map, Clock, Fishing Rod, Shears and Fire Charge)

Weapon recipes (Swords, Bows and Arrows)

Armor recipes (Helmets, Chestplates, Leggings and Boots)

Transportation recipes (Mine Cart, Powered Mine Cart, Storage Mine Cart, Rails, Powered Rail, Detector Rail and Boat)

Mechanism recipes (Doors, Trap Doors, Pressure Plates, Stone Button, Redstone Torch, Lever, Tripwire Hook, Note Block, Jukebox, Dispenser, Redstone Repeater, Piston, Sticky Piston and Redstone Lamp)

Food recipes (Bowls, Mushroom Stew, Bread, Sugar, Cake, Cookie, Golden Apple, Enchanted Golden Apple, Melon Block, Melon Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds)

Miscellaneous recipes (Minerals, Painting, Sign, Ladders, Glass Pane, Iron Bars,  Paper, Book, Fences, Beds, Gold Ingots and Eye of Ender)

Dye recipes (Bone Meal, Light Gray Dye, Gray Dye, Rose Red, Orange Dye, Dandelion Yellow, Lime Dye, Light Blue Dye, Cyan Dye, Purple Dye, Magenta Dye and Pink Dye)

Wool recipes (Glass Bottle, Cauldron, Brewing Stand, Blaze Powerder, Magma Cream, Fermented Spider, Glistering Melon, Gold Nugget, Enchantment Table)

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