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How to make Minecraft grindstone

Learn the Minecraft grindstone recipe so you can make your own, and how to use it to forge new items that last longer thanks to their increased durability.


What is the Minecraft grindstone recipe? They are blocks that naturally generate in villages, specifically in the blacksmiths. To use a Minecraft grindstone, you’ll need to combine two items of the same type, forging a new item with the combined durability plus 5% up to the maximum durability of that specific item type. This consumes both items in the process, and all enchantments are removed, returning the enchantment cost to you as handy experience points.

You can also use a Minecraft grindstone to remove all non-curse enchantments from a single item. Place your enchanted item in either input slot, and it will disenchant. The grindstone will also remove any prior work penalty from items, except cursed items. It’s all quite simple once you know what you’re doing. So if you need to tinker with your items quickly, here’s a guide to crafting a Minecraft grindstone and how it differs from a Minecraft anvil and enchanting table.

Minecraft grindstone recipe - the recipe for crafting a Minecraft grindstone. It requires two planks, two sticks, and a stone slab.

How to make a Minecraft grindstone

To make a Minecraft grindstone, place the two sticks in the left and right corners of the top row at the crafting table, with the stone slab in the middle of the top row, and then place the two planks in the left and right of the middle row.

Here is the ingredient list for the Minecraft grindstone recipe.

  • 2 x sticks
  • 2 x wooden planks
  • 1 x stone slab

If you haven’t used stone slabs before, you can create these using cobblestones in a Minecraft blast furnace.

Minecraft grindstone uses

Grindstones are incredibly useful if you want to earn experience points without much work. Disenchant unwanted books and enchanted drops to receive experience points – you can breeze through the levels with this technique, depending on how many books and enchanted items you have to disenchant.

Minecraft grindstone recipe - Using an enchanted helmet in a Minecraft grindstone with a damaged unenchanted helmet to make a new helmet.

Minecraft grindstone vs anvil

An anvil will repair your items, but you can also combine enchantments and rename items, so if you want enchantments to remain, we recommend using an anvil. If you want to enchant away and don’t need to repair your items, the best tool for the job is an enchantment table.

And that’s how to make a Minecraft grindstone. If you want somewhere to store your shiny new grindstone, check out these cool Minecraft house ideas and Minecraft farm designs, as well as the best Minecraft seeds to find a Minecraft village for your repairing needs. Read our Minecraft ideas guide to be inspired by incredible designs if you’re entirely out of ideas. You can also check out the Minecraft 1.20 update to see everything coming soon.