How to make Crafter blocks and self-creation in Minecraft

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    Minecraft users have been talking about automated crafting for years, and Mojang has finally released version 1.21. I’ll explain what the new Crafter block is and how to make and use it.

    How to create the Crafter block

    To make the Minecraft Crafter block, you will need the following materials:

    • 5 iron ingots
    • 2 red stone powder
    • 1 crafting table
    • 1 dropper

    On a crafting table, fill the top three boxes with one iron ingot each. In the middle row, place an iron ingot on the left, the crafting table in the center, and the last iron ingot on the right. To complete the recipe, place the dropper on the bottom row under the crafting table and fill the last two boxes with one Redstone Powder each.

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    Now you can take the Crafter and place it wherever you want. When you place it, the front of the Crafter will be facing you. This is where the finished items will come from if a hopper is not used.

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    How to use the Crafter block in Minecraft for beginners

    A Crafter block must work with Redstone to create anything automatically. In particular, you will need to create a system that constantly supplies Redstone energy to the Crafter. For those unfamiliar with Redstone, I’ll show you how to build a simple repeating circuit with Redstone to power the Crafter. This circuit will only power simpler recipes, such as turning wood into boards or wheat into bread.

    More complex recipes, such as books or shelves, would require a more complex setup to ensure each component goes into the correct slot. This is true even for crafting sticks, because adding wooden planks to the Crafter one by one will simply produce an enormous amount of buttons.

    After the simple circuit tutorial, I will explain how items can be added and removed from the Crafter.

    How to Make a Repeated Redstone Circuit with Crafter

    To power the Crafter, you will need the following items.

    • 2 redstone repeaters
    • 8 red stone
    • 1 redstone torch

    To create a single Redstone Repeater, you will need three stones, 2 Redstone Torches, and 1 Redstone. On the top row, place a Redstone Torch followed by the Redstone Torch and then the final Redstone Torch.

    Next, place a single stone block in each box in the middle row. Make sure to double the recipe to create both repeaters.

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    With the Redstone repeaters at hand, begin creating the Redstone circuit. Start by using two Redstone to create a small path of Redstone Dust extending from the Crafter.

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    Walk to the end of that line and turn to face the rear of the Crafter. Place the first Redstone Repeater at the end of the Redstone Dust line. You must place the Redstone Repeater facing this side so that it is in the correct configuration.

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    Next, place five of the remaining Redstone Dust exactly as shown in the image below. Basically, you are creating a rectangle with the Repeater acting as one of the sides. You will have a Redstone left over, which you can use later.

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    Now we will place the other Redstone Repeater. Like the previous one, the way you place this one is vital for the circuit to work. Stand next to the Crafter, then turn to face the Redstone circuit you’ve been working on. Place the Redstone Repeater in the space between the Redstone dust while facing this direction.

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    With the basic circuit structure complete, place the Redstone Torch next to the Redstone in front of the first Repeater. This will power the circuit.

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    With the circuit on, break the Redstone Torch. The Redstone and repeaters should remain bright red, indicating that they are still working. If not, place the blowtorch and break it again.

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    This last part is the most complicated, which is why we have the additional Redstone. Essentially, you need to quickly break up the Redstone dust that the torch was used on and replace it immediately. This will turn off power to one side of the circuit and then immediately connect it to the powered side. Doing so will cause the Redstone circuit to “pulse” its power continuously.

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    The pulses of the Redstone circuit will constantly apply power to the Crafter. It will work as if you were constantly pressing a button to activate the Crafter manually.

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    If you need a more visual demonstration, I recommend this TikTok by good villager. While it uses the Redstone circuit on a Piston, the process is identical to that needed to operate a Crafter.

    How to automatically add items to a Crafter

    Items can be automatically placed inside the Crafter using a hopper. Place the Crafter one block below and away from the chest. From there, attach the hopper to the Crafter while placing it on the block under the hood. The top of the hopper should be under the hood while its pipe is connected to the Crafter.

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    The materials in the chest will begin to flow through the Hopper and into the Crafter. They will fill the Crafter from top to bottom and left to right. Nothing will happen if the Crafter does not work with Redstone pulses. When this is the case, the Artisan will automatically begin crafting the first recipe that fits your resources as they are placed.

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    If you want to prevent resources from entering certain slots, you can disable them in Crafter. All you need to do is open the Crafter interface and click on the block you want to disable. The block will turn a light gray color that matches the craftsman’s interface. You can disable as many blocks as you need for the recipe you would like to make.

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    In the image below, I unchecked all but two of the boxes because I wanted to create only sticks. While the setup in the image below quickly left me making buttons, adding more tables to the bottom box before launching the Crafter would potentially fix that. At the very least, it would increase the number of sticks drawn before the buttons began.

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    Similarly, you can use a Hopper to transfer crafted items from the Crafter to a chest to prevent them from floating. For more complicated recipes, you can even connect one Crafter to another Crafter.

    Want to explore more of the Tricky Trials update? Check out How to Find and Start Test Chambers in Minecraft here on Pro Gaming Guides.


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