How To Use A Smithing Table In Minecraft

Here is the ultimate guide on how to use a smithing table in Minecraft. Build cool things and enjoy Minecraft smithing!

The smithing table is added in Minecraft as part of the 1.14 Village & Pillage update wherein the main focus is the introduction of pillagers, the subset of illagers who are the aggressive counterpart of villagers, along with a redo of village architecture and villager professions.

The smithing table does not only allow unemployed villagers to switch to the toolsmith profession but it also has a lot to offer, especially for hardcore players and creative geniuses.

This article contains everything you need to know about the smithing table and its multitude of uses in Minecraft.

Let’s get started with the guide!

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How To Make A Smithing Table In Minecraft

Even though smithing table blocks can be found naturally spawning in toolsmith houses within villages, the first thing you have to do is to know how to craft a smithing table in Minecraft.

The materials you will need to craft a smithing table are four wooden planks from any wood type and two iron ingots. These materials will be placed inside a crafting table.

The two iron ingots should be placed on the top row, most commonly at the top left and top center boxes. After which, the four wooden planks should be placed in a 2×2 pattern below the iron ingots.

Basically, the pattern is the same as making a crafting table but with two iron ingots on top. The crafting recipe can also be found below:

Minecraft smithing table crafting recipe

One of the real but easy problems to solve in making a smithing table in Minecraft is getting the materials. Wood can easily be found anywhere as long as you have not spawned in a desert or tundra biome.

Iron ores are also relatively easy to find even if you are just a new Minecraft player. Just look for the nearest cave and more often than not, there would be easy to get iron ores near the entrance of the cave.

Once you get enough iron ores to your liking, the next step is to smelt them in a furnace. The resulting products are iron ingots that are the most versatile item in the game wherein they can be used to craft a lot of things such as, in this case, smithing tables.

How To Use A Smithing Table In Minecraft

As stated earlier, the smithing table has a lot of possible uses in the game. Here are the following uses of the specialty block in the order of most useful to least:

Upgrading Gear

Minecraft Upgrading Gear

One of the main functions of the smithing table is to upgrade the diamond gear to the most powerful, netherite.

The block is intuitively easy to use as well. Like any interactable blocks in Minecraft, you will need to place the smithing table on the ground and right-click it to use it.

After which, an interface will pop up showing slots where you will put the gear (pieces of armor, weapons, and tools) as well as the netherite ingot to upgrade it. The upgrade interface can also be seen below:

Minecraft diamond gear upgrade interface

If you have already scoured the Nether looking for ancient debris to smelt into netherite ingot and you want to upgrade your gear, place the item in the first slot and the netherite ingot in the second slot.

A preview of the upgraded item will be shown on the third slot and once you click it, the upgrade will commence. From there, the upgrade item can then be placed in your inventory for storage or for use.

The achievements Cover Me In Debris and Serious Dedication are possible to obtain using the smithing table.

Cover Me In Debris can be obtained when you upgrade all your diamond armor pieces (helmet, chestplate, leggings, and boots) to their netherite counterpart. In parallel to that, Serious Dedication is obtained when you upgrade a diamond hoe to a netherite hoe.

Villager Profession

Minecraft Villager Profession

Aside from upgrading your gear, another use of the smithing table is to change a villager’s profession from unemployed to a toolsmith. This change will allow the villager to offer up more trading options.

Toolsmith villagers can offer tools such as pickaxes, axes, shovels, hoes, and other stuff in exchange for emeralds among other things.

The smithing table can be used by any villagers to change professions except for the Nitwit villagers which, by design, cannot take on a profession.

Building Decoration (Flooring, Ceiling, And Walls)

A lot of Minecraft players nowadays are very skilled in creating artwork or any creative masterpiece. This is possible by using any available block in the game to build anything even though their main function is not used as long as the colors match or the block design produces beautiful patterns.

With this, the smithing table received a new function because of the players’ creativity. One of the alternative ways to use the workstation is to incorporate it into a creative build as a building material or a decorative block.

One example, as shown by a player in the online Minecraft community, is to use the smithing table as a substitute for a stone flooring of a house, especially when resources are tight but abundant in wood and iron ingots.

This is possible since the workstation has a unique top-view texture that resembles a stone-like material. An example build that uses the smithing table as flooring can be seen below:

Minecraft build using smithing table as flooring

Aside from that, the table can also be a part of a workshop-themed room since smithing equipment can be seen hanging on the wall.  The side texture of the smithing table has tools that are very unique and decorative when used as a part of a wall.

The image below shows the smithing table along with other blocks and wooden planks to see its decorative side texture:

Minecraft smithing table blocks wooden planks showing decorative side texture

The only downside to using smithing tables as building blocks is that you will need to craft a lot of them, especially if you are fond of using these workstations as the flooring or walls of your house.

Making Music

Making Music Minecraft

On the other side of the Minecraft creativity spectrum, the smithing table can also be incorporated into note block and redstone music builds. When a note block is placed on top of a smithing table, the resulting sound produced when you hit the note block is a low drum-like or bass sound.

Other sounds can also be produced by a note block when different blocks are placed underneath it.

Burn As Fuel

Lastly, when desperate times come, each smithing table block can be used to smelt 1.5 items when placed as a fuel source in a furnace according to the Minecraft Wiki.


That’s it! These are all the possible uses of the smithing table in Minecraft.

Remember that you only need 2 iron ingots and 4 pieces of any wooden planks to craft the specific workstation. Aside from that, these workstations can also be found in toolsmith houses in villages to save you the hassle of crafting one when you need to upgrade your gear.

By following this guide, you can now use your smithing tables like a professional! Good luck and have fun!

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