Minecraft Smithing Table Recipe: How to Craft and Use it

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This post was last updated on September 1, 2023

A smithing table is a unique utility block in Minecraft that upgrades gear and trims armor.

Its main purpose is to convert diamond armor and tools into netherite, although in the upcoming 1.20 update, smithing tables will be able to decorate armor.

In this guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know about smithing tables, how to make them, how to use them, and why you’d even want to think about them.

Minecraft Smithing Table Recipe

What is a Minecraft Smithing Table

A smithing table is a crafting block used for two functions. The primary (and only current) feature, is to upgrade diamond equipment into netherite.

In the 1.20 update, armor trimming will be added to the game – and smithing tables will be the main tool for the trimming process.

Let’s look at these functions in more detail!

Upgrading Diamond Gear to Netherite

Do you remember the days when diamond tools were the best in the game? As of Minecraft v1.14, smithing tables were added to the game, which allowed players to upgrade diamond gear with netherite.

Upgrading gear to netherite gives it a significant boost over its diamond counterparts. Netherite tools are faster, netherite weapons are more deadly, and netherite armor provides you with more protection.

Upgrading diamond equipment is simple, all you need to do is place a diamond tool or armor piece in the gear slot, and stick a netherite ingot into the other. Voila, your gear will be upgraded by the smithing table!

Upgrading a diamond sword to netherite.

When the gear is upgraded, it will retain any enchantments it had previously. Your gear will also stay at the same durability level. For example, if you upgrade a half-broken diamond helmet, you’ll get a half-broken netherite helmet.

Besides the netherite ingot and gear, there are no costs for upgrading.

How to get Netherite Ingots

Netherite ingots can either be found in Bastion Remnant loot chests or crafted.

To craft a netherite ingot, you need four gold ingots and four netherite scraps.

Netherite ingot recipe

Netherite scraps are only found in Bastion Remnant loot chests too. So either way, if you want that sweet netherite gear you’re going to have to buckle up and get prepared to raid a Bastion! Good luck…

Armor Trimming

Added in Minecraft v1.20, smithing tables now have the ability to trim armor. This lets you customize armor with hundreds of different options.

There are 11 different trim patterns, and 10 different trim materials, each with its own color.

The smithing table recipes and trim patterns can be found in various loot chests.

Any armor type can be trimmed with any combination of trim patterns and material.

To trim armor, simply place the armor, material, and smithing template into the smithing table.

Armor Trimming

Here are the different trim materials and respective colors:

  • Amethyst Shards – Purple
  • Copper Ingot – Copper/Brown
  • Diamond – Light blue
  • Emerald – Green
  • Gold Ingot – Yellow/Gold
  • Iron Ingot – Grey
  • Lapis Lazuli – Navy blue
  • Nether Quartz – White
  • Netherite Ingot – Black
  • Redstone Dust – Red

Here are the differnent smithing templates:

  • Coast Armor Trim
  • Dune Armor Trim
  • Eye Armor Trim
  • Netherite Upgrade
  • Rib Armor Trim
  • Sentry Armor Trim
  • Snout Armor Trim
  • Spire Armor Trim
  • Tide Armor Trim
  • Vex Armor Trim
  • Ward Armor Trim
  • Wild Armor Trim

Changing Villager Professions

You can also use a smithing table to train a villager to become a toolsmith. Simply place it down near an untrained villager, and it will become a current job site block. After a few moments, you’ll see some green particles and your villager will become a toolsmith.

Toolsmiths trade various tools for emeralds. At the highest tier, they will even offer powerful tools like enchanted diamond axes

How to Get a Smithing Table in Minecraft

You can either build your own smithing table with a crafting table, or you can find them in villages in survival mode.

Crafting a Smithing Table

Crafting a smithing table is easy and requires only a few items.

Place two iron ingots at the top of the crafting grid, and four planks (of any time) under the ingots.

Smithing table recipe

Crafting a smithing table

Finding a Smithing Table

You can find smithing tables in toolsmith houses in villages. These will typically be accompanied by a toolsmith villager.

You can break smithing tables with any tool, or by hand, but axes are the fastest.


With your new smithing table, you’ll be able to enjoy some netherite gear! After the 1.20 update drops, you’ll also be able to use these to customize your armor with trimming!


What is the Crafting Recipe for a Smithing Table?

A smithing table crafting recipe simply requires two iron ingots and four wood planks. You can see an image of the pattern in the guide above.

Is a Smithing Table Better Than an Anvil?

Smithing tables aren’t better or worse than an anvil, they simply both have different functions.

How Do You Use a Blacksmith Table in Minecraft?

A blacksmith table (or smithing table) is super easy to use. Simply pop your diamond tools or armor in one slot, and a netherite ingot in the other. Then you can pop out some netherite gear!