How to Make Sticks and Wooden Tools in Minecraft - dummies

How to Make Sticks and Wooden Tools in Minecraft

By Jesse Stay, Thomas Stay, Jacob Cordeiro

Sticks and wooden tools in Minecraft set you on your way to obtaining many useful items. As a new player, you have limited access to more powerful and durable resources like stone, so sticks are going to be your best friend. As recommended in Survival mode, players often start their path to survival by punching trees, or harvesting wooden planks. This allows you to start building items that are critical to your safety and progression in the game.

How to Craft and Use Sticks

Learning how to make sticks in Minecraft is important and easy, since the crafting recipe only requires easily-accessible ingredients. To create a stick, simply put two vertically adjacent planks into the crafting grid. Four sticks are created for every two planks.

Sticks have no use on their own, but you can use them to craft a variety of other items. By arranging sticks and planks on a crafting table, you can create wooden tools. Tools are used for breaking blocks and fighting quickly and effectively, and although wooden tools break easily and work slowly, they provide a good start.

Important Wooden Tools

Here’s a rundown of most important wooden tools to create:

  • Wooden pickaxe: You use this item to mine stone-based blocks. (If you try to break stone by hand, it takes a long time and doesn’t even drop an item.)

    Often, a pickaxe is the only wooden tool you need. Any stone-based blocks you break while the pickaxe is selected break faster, so keep it in the bottom row of the inventory for quick access. Breaking stone blocks with a pickaxe provides cobblestone, which is used for stone-based products.

  • Wooden axe: Break wood-based blocks faster.

  • Wooden shovel: Break granulated blocks faster, such as dirt, sand, and gravel.

  • Wooden hoe: Till dirt or grass for farming wheat, carrots, potatoes, melons, and pumpkins.

  • Wooden sword: Deal extra damage to enemies while this item is selected. Learn how to make Minecraft weapons.

When you use a tool, a green bar representing durability appears under the tool; the durability slowly depletes as you continue to use the tool. When the meter runs out, the tool breaks, and you have to craft a new one.

minecraft woooden weapons and durability

Only a pickaxe and sword are necessary for the first day. Other tools can be crafted after you discover stone.

All Minecraft Items Made From Sticks

For the full list of wooden tools, weapons, construction materials, and more that can be crafted or found in the game, check out our in-depth chart below. It’s important to learn how to make sticks in Minecraft, as outlined above, because many of these more advanced items require sticks, logs, or wooden planks to be created, so start harvesting trees early on!

Wooden Items in Minecraft
Item How to Obtain It Description
Boat Crafted from 5 planks Right-click some water in which to put your boat, and then
right-click the boat to hop in! Press the W,A,S,D keys to drive,
and inflict damage on the boat to break it and use it again
Bowl Crafted from 3 planks (makes 4) The bowl holds mushroom stew.
Chest Crafted from 8 planks The storage unit can hold 27 stacks of items. Place two chests
next to each other to form a double chest, which can store 54
Crafting table Crafted from 4 planks Right-click this item to open the expanded crafting grid.
Fence Crafted from 6 sticks (makes 2) Its posts are decorative blocks that automatically connect to
adjacent blocks or fences. Though you can still place blocks on top
of fences, you cannot jump over them.
Fence gate Crafted from 2 planks, 4 sticks Click to open and close its sideways latch. It connects to, and
acts like, the fence.
Ladder Crafted from 7 sticks (makes 3) Ladders can be placed on walls, and you can climb ladders by
simply moving toward them. Hold the Shift key to hang on a
Log Found on trees Wooden logs come in six textures, used for crafting. You can
place logs on walls to make them appear sideways.
Sign Crafted from 6 planks, 1 stick (makes 3) When you place this item on a wall, or at any angle on the
ground, a screen appears on which you can write.
Stick Crafted from 2 planks (makes 4) Make it with wooden planks for more crafting recipes.
Trap door Crafted from 6 planks (makes 2) Place this hatch on the side of a block. Click the hatch to
open or close it.
Wooden axe Crafted from 2 sticks, 3 planks A weak axe, it makes lumberjacking somewhat quicker.
Wooden button Crafted from 1 plank This simple item provides power when you click it or hit it
with an arrow.
Wooden door Crafted from 6 planks (makes 3) This tall block can be opened and closed when you click it. It
has six different variants, all crafted from their respective wood
types. Zombies can destroy it.
Wooden hoe Crafted from 2 sticks, 2 planks The easily broken garden tool is helpful for starting a small
farm at a low cost.
Wooden pickaxe Crafted from 2 sticks, 3 planks This weak pickaxe is the most basic tool for breaking stone
blocks. It’s your ticket to the next age.
Wooden plank Crafted from 1 log (makes 4) This basis for wooden items is a useful building material. Its
texture depends on which logs were used to make it.
Wooden pressure plate Crafted from 2 planks It provides power when anything lands on it.
Wooden shovel Crafted from 2 sticks, 1 plank The weakest shovel in the game is a cheap one.
Wooden slab Crafted from 3 planks (makes 6) Walk up and down this decorative block without jumping. Stack
the slabs on top of each other, and place them as either ceilings
or floors.
Wooden stair Crafted from 6 planks (makes 4) The wooden stair allows for denser stairwells and can be placed
upside-down on ceilings, like the slab.
Note: Stairs are always placed facing you.
Wooden sword Crafted from 1 stick, 2 planks A brittle, basic sword that increases the damage you inflict;
it’s a good go-to weapon for new players.