How to make a Shovel in Minecraft

While the shovel isn't a super necessary tool right away, it will certainly help you quite a bit when you're shaping land for various projects. You'll also run into gravel and dirt as you mine, which the shovel will make fast work of! If you want to learn how to create this useful tool, we're going through a step-by-step look at the process in this tutorial.

How to make a Shovel

Time needed: 5 minutes.

To make an Shovel in Minecraft, we'll just need to gather some wood, make some planks, sticks, and then put it all together! We'll show you exactly how to do that in the steps below.

  1. Gather Logs

    If you've already gotten yourself an Axe, then you can chop down some trees and skip some of these steps. However, if you're just starting out, then it's time to punch! Find just about any tree that is nearby and gather some logs from it by punching or chopping.

  2. Make Wood Planks

    Open up your inventory and place the wood logs into the crafting area. Each log will create four planks, and we'll need seven in total if you don't have a Crafting Table already.

  3. Make a Crafting Table

    Take four of your planks and fill up the crafting space in your inventory. This will give us a Crafting Table!

  4. Make Sticks

    Now we're going to two sticks. Place two wood planks into your Crafting Table or crafting area in your inventory. Stack the planks on top of each other to get four sticks!Crafting recipe for sticks

  5. Create the Shovel

    We have all the ingredients we need, so we just need to put it all together. If you haven't already, place your Crafting Table on the ground somewhere (you can pick it up again by punching or hitting it with a tool). Open it up and place two sticks starting at the bottom up the middle. Then take one of the wood planks and place it at the top middle!Crafting recipe for a shovel

That's everything you need to know to make a basic wooden shovel! You will want to get a Pickaxe and get some cobblestone pretty quickly and upgrade to a stone shovel. This has more durability and works faster! You can also eventually go on to make an iron, gold, diamond or even netherite shovel as you get further into the game!

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