Smooth stone was introduced to the game in the 2018 Bedrock Edition and is used for constructing buildings in Minecraft. But with the huge range of blocks in Minecraft, it can be hard to know where to look. So how do you make smooth stones in Minecraft?
You’ll need to put stone in a furnace along with a fuel source such as coal, and you will get one piece of smooth stone for every piece of cobble.
Let’s look at how this process works in Minecraft, as well as go through all the steps needed to get you producing loads of smooth stones in no time.
Editor’s note: This guide has been updated to reflect the current state of the game and crafting mechanics, this is still the way to make a smooth stone in Minecraft.
How To Get Smooth Stone in Minecraft
Smooth stone is pretty straightforward to obtain and also is not a very involved process when compared to other blocks or building materials.
Smooth stones can be found in the Snowy Tundra biomes. Start looking near the Butcher’s house for the best chances to find it. It can also be found inside some houses in other areas such as savanna, plains, and snowy plains villages.
From Mason’s chest in a village, you can expect approximately a 20.8% drop rate when looting these items.
You’ll need a stone or iron pickaxe if you want to get the smooth stone as this block is really solid, requiring some extended mining time. If mining is not your thing, going the looting method as described above is a good substitute, but you should really just get the tool.
You’re also going to need a furnace to construct smooth stone, as well as mining the appropriate materials, which generally are cobblestone and coal. These can be constructed out of cobblestone as well, so get ready to be doing some mining for this material.
Getting the Materials
You’re going to need eight cobblestones to construct the furnace. These can be mined from certain areas, or you could consider building a cobblestone generator.
Cobblestone generators are another way to get lots of cobblestone by creating a trench that is four blocks wide and one block deep. There is a great guide you can follow in this Youtube video here, but I’ll lay out the basic technique here.
Use your tool to make one block of the trench another block deep, one block in from the side like shown in this image, keep in mind I haven’t put the fourth block in here yet.
Then you can pour the water in, causing it to flow down into the hole. At this point, you should have water over two blocks, the very edge block and the one next to it, which should be the extra block deeper.
Leave a block gap, and then put lava in on the opposite side. If done correctly, the cobblestone will form between the lava and the deeper block that has the water flowing down.
Unfortunately, this design can cause the mined cobblestone to fall into the water, so there are some more advanced designs that reduce this from happening.
If the generator is not your thing, then make an efficient four or five diamond pickaxe and then mine stone by digging.
You can further improve this process by creating a beacon with haste two, which will allow you to almost instantly mine stone.
As long as you are under the effect of haste as shown by the yellow pick icon on your screen, you will mine much faster. Instructions for making a beacon can be found here.
Building a Furnace
The next step is to build your furnace, and you’ll need to arrange your eight pieces of cobblestone in a pattern going around the edges of the crafting table. There will be a single empty space in the center of the three-by-three grid if done properly.
Crafting tables are made out of planks, so use any tool or an ax if you’re impatient, and arrange four planks in a block in the crafting area, and then the crafting table should appear on the right.
Crafting tables are naturally generated in certain areas such as witch huts, village houses, and the basement of igloos. You can also find them in woolen tents near outposts.
Once you’ve got your furnace, you’re going to need some additional cobblestone to create the smooth stone, along with some coal. Coal is generally going to be found near the cobblestone, and it just looks like stone with dark specks in it.
Open up the furnace, place cobblestone in the top slot of the furnace, and then add coal down the bottom. The formula is that for every cobble you put in, you’ll get one stone.
Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the process, as smooth stone takes another go in the furnace, so you’ll have to put the stone back in the oven and add more coal to finally produce the smooth stone.
How To Get Smooth Stone Slabs in Minecraft?
If you’ve been able to make some smooth stone, making smooth stone slabs should be a breeze. Open up your crafting table again and place at least three smooth stones to make these slabs.
Line up the three smooth stone blocks in a horizontal row in the crafting grid, and you’ll get six polished smooth stone slabs. Keep in mind that slabs won’t form into a single block when stacked on top of each other.
This gives you slightly more flexibility and allows for a greater range of designs in your internal and external construction.
How To Get Smooth Stone Bricks in Minecraft?
Bricks are a fantastic block for decorating your structures, but they also maintain the same blast resistance as stone-based blocks, so they still have the same amount of durability.
Get at least four smooth stone slabs, and place them in a square pattern much like how we built the crafting table above.
Keep in mind that in terms of resource usage, smooth stone bricks are the same as stone bricks, so if you’re low on coal just make bricks from regular stone blocks.