The stonecutter lets the player put stone-related blocks into its interface. This will then give them items to craft relating to the inputted stone. However, it differs from the crafting table, one example being able to create 1 stair out of 1 block, making it better than the crafting table. It is also possible to create 2 slabs from 1 block. If a village has a stonecutter but no mason, any nearby villager without a profession has a chance to become a stonemason.
The stonecutter was originally exclusive to Pocket Edition. It was used to make stone-related blocks, such as bricks and stone bricks. The stonecutter was similar to the crafting table, but it could only be used for stone-related crafting. It was originally implemented to avoid over-coding of the crafting table. It had a similar texture to a furnace, but with a hammer and a gear on one of its sides, as well as a large gear on the top.
As of update 0.13.0, all items could be crafted with the crafting table. As a result, the stonecutter was made obsolete, and could no longer be obtained in Survival mode (unless an existing one is mined using the Silk Touch enchantment). The block itself was still available in Creative mode, but could only be used for decoration.
The newer version of the stonecutter was added as part of Snapshot 18w44a, a precursor to update 1.14. This version of the stonecutter had no functionality and spawned in newly-generated villages, but as of snapshot 19w04b, it can now be used to craft stone-related items. It can be crafted with 3 stone blocks and an iron ingot.
- This block was originally exclusive in Pocket Edition, but was revamped and added to the Java Edition in update 1.14.
- Stonecutters are also present in the Nintendo 3DS version of Minecraft, but only as a decorative block and can only be obtained in the Creative inventory.
- The saw of the stonecutter appears to be moving despite it not having any source of power in its crafting recipe.