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Crafting is the process of making an item from its constituent parts. It is an integral aspect of 7 Days to Die that is accomplished via the Crafting Window. Most items and blocks found in-game can be crafted with few exceptions,. By utilizing Crafting, the player can obtain access to items that will aid in their survival without relying on their luck in finding items through Looting. Crafting can be done in the player's inventory and in any of the workstations: a Campfire, a Forge, a Workbench, a Cement Mixer and a Chemistry Station. Most of these workstations have their own unique recipes that can only be crafted in the respective workstation.

Components used for crafting are obtained via looting, farming, mining, or harvesting. Some components need to be crafted from other base components. Once the player has obtained all the necessary components, found an appropriate crafting station and any possible crafting appliances needed and/or learned the required skill or recipe if needed, they can proceed to craft the item.

Crafting an item[]

To craft an item, the player must select the specific item in their crafting window and have the needed resources used to craft the specific item in the inventory to finally click the button "craft". Optionally, the player can select the Quality and how many of an item to craft by clicking the left and right arrows located at the top left on the right panel. This amount can also be changed by entering an amount in the input panel located between the two arrows. Clicking on the item from the crafting window while holding 'Shift' will automatically set the crafting amount to the max that can be made from the resources in the player's inventory.

Crafting Time[]

Crafting time is determined in 2 ways: either a set time (e.g. Vehicles & Crafting Bundles) or a calculated time. This time is expressed in minutes and seconds (mmm:ss) using the 'Rounding to nearest, half up' method of rounding. This rounding is for display only, the actual calculated time is used by the game (as seen by crafting large quantities of an item).

The calculated time is a simple multiplication:
Amount of Resource needed * Time value (which can be found here: Template:Recipe_Time/doc, default = 1s)
Do this for each type of resource needed and add the total together = Crafting Time

Example Bullet Tip:

<Bullet Tip>
- 2*Lead (0.5s)
- 1*Clay (0.5s)
    = 3 * 0.5s = 1.5s > displayed as 00:02 ingame (rounded to nearest halfup)

Example Box of AP 7.62MM Ammo:

<Box of AP 7.62MM Ammo>
- 160 * Bullet Tip > 160s
- 400 * Gun Powder > 400s
- 80 * Bullet Casing > 80s
    = 160s + 400s + 80s = 640s <time = 10:40>
    BUT <craft_time="360"> SO <time = 06:00>
(Craft time can be found in recipes.xml if specified)

Issues at crafting[]

If an item cannot be crafted (colored in light grey or craft button missing completely), it is because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • The player has insufficient resources in their inventory or in the forge. This is accompanied with a message "You don't have the necessary resources to craft this" when pressing the craft button.
  • The player does not know the crafting recipe. In this case there is either no craft button at all or it is replaced by an 'unlocks' panel. On the recipe list, next to the item, a grey lock can also be seen, indicating that the recipe is locked.
  • The player is using the wrong workstation (if any at all). In this case the icon next to the name is something other than a padlock and there is no craft button. The said icon indicates the correct one: a hammer and an anvil means the forge, a table means the workbench, a campfire means a campfire and a cement mixer means a cement mixer.
  • The workstation (a campfire, a forge or a chemistry station) doesn't have fuel. This is accompanied by a message "You don't have the required fuel to craft this" when pressing the craft button.
  • The workstation (a forge or a campfire) doesn't have correct appliances. This is accompanied by a message "You don't have the required tools to craft this" when pressing the craft button.


As mentioned previously, there are five different workstations:

  • Campfire Campfire is the first workstations the player uses and it is crafted as a part of the Basic Survival tutorial questline. It is mainly used to cook food and beverages but some chemicals are also available for crafting. The campfire can have three appliances in it: a Cooking Pot, a Cooking Grill and a Beaker. It requires fuel to function.
  • Forge Forge is usually the second workstation the player gets an access to. It is used to multiple useful craft items, most notably Cement, Forged Iron, Forged Steel, Bullet Casings, Bullet Tips and both Steel and Iron Arrowheads. The forge has its own inventory where the crafting materials are taken from. Resources can be put into this inventory by smelting certain items and removed by crafting any of the basic resources in the forge. This workstation can have three appliances in it: an Anvil, Advanced Bellows and a Crucible. The forge requires fuel to function.
  • NewWorkbench Workbench differs from the other workstations by a bit. While many recipes require it to be crafted, the workbench can also be used to craft the same items that are craftable in the player's inventory. This can be helpful when crafting large amounts of resources, such as Cobblestone Rocks. The workbench doesn't have any appliances nor does it require any fuel.
  • CementMixer Cement Mixer is a workstation that is mostly used to craft either blocks or ingredients to those blocks. The most notable resources are Concrete Mix that is used in Upgrading blocks and Crushed Sand that is used to craft concrete mix. This workstation doesn't have any appliances nor does it require any fuel.
  • ChemistryStation Chemistry Station is used to craft many scientific items, such as chemicals and medicine. Most notable items include First Aid Kits, Gas Cans, Antibiotics and Beer. Bundles for Gun Powder and gas cans are also crafted through the chemistry station. This workstation doesn't have any appliances but requires fuel to function.

Getting a workstation[]

Workstations can be crafted by the player using the Forge Ahead magazines. Some can be found across the world in several Points of Interest, but most if not all of these are broken. Every Trader in the world has one instance of each workstation, being broken however, inside their walls. Looting these will guarantee at least 1 Forge Ahead magazine to advance workstation crafting. Workstations can also be bought or obtained through quest tier rewards from a trader.

More effective crafting[]

There are certain ways to allow more efficient and/or faster crafting for certain items.

  • Nerdy Glasses reduce the crafting time by 10% for all recipes. This effect stacks additively with perks.


Perk Books[]

  • Reading all 7 of the Perk Books of the Magnum Enforcer, Pistol Pete, Shotgun Messiah, Sniper, Tech Junkie and Ranger's Guide to Archery series allows the player to craft ammunition in bundles containing 100 of the original ammo type when unpacked with a 20% reduced overall crafting cost (i.e. the cost of 80). Crafting these bundles is, however, slower than crafting individual ammunition for Stone Arrows, Stone Crossbow Bolts, Iron Arrows and Iron Crossbow Bolts. For other ammunition types the bundles are faster.
  • Completing the Great Heist series unlocks a recipe for a bundle of Stack of Lockpicks containing 50.
  • The Art of Mining Vol. 5 allows crafting of Resource Bundles for Wood, Small Stone, Iron, Oil Shale, Nitrate Powder, Lead and Coal, turning stacks of 6000 into bundles of which 5 fit into an inventory slot (effectively holding 30.000 of a resource per slot).

Crafting Skill Magazines[]

  • Explosive Magazine unlocks the Gun Powder Bundle recipe at lvl 30.
  • Vehicle Adventures unlocks the Gas Can Bundle recipe at lvl 45.

Craftable items[]

Due to the number of craftable items and server limitations, the comprehensive table had to be split: