LockerGnome’s Robert Clarke writes:
As you can tell by the title of the game, Minecraft is all about crafting. It’s what makes the game what it is. So now you’ve booted up Minecraft, and you’ve ready to play. The first thing you need to do when you’ve got your world up and running? It’s time to get some wood. You can do this in most cases by holding down the left click button on your mouse, when you’re next to a tree. I suggest cutting down an entire tree for your first “craft.”
What you’re going to use your logs for is to create a crafting bench. To do, this you’ll need to access the 2×2 crafting square in your inventory. The crafting square in your inventory is 2×2, and is different from the 3×3 crafting table, which you’re going to make. Do this in most cases by pressing the “e” key on your keyboard (it could also be the “i” key). You’ll see a window pop up with a person on the top left hand side (that’s you), a 2×2 grid (that’s your 2×2 inventory crafting square), and some more squares at the bottom of the window that might be filled with stuff you’ve picked up. If you have already cut down your logs, you should see those in there as well. Now it’s time to craft.
The first thing we’re going to craft is the workbench, or crafting table. This is a tool for crafting larger things like tools and other building materials in Minecraft. To craft a workbench, you’re going to need wood planks first. Wood planks are the simplest things to make in Minecraft. Simply click on the wood logs in your inventory, and drag them into any square in the 2×2 grid (in your inventory). You should now see the option to click on wood planks (which means you craft them). Continuously click on these wood planks until you’ve got no more wood logs. Now, all you need to do is place the wood planks in your inventory. This sounds quite hard, but is much easier to do in the actual game. Now take the wood planks you just got from the wood logs, and place four of them in a square, filling up the 2×2 craft square in your inventory. You should see the option of making a 3×3 crafting table, which you should click on. Place the craft table in your inventory, and now you have your very own crafting table.