I want to get some wood so I can make chests and crafting tables in my desert biome. The problem is that I can't explore to new biomes because I don't want to leave the village settlement that I would leave behind. The second problem to leaving is that I would have to cross an ocean to get to a new biome. So, how can I collect either wood or planks to have enough materials to have the necessary sticks and chests to survive?

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    In a desert biome, it's pretty hard to get started. You have to find the nearest non-desert biome to get anything done. – user28379 May 26 '13 at 2:52
  • @YoungGuilo Odd. Why do you want to make chests, anyway? Do you want to know how to make chests, or how to get wood? – avestar101 Aug 4 '13 at 0:08
  • @avestar101 I want to know how to make chests. – Young Guilo Aug 4 '13 at 0:08
  • @YoungGuilo Why, do you need to store items? – avestar101 Aug 4 '13 at 4:10
  • I wanted a super-flat world so I didn't have to deal with mountainous terrain for my horses. – Young Guilo Aug 4 '13 at 12:52

Assuming you play this as a challenge - no other biomes, just surviving in the desert:

Seek caves (may take some trial and error; some may be buried under the sand) and try to find an abandoned mine. There's wood aplenty in there, in form of the supports.

Of course if you just started in the desert biome, without wood to make as much as a sword handle or a pair of torches that may be rather difficult and dangerous. Some smart creeper management can earn you cobblestone without the pick, but it seems despite containing quite a few wooden items (including chests and crafting tables), desert villages and temples don't contain anything that can be disassembled into sticks, although at least you could find some torches. Of course villages are rare, so you might be better off just making a run for it.


Desert hell was a challenge stream of gameplay in a desert world, with no mineshafts, villages and caverns. You may watch it for some very creative solutions:

  • Wood is still obtainable from Strongholds - but locating one takes enormous effort.
  • Witches are an important source of sticks. These are a very important resource.
  • Cacti are good as a makeshift weapon, if you lure the mobs to walk onto them.
  • Suffocating mobs is a good way of killing them; there are some ways demonstrated to do this.
  • Temples and Dungeons were very important - especially allowing you to get a bucket. Bucket of lava is a mighty weapon.
  • Using spider webs you can create wool, which then you can set on fire using lava, to start a nether portal (which you can cast from lava and water obtained from a desert well).

Officially, you can't. Just run in one direction till you find another biome with trees.

  • So what's the point of a super flat desert biome? – Young Guilo May 26 '13 at 3:07
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    @YoungGuilo Desert Temples if you mean just a desert biome in a regular world. If you mean a superflat world that's set to generate sand, then probably just for creative-mode building. – Schism May 26 '13 at 3:19
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    Not every biome was designed with the consideration of how well it will support chest creation in mind. – kotekzot May 26 '13 at 3:39
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    @Young The point of anything in Minecraft is to do whatever you like. The usefulness of a superflat desert world is pretty limited except in Creative. Don't make a superflat desert world if you don't want a superflat desert world. – SevenSidedDie May 26 '13 at 4:10
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    Actually superflat desert is very useful - for Creative mode. Doesn't spawn the annoying jelly cubes, doesn't obstruct construction with grass, keeps random animals to minimum - excellent for building stuff without distractions. – SF. Jul 2 '13 at 10:56

While it is true that there are no trees in desert biomes, I would recommend you find the nearest biome that actually has trees; although there are some workarounds.

If you are lucky enough, you may be able to stumble across an NPC village, or a Desert Temple; which may contain actuall chests and or wood to provide for manually making them.


Keep going until you find a tree and cut it down. Then take the saplings and a load of dirt and start a tree farm back in the desert.


You can harvest wood from an Abandoned Mineshaft, which you can find by simply strip-mining the area.

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    I'm not too sure how useful this is since it's difficult (and on most maps, probably impossible) to strip mine without any tools; you'll have to look for caverns or hope you happen upon a huge gravel pit. – Schism Aug 3 '13 at 23:58

Well, actually, using the very rare find of a mineshaft, you CAN turn the wood to sticks. If you can find a piece of dirt, villages might have a oak sapling. Any other way is /give @p wood_planks 64.


if you are set on a desert biome, you can also just pick bonus chest, then use what little supplies that gets you to get started. of course this could be called cheating, but really if you want to try to survive in a desert biome, without a bonus chest it's nearly impossible.

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