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### #1

beefsupreme

Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:30 PM

The wiki sort of describes how to arrange the bookshelves around the enchanting table for max enchantments, but I'm having trouble understanding what it's saying. Could somebody explain the most efficient way to arrange bookshelves around an enchanting table? Wood and reeds are in basically infinite supply for me.

### #2

haveacold1

Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:33 PM

basically a book shelf must be 1 block away from the enchanter to power it. So i would suggest making a 5 by 5 bookshelf box

### #3

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:34 PM

Make a box around it, that's all. Efficiency is the ammount required, that is all.
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### #4

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:35 PM

Ill try and lay it out on here.

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Well that failed, brb ill find a diagram

Edited by iBeavo, 26 November 2011 - 06:36 PM.

### #5

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:36 PM

I would put the enchantment table in the middle of any corner then, on both sides, (left and right) put the bookshelves on the second block away.
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### #6

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:38 PM

You know what?
I just put the freakin bookshelves wherever the hell I want, and I still get level 20 enchantments.

### #7

xDMaelstrom
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:45 PM

Put the enchanting table directly in the middle.
Leave the 3x3 circle alone.
Put bookshelves in the 5x5 circle.
Put another row of bookshelves directly above the other ones.
Remove 2 bookshelves wherever you want for a door.

Voila! You have a compact, max enchantment level enchanting room.
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### #8

beefsupreme

Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:49 PM

xDMaelstrom, on 26 November 2011 - 06:45 PM, said:

Put the enchanting table directly in the middle.
Leave the 3x3 circle alone.
Put bookshelves in the 5x5 circle.
Put another row of bookshelves directly above the other ones.
Remove 2 bookshelves wherever you want for a door.

Voila! You have a compact, max enchantment level enchanting room.

If I have the ceiling be 3 high rather than 2 high, or make an extra level out of bookshelves for aesthetic purposes, will I still get the maximum level?

### #9

godhand205
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:50 PM

beefsupreme, on 26 November 2011 - 06:30 PM, said:

The wiki sort of describes how to arrange the bookshelves around the enchanting table for max enchantments, but I'm having trouble understanding what it's saying. Could somebody explain the most efficient way to arrange bookshelves around an enchanting table? Wood and reeds are in basically infinite supply for me.

Make a 3x3x3 cube with the enchanter in the middle.
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### #10

xDMaelstrom
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:55 PM

beefsupreme, on 26 November 2011 - 06:49 PM, said:

If I have the ceiling be 3 high rather than 2 high, or make an extra level out of bookshelves for aesthetic purposes, will I still get the maximum level?

Yes, so long as the bookcases look like this:

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### #11

ignotusvir

Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:15 PM

xDMaelstrom, on 26 November 2011 - 06:55 PM, said:

Yes, so long as the bookcases look like this:

This picture. That's all you need for the maximum benefit, and putting more in won't do anything more for you.

### #12

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:13 AM

ignotusvir, on 26 November 2011 - 07:15 PM, said:

This picture. That's all you need for the maximum benefit, and putting more in won't do anything more for you.
do i need the corners too?
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### #13

Mm484

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:54 PM

Syked579, on 28 January 2012 - 12:13 AM, said:

do i need the corners too?

Yes

### #14

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:17 PM

Wow thanks so much for this - the wiki just doesn't explain in enough detail.

### #15

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

whebzy, on 03 April 2012 - 10:17 PM, said:

Wow thanks so much for this - the wiki just doesn't explain in enough detail.

The wiki explains in too much detail. There is definitely more than one way to do this, but this is the simplest way that I can think of. For any other method, you need pistons.
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### #16

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:51 AM

xDMaelstrom, on 03 April 2012 - 10:31 PM, said:

The wiki explains in too much detail. There is definitely more than one way to do this, but this is the simplest way that I can think of. For any other method, you need pistons.

How would you go about doing it with pistons? I'm curious.

### #17

AzuraLowbeam

Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:10 AM

For example:

Cuniculator, on 06 April 2012 - 12:19 PM, said:

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### #18

whebzy

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:24 AM

AzuraLowbeam, on 10 April 2012 - 10:10 AM, said:

For example:

That kind of redstone is a little beyond me at the moment, but I see the point.

### #19

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:09 AM

Why not move two bookshelves with pistons?
Button could be in the roof on the enchantment side, add a RS-nor latch with a button and a slight delay.

Costs less redstone, less slimeballs, less room...

I'll add a screenshot.

Edit: 1 screenshot is not sufficient, so I put up a save file.

Edit2: As written by the wiki:

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An enchantment table can be surrounded by 30 bookshelves by placing them in a square around the table, with each wall measuring 5 blocks wide and 2 blocks high, with a 2 block high doorway. This arrangement gives the maximum possible boost.[1] (While it is possible to get two more bookshelves in "range", they do not add, as the boost is capped.)

### #20

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:33 PM

Mm484, on 05 February 2012 - 03:54 PM, said:

Yes
the door opening needs to have bookcases