The basic idea of this is to have something a little like chisels and bits, but that will actually fit in vanilla. The base material is a block that is half the size of a normal Minecraft block. Because of the way volume works, it would take eight of these half-sized blocks to make one full block. They would be able to be placed a little like slabs, where you can place multiples of one kind in the same block space and fill the block as much as you want. And like slabs, everything breaks down to the base components when you break it.
These would add quite a few things that builders want, from being able to build half block thick walls without the complications of specifically trying to add vertical slabs to having slabs and stairs available for all blocks. It would be amazing for more detailed sculptures or buildings while still keeping the vanilla feel. After all, you can already work on this scale by using slabs and stairs, just with limitations.
Ideally, these half blocks can be made from almost any material that can be obtained as a block. There are some obvious exceptions, like ore blocks. Although it can be argued that if you want to turn an ore block into a purely decorative block, that’s your right.
I don’t have any concrete plans about how they would be crafted, but it should be a method that is relatively easy to do. One block should yield eight half blocks. Maybe there is a new machine that you can feed blocks and fuel into and it cuts the blocks into eight smaller pieces. Thus, it could be entirely automated using hoppers to input the fuel and base material and collect the results. Another option would be a manual crafting recipe, but it should probably include a new cutting item to make sure it’s a unique recipe for every block.
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