What is autocrafting?
Autocrafting is automated crafting through Refined Storage.
You can already craft items manually using items from your storage network with the Crafting Grid, but autocrafting makes it a tad bit easier and automated.
Instead of manually moving items in the crafting matrix, you can make Refined Storage do all the work.
You need to create a Pattern for each sub-item you want automatically crafted.
You want to autocraft chests.
Create a Pattern for the chest
Create a Pattern for the wooden planks that are used to craft the chest
If you don’t create the pattern, and you have wooden planks, than Refined Storage will be able to use those
If you run out of planks, Refined Storage will not know what to do
If you don’t create the pattern, and you don’t have wooden planks, than Refined Storage will not know how to craft this item and the crafting task can’t
Requesting an item
You can do this by clicking on the item you want to autocraft. If the item is already available and you want to request more of that item, you can use the CTRL + SHIFT key combination to open the crafting window.
When requesting an item, Refined Storage will first ask how many of that item you want to craft. Then, it will show you what items it will take or craft.
You can’t start an autocrafting task if you have insufficient resources, unless you have the ability to autocraft those resources.
How autocrafting works internally
Initially, when the autocrafting task is started, all the "initial" needed items and fluids are extracted from the storage network and inserted into the internal storage of the autocrafting task (crafting storage).
All further actions to those items are performed in the internal storage, so the network doesn’t "see" any changes while the task is running.
Because all the subcrafts are done in the internal storage, the storage network can not "steal" items from autocrafting tasks.