This article gives tips about training the Construction skill.
Construction is arguably the most expensive skill in RuneScape, since the supplies needed to train Construction can be very costly. You can train Construction whenever you want, but to make training quick and efficient, it is best to have a lot of spare money to buy a large number of planks.
As ironmen cannot use the Grand Exchange, they will need to chop down a large number of trees in order to satisfy Construction needs. Part of this problem can be alleviated for teak and mahogany planks with Managing Miscellania, though the output is somewhat low and thus, it is recommended to cut the trees elsewhere in order to maximise log output.
- 1 Experience and cost per construction material
- 2 General Tips
- 3 Training methods
Experience and cost per construction material[edit | edit source]
Planks[edit | edit source]
|Item||XP Given||GE Log Cost||Sawmill Fee||Total Cost||Cost/XP||GE Plank Cost||Cost/XP|
|Plank and Bronze nails||29||13 + 6||100||119||4.1||351 + 6||12.31|
|Teak plank and Mythical cape||123⅓||166||500||666||5.4||934||7.57|
Plank Cost to 99: Starting at the earliest levels a plank type can be used you can expect the following:
- Oak Planks lv 15-99 will use 217,201 planks at a GE cost of 108,600,500
- Teak Planks lv 35-99 will use 144,579 planks at a GE cost of 135,036,786
- Mahogany Planks lv 40-99 will use 92,838 planks at a GE cost of 202,851,030
Cutting and planking your own logs will save significant funds at the cost of time:
Log costs if purchased instead of cut:
- Oak 3,692,417
- Teak 24,000,114
- Mahogany 37,970,742
- Oak 54,300,250
- Teak 72,289,500
- Mahogany 139,257,000
- Making planks at a sawmill does not give Construction experience. These rates are based on when they are used to construct furniture.
- Slightly different experience, cost, and cost/experience point is given for different metal nails. Nails made from stronger metals have a reduced chance to bend, speeding up the process of making certain furniture.
- The cost of any extra transportation methods to get to the Sawmill are not included.
Non-Planks[edit | edit source]
This chart shows the experience given per object when each object is used. The cost per experience point is based on Grand Exchange prices. The cost of "free" components (i.e., the components that can be made with effort only) shows the price one could sell those items for, if you had not used them on Construction.
|Item||Experience given||NPC Cost||Cost/XP||GE Cost||Cost/XP|
|Bolt of cloth||15||650||43.33||958||63.87|
|Limestone||20||10 or 17||0.5 or 0.85||142||7.1|
- You can turn clay into soft clay by adding water to it. This can be done in a player-owned house using a garden or kitchen water source.
- You can turn limestone into limestone bricks using a chisel on it.
General Tips[edit | edit source]
Before you can even start Construction, you will need to visit any Estate agent and pay a one-time fee of 1,000 to purchase a house in Rimmington. The house will have two rooms; a Parlour and a Garden; apart from the exit portal in the garden, there is nothing built for you.
For maximum speed, it is highly recommended that you have level 40 Magic so that you can cast Teleport to House, otherwise you will have to run to a house portal from your bank. At level 37 Magic, you can also cast Falador Teleport for quick access to a bank. It is recommended to use an elemental staff to save on runes and inventory space. Alternatively, you can teleport to Camelot on a PVP world, this way you'll only need Law runes if you use a Staff of Air and the bank chest is very close to the teleport. Even though you are on a PvP world, you can not be attacked here.
It is recommended to bring weight-reducing gear so you will not deplete run energy as fast when going to and from your house.
If you are at 40+ Construction and have hired a butler you can leave all your planks in the bank. Your butler will retrieve as much as desired when asked.
Once a player reaches level 30, they may begin to turn Long and Curved bones in to Barlak for both construction experience and some coins. He can be found inside the city of Dorgesh-Kaan, which isn't accessible until the player has completed Death to the Dorgeshuun. Note that they are only obtainable from monsters capable of dropping big bones, and even then, the special bones themselves are rare, with long bones having a drop rate of 1/400 and curved bones at a rate of 1/5000.
When building various items in your house, there will be a number "hotkey" for fast Construction training. When removing the said item(s), press the "1" key to immediately remove it.
For players starting Construction or are unwilling to pay their butler to grab materials from the bank, one can use Phials in Rimmington to assist in your training. Phials will unnote any noted item given to him for 5 per item, which is significantly cheaper than paying your butler. It is significantly slower than a human or demon butler, and is not recommended if building dungeon oak doors for training.
At level 20 Construction, you can build Bedrooms. You will need 2 Bedrooms in your house in order to hire a servant from the Servants' Guild in East Ardougne. It is recommended to grab either the Butler or Demon butler (note, requires 40 and 50 Construction respectively), as they can fetch items from the bank very quickly; all other servants below the human butler will be too slow. Butlers will request a payment after 8 services completed (not all services will count). If you currently have a servant and want to change, you will need to fire your current servant and return to the Servants' Guild to hire a new one. Servants can be automatically paid through the Servant's moneybag, which will save a lot of time.
A trick to train with minimal mouse movements is to play in resizable mode and zoom all the way in. Widen the game a bit so that there is some space between the chat box and the right hand side control panel. Position the Hotspot you want to train at the bottom of the screen. Then position the mouse over the hotspot and slightly higher than the report button. If done right, the build and remove options should be in the same spot as the right click.
Training methods[edit | edit source]
Level 1-19 – Crude wooden chairs[edit | edit source]
Crude wooden chairs require 2 planks and 2 nails each, costing up to 64,793 if materials are bought from the Grand Exchange. (You can also buy bronze nails from the sawmill for 2 gp each, but you have to wait for the sawmill to restock or world hop.) Cutting the logs yourself and making them into planks at the sawmill will cost about 14,300, a cheaper (but slower) method to gather planks is to world hop at the 4 plank spawns outside the north fence of the Barbarian Outpost. Building a crude wooden chair grants 58 Construction experience. To start off, you need to go to your house, go into building mode, then right-click Build Chair space in the Parlour. Press 1 to select the crude wooden chair, then wait for your character to build the chair, which takes a variable amount of time due to nails bending. Once the chair is built, right-click Remove Chair, then press 1 to confirm.
- Experience needed: 3,973
- Chairs to goal: 69
- Planks needed: 138
- Nails needed: 143 minimum, (You'll need ~700/~400/~200 nails when using Bronze / Iron / Steel Nails respectively)
- Time: ~30 minutes.
- At level 8 you can build regular Wooden chairs at the cost of 3 wooden planks and 3 nails, wooden chairs give 87xp (quicker than crude wooden chairs at no xp loss).
- Depending on the type of nails used, more will be needed to compensate for bending.
Level 19-33 – Oak chairs[edit | edit source]
At level 19, you can start building Oak Chairs, which have a constant build time since they don't require nails. This makes them significantly faster than Wooden Chairs.
- Experience needed: 14,245
- Chairs to goal: 119
- Oak planks needed: 238
- Cost: -119,000
- Cost per XP: -8.35
- At level 20 players can complete The Fremennik Isles for the 5k Construction experience reward.
- At level 32, you should build an Oak workbench so that you can build other oak furniture, such as the Carved oak table.
Level 33-74/99 – Oak larders[edit | edit source]
Oak larders require 8 oak planks each, costing around 8,984,000 if materials are bought from the Grand Exchange, and grant 480 Construction experience each. If you cut the logs by yourself and turn them into planks, it will cost 4,492,000. It is still recommended to buy oak planks off the Grand Exchange, as it will take an extremely long time to make the planks yourself. A demon butler is recommended when training with larders.
- (note that the below computation is to level 74, not to level 99)
- Experience needed: 1,078,031
- Larders to goal: 2,246
- Oak planks needed: 17,968
- Experience per hour: Between 140,000 - 470,000
- Time: 5 to 7 hours.
- Cost: -8,984,000
- Cost per XP: -8.33
Level 40-52 – Mahogany bookcases[edit | edit source]
A fast way to train is by building Mahogany bookcase (flatpack) at the workbench, which require 3 mahogany planks each and 8 bookcases per round. Building a mahogany bookcase gives 420 experience each. Either sold the flatpacks at the Rimmington shopkeeper and unnote with Phials or use the demon butler to fetch the 24 Mahogany planks per round.
- Experience needed: 86,416
- Mahogany planks needed: 618
- Experience per hour: 150,000
- Time: <1 hour
- Cost: -1,350,330
- Cost per XP: -15.63
Level 50-74/99 – Mythical cape (mounted)[edit | edit source]
A mounted mythical cape requires 3 teak planks each along with a mythical cape (the cape is reused). To acquire a mythical cape one must complete Dragon Slayer II (which requires level 50 Construction, with no boosts allowed), making this method less viable for lower level accounts. By constructing guild trophies, the experience per plank is boosted resulting in 370 experience per mythical cape (mounted), providing boosted xp per gp invested. Because of this, it is more useful for ironmen for whom planks aren't as easy to get. This method can grant you 200k experience per hour at a maximum efficiency, unnoting with Phials in Rimmington.
A Cook is a viable method that is slightly slower than the Demon Butler, but also less than half the cost. When getting the cook to fetch 15 planks at a time, a trip takes roughly the same time as building 5 capes (17 seconds), which means you will be restocked just as you run out of planks. This gives roughly 270,000 - 320,000 experience per hour, and is efficient with regards to trip time for an average speed. With good attention, it also prevents your inventory from being overfilled, resulting in not being able to remove the cape.
A demon butler is an alternative strategy to working with Phials - you can carry a maximum of 24, teak planks with this method (Hammer, Saw, Coin Stack, and slot for cape taking up 4 of the 28 inventory slots) increased to 25 if you bank your coins and use a Servant's moneybag (requires level 58 to build and doesn't really provide any increase in Exp per hour). This strategy can grant you 300,000 - 425,000 experience per hour at a maximum efficiency, but requires very precise clicking and is often inefficient since planks will be delivered faster than you can use them.
- Experience needed from 47-74: 1,021,151
- Cape mounts needed to 74: 2,759
- Teak planks needed: 8,277
- Time from 47-74: 4 hours
- Cost: -7,730,718
- Cost per XP: -7.57
- Experience needed from 47-99: 12,959,304
- Cape mounts needed to 99: 35,026
- Teak planks needed: 105,078
- Time from 47-99: 48 to 52 hours.
- Cost: -98,142,852
- Cost per XP: -7.57
- Experience per hour: 300,000+
Level 52-99 – Mahogany tables[edit | edit source]
Another option is to train building Mahogany tables, which require 6 mahogany planks each. Building a mahogany table gives 840 experience each. While faster than oak larders, it is significantly more expensive. The optimal method is to use a demon butler, and to build 2 tables in the time the demon butler takes to fetch planks from the bank, giving from 600k to 900k experience per hour depending on your efficiency.
- Experience needed: 12,910,771
- Tables to goal: 15,369
- Mahogany planks needed: 92,214
- Experience per hour: 700,000 - 900,000
- Time: 18 to 22 hours
- Cost: -201,487,590
- Cost per XP: -15.61
Level 66-74 – Teak garden benches[edit | edit source]
A faster option than building Oak larders is to build Teak garden benches instead, which require 6 teak planks each. Building teak garden benches give 540 experience each, which is slightly faster than the 480 experience given by oak larders. As with mahogany tables, the most optimal method is to use a demon butler.
- Experience needed: 600,024
- Benches to goal: 1,112
- Teak planks needed: 6,672
- Experience per hour: 300,000 - 350,000
- Time: 1.7 to 2 hours
- Cost: -6,231,648
- Cost per XP: -10.39
Level 74-99 – Oak dungeon doors[edit | edit source]
Another option is to train using Oak dungeon doors, which require 10 oak planks each. It will cost 99,485,000 if materials are bought from the Grand Exchange, and 49,742,500 if you process them into planks yourself. Like the previous methods, it's faster experience buying them rather than processing them.
Building an oak door grants 600 Construction experience. The human butler is usually recommended for this method, as the demon butler is very fast and can interrupt players if they're not fast enough. With very high efficiency, the demon butler can be used for this method.
With the Demon butler, to achieve maximum experience rates of between 450k-550k experience per hour you must use the 'build and remove' trick as seen above whilst also holding down 1 constantly. Whilst holding down 1, click your butler to send him to get more planks, you have just enough time before he returns to build and remove the first door, while waiting until he spawns in the room with you before clicking 'remove' on it the second time. Then, click the butler and tell him to get more planks after clicking remove.
For the human butler, you should have enough time to build and remove two sets of doors before he returns if you use the 'holding down 1' trick. It is recommended to stand in the 1x2 space behind the door while building. On the second set of doors, do not remove them until after you have sent your butler for more planks. This will force the butler to spawn next to you and make it faster to receive the planks and send him out to get more. If you can send your butler out quickly after he comes back, you can expect around 270K-300K experience per hour.
Demon butler will require 10k payment on every 8th bank trip.
- Experience needed: 11,938,153
- Doors to goal: 19,897
- Oak planks needed: 198,970
- Experience per hour: 450,000 - 550,000
- Time: 26.5 to 39.8 hours
- Cost: -99,485,000
- Cost per XP: -8.33
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