Construction training

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Construction is one of the most expensive skills to train in Old School RuneScape. It is recommended to have a lot of spare money to buy a large number of planks from the Grand Exchange beforehand, so players will not have to constantly buy more supplies whenever they run out.

To start off, players must purchase a player-owned house from any Estate agent, which costs 1,000. Players' houses are located in Rimmington by default, but can be moved later to one of 8 different cities for a fee. 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. Players will need a saw and a hammer in order to construct items. It is recommended to have level 40 Magic so that you can cast Teleport to House. Alternatively you could purchase a Teleport to House tablet.

General information and tips[edit | edit source]

Construction is trained by repeatedly building and removing various furniture inside the player-owned house. Planks are the primary material for training, and using them costs money. Normal accounts should buy the planks from the Grand Exchange, and it is recommended to have a lot of spare money to be able to afford a large amount of them at once. While making planks from logs can save money, it does not give any experience and is therefore considered simply a money making method for normal accounts.

There are four tiers of planks: regular, oak, teak, and mahogany, each with increasing cost and experience gained from using it. With exception of the mounted mythical cape and some low-level furniture which use regular planks, planks yield the same amount of experience per plank, regardless of what furniture is built. As such, players should seek to use the highest tier of plank they can afford (and have the level for) as quickly as possible with the methods below.

The below table shows the costs to obtain level 83 (typically players stop here to boost (+8) for the ornate jewellery box).

Construction Level Type Planks required Planks from GE Cost per XP
15–83 Oak plank.pngOak plank 44,512 -24,170,016 -9.05
50–83 Teak plank.pngTeak plank and Mythical cape.pngMythical cape 17,651 -16,221,269 -7.45
52–83 Mahogany plank.pngMahogany plank 18,211 -37,915,302 -14.87
66–83 Teak plank.pngTeak plank 28,576 -26,261,344 -10.21

The below table shows the costs to obtain level 99.

Construction Level Type Planks required Planks from GE Cost per XP
15–99 Oak plank.pngOak plank 217,201 -117,940,143 -9.05
50–99 Teak plank.pngTeak plank and Mythical cape.pngMythical cape 104,865 -96,370,935 -7.45
52–99 Mahogany plank.pngMahogany plank 92,214 -191,989,548 -14.87
66–99 Teak plank.pngTeak plank 139,314 -128,029,566 -10.21

Tips[edit | edit source]

Using the trick to build and remove without moving the mouse after right clicking.

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.

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.

At level 30, players can 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.

Getting more planks while training[edit | edit source]

From level 1 to 40, players should have their player-owned house in Rimmington, and bring noted planks in their inventory and unnote them at Phials. This is faster than fetching the planks from a bank. It is recommended to bring weight-reducing gear, such as the graceful outfit, so you will not deplete run energy as fast when going to and from your house. When entering back to the house, players can right-click the house portal to enter the house in building mode.

At level 40, players should hire a servant from the Servants' Guild in East Ardougne to assist their training. To be able to hire a servant, the player's house must have at least two bedrooms with beds constructed in each one. Servants can be used to unnote more planks (or fetch them from the bank), and using them is significantly faster than unnoting planks at Phials. This costs money, but the increased speed is well worth the extra cost.

The Butler should be used from level 40 to 50, and the Demon butler from level 50 onwards. Using lower-level servants is not recommended, because all other servants below the human butler will be too slow.

Servants will request a payment after 8 services completed, and players will need to have coins in their inventory to pay them. At level 58, the player should build the servant's moneybag in one of the bedrooms and put coins in it, which will automatically pay the servant while they perform tasks. This skips the dialogue of the servant requesting payment, which will save a lot of time in the long run.

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–33: Starting off[edit | edit source]

The below table shows the furniture and materials needed to reach level 33.

Regular planks require using nails. Using decent nails, such as steel nails, is recommended as lower-tier nails bend more often. At level 15, the player should start using oak planks, which are faster to use than regular planks as they do not require using nails.

Levels XP needed Object Room Materials required (each) XP each # for goal Materials required (total) Money spent
1–4 276 Crude wooden chair.png Crude wooden chair Parlour 2 Plank.pngPlank, at least 2 Steel nails.pngSteel nails Construction 58 Crude wooden chair icon.png 5 10 Plank.pngPlank, ~20 Steel nails.pngSteel nails -6,700
4–9 693 Wooden bookcase.png Wooden bookcase Parlour 4 Plank.pngPlank, at least 4 Steel nails.pngSteel nails Construction 115 Wooden bookcase icon.png 7 28 Plank.pngPlank, ~56 Steel nails.pngSteel nails -9,430
9–15 1,442 Wooden larder.png Wooden larder Kitchen 8 Plank.pngPlank, at least 8 Steel nails.pngSteel nails Construction 228 Wooden larder icon.png 7 56 Plank.pngPlank, ~112 Steel nails.pngSteel nails -9,430
15–16 335 Repair bench.png Repair bench Workshop 2 Oak plank.pngOak plank Construction 120 Repair bench icon.png 3 6 Oak plank.pngOak plank -3,258
16–22 2,878 Crafting table 1.png Crafting table 1 Workshop 4 Oak plank.pngOak plank Construction 240 Crafting table 1 icon.png 12 48 Oak plank.pngOak plank -26,064
22–31 9,209 Oak dining table.png Oak dining table Dining room 4 Oak plank.pngOak plank Construction 240 Oak dining table icon.png 39 156 Oak plank.pngOak plank -84,708
31–33 3,414 Carved oak table.png Carved oak table Dining room 6 Oak plank.pngOak plank Construction 360 Carved oak table icon.png 10 60 Oak plank.pngOak plank -32,580
1–33 18,247 94 Plank.pngPlank, 270 Oak plank.pngOak plank,
and ~188 Steel nails.pngSteel nails
-178,100

Levels 33–52/74: Oak larders[edit | edit source]

From level 33 to 52, the player should build oak larders in the Kitchen. Oak larders require 8 oak planks to build, and they grant 480 experience each.

Players can gain up to around 480,000 experience per hour from level 50 onwards. If players wish to use oak planks as a cheaper method of training construction, they should switch to oak dungeon doors (listed below) at level 74, as they provide faster experience rates than building oak larders.

Levels XP Needed Object # for Goal Planks Required Plank Cost Servant Cost Cost per XP
33–52 105,413 Oak larder.png Oak larder Oak larder.png 220 Oak plank.png 1,760 -955,680 -84,615 -9.85
/ -9.05[b 1]
33–74 1,078,031 Oak larder.png 2,246 Oak plank.png 17,968 -9,756,624 -863,846
  1. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Levels 52–99: Mahogany furniture[edit | edit source]

Building mahogany furniture becomes the fastest viable training method at level 52, however it is very expensive.

At level 52, players can build mahogany tables in the Dining room, which is the second fastest way to use mahogany planks. Each mahogany table requires 6 mahogany planks and gives 840 experience. The optimal method is to build 3 tables and remove 2 tables in the time the Demon butler takes to fetch planks from the bank. Each inventory cycle takes 22 ticks (on a consistently low ping world). In higher ping worlds, it is recommended to remove 3 tables and build 2 tables (23 ticks/inventory) or build 2 tables and remove 2 tables (24 ticks/inventory) while the Demon butler fetches planks. The 22-tick inventory cycle is shown below:

Input 1 Input 2 Action 1 Action 2
1 1 Right-Left Click Remove Build Menu
2 6 Build
3 Build
4 Build
5 Right-Left Click Remove Dialogue
6 1 Click Demon Butler Remove Demon Butler Menu
7 Move Mouse Back
8 1 Right-Left Click Demon Butler Leaves Build Menu
9 6 Build
10 Build
11 Build
12 Right-Left Click Remove Dialogue
13 1 Right-Left Click Remove Build Menu
14 6 Build
15 Build
16 Build
17 Right-Left Click Remove Dialogue
18 1 Right-Left Click Remove Build Menu
19 6 Build
20 Build (Demon Butler Returns)
21 Build
22 Right-Left Click Remove Dialogue
REPEAT

At level 77, players can build gnome benches in the Superior garden, which is slightly faster than building mahogany tables with precise timing and accurate clicks. Each gnome bench requires 6 mahogany planks and gives 840 experience. However, this method is very difficult and the execution must be near perfect for it to be faster than mahogany tables. Any mistakes will lower the experience rates considerably, and most players are likely to get faster rates with mahogany tables. The method for building gnome benches is as follows:

  1. Send the Demon butler away for 24 planks.
  2. Build 2 benches and remove them.
  3. Build another 2 benches and remove them. When correctly timed, the Demon butler will not interrupt the building.

Players can gain up to around 900,000 experience per hour with mahogany tables, and 1,100,000 experience per hour with gnome benches.

Levels XP Needed Object # for Goal Planks Required Plank Cost Servant Cost Cost per XP
52–77 1,078,031 Mahogany table.png Mahogany table Mahogany table.png 1,610 Mahogany plank.png 9,660 -20,112,120 -464,423 -15.21
/ -14.87[c 1]
52–99 12,910,771 Mahogany table.png 15,369 Mahogany plank.png 92,214 -191,989,548 -4,433,365
77–99 11,558,850 Gnome bench.png Gnome bench Gnome bench.png 13,761 Mahogany plank.png 82,566 -171,902,412 -3,969,519
  1. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Level 50–99: Mounted mythical capes[edit | edit source]

Mounted mythical capes require 3 teak planks each along with a mythical cape (the cape is reused). Each mounted mythical cape gives 370 experience, granting more experience per teak plank than other items, which makes it a competitive training option for Ironmen, for whom planks are not as easy to obtain. However, this method is not recommended for normal accounts, as oak larders offer faster experience and they are usually similar in cost. The player must have completed Dragon Slayer II (requires level 50 Construction) to be able to build mounted mythical capes.

In case of mistakes, it is very helpful to have an equippable item in the inventory as players cannot remove a mounted mythical cape if they have a full inventory of planks.

  1. Send the Demon butler away with 6 planks still in your inventory.
  2. Remove and build 2 mounted mythical capes.
  3. After the second remove, wait 1 tick and the butler will return with 24 planks.

Players can gain up to around 430,000 experience per hour with maximum efficiency.

Levels XP Needed Object # for Goal Planks Required Plank Cost Servant Cost Cost per XP
50–66 394,921 Mythical cape (mounted).png Mounted mythical cape Mythical cape (mounted).png 1,068 Teak plank.png 3,204 -2,944,476 -154,038 -7.84
/ -7.45[e 1]
50–99 12,933,098 Mythical cape (mounted).png 34,955 Teak plank.png 104,865 -96,370,935 -5,041,587
  1. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Level 66–74/99: Teak furniture[edit | edit source]

Building teak furniture is a cheaper but a lot slower alternative to mahogany. Depending on the prices of planks, players who wish to save money likely find it better to build oak furniture instead, as it is only slightly slower than teak. Likewise, players who wish to gain faster experience may find it better to spend extra money on building mahogany furniture instead, as this would save around 7–8 hours on the way to level 99 depending on the method and efficiency.

Building teak garden benches is the fastest way to use teak planks. Teak garden benches require 6 teak planks and they give 540 experience each. This method is similar to gnome benches, and it offers relatively fast experience and is slightly cheaper than gnome benches or mahogany tables. Similarly to gnome benches, this method requires precise timing and accurate clicks, and the execution must be near perfect for it to be faster than carved teak magic wardrobes or oak dungeon doors. Any mistakes will lower the experience rates considerably, and most players are likely to get faster rates with the other options.

Alternatively, players may wish to start building carved teak magic wardrobes at level 69, which are the second fastest way to use teak planks. Carved teak magic wardrobes require 6 teak planks and they give 540 experience each. This method is slightly slower but a lot easier than building teak garden benches. The build cycle is the same as for mahogany tables.

Players can gain up to around 700,000 experience per hour building garden benches; or gain up to around 580,000 experience per hour building carved teak magic wardrobes at level 69. Using either method should take just under an hour to reach level 74 with good execution, at which point players can consider building oak dungeon doors, which offers slightly slower experience rates at the benefit of potentially reduced cost.

Levels XP Needed Item # for Goal Planks Required Plank Cost Servant Cost Cost per XP
66–69 171,797 Teak garden bench.png Teak garden bench Teak garden bench.png 319 Teak plank.png 1,914 -1,758,966 -92,019 -10.75
/ -10.21[f 1]
66–74 600,024 Teak garden bench.png 1,112 Teak plank.png 6,672 -6,131,568 -320,769
66–99 12,538,177 Teak garden bench.png 23,219 Teak plank.png 139,314 -128,029,566 -6,697,788
69–74 428,227 Carved teak magic wardrobe.png Carved teak magic wardrobe Carved teak magic wardrobe.png 794 Teak plank.png 4,764 -4,378,116 -229,038
69–99 12,366,380 Carved teak magic wardrobe.png 22,901 Teak plank.png 137,406 -126,276,114 -6,606,058
  1. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Level 74–99: Oak dungeon doors[edit | edit source]

Building oak dungeon doors is a cheaper alternative to mahogany or teak furniture. Building an oak door requires 10 oak planks and grants 600 Construction experience. Players can gain up to around 550,000 experience per hour with maximum efficiency.

With the Demon butler, the player must use the 'build and remove' trick as seen above whilst also holding down 1 constantly. Whilst holding down 1, click your Demon butler to make him fetch 25 oak planks, you have just enough time before he returns to build and remove the two doors. You will end up with five spare Oak planks in your inventory, have your build option on the door ready for when the Demon butler comes back then make and remove another door as soon as you get planks, then click the Demon butler twice to send him off for more planks and in the meantime make and remove the two remaining doors, before starting the process from the beginning.

Alternatively, you can use a human butler. 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.

Levels XP Needed Item # for Goal Planks Required Plank Cost Servant Cost Cost per XP
74–99 11,938,153 Oak door.png Oak dungeon door Oak door.png 19,897 Oak plank.png 198,970 -108,040,710 -9,948,500 -9.88
/ -9.05[g 1]
  1. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Flatpacking[edit | edit source]

At level 17, players unlock the workbench, allowing them to make various Flatpack furniture up to a level dependent upon their tier of workbench. Doing so requires the same materials as the regular furniture, and grants the experience for doing so, however the action takes far longer to perform than building and removing from an object's space. However, it is not recommended to use a flatpacking method before level 32 construction, when the player unlocks the oak workbench.

Flatpacking is significantly slower than building and removing.

Most flatpacks, excluding those including expensive materials such as the gold leaf are generally of trivial resale value. As such, players should simply drop any flatpacks they create.

The following methods are the fastest way to gain experience through flatpacking, however may not be the most cost efficient.

Level XP Needed Item # for Goal Planks Required Plank Cost Servant Cost Cost per XP
32–38 13,952 Carved oak table (flatpack).png Carved oak table (flatpack) Carved oak table (flatpack).png 39 Oak plank.png 234 -127,062 -11,250 -9.85
/ -9.05[h 1]
38–40 6,816 Teak table (flatpack).png Teak table (flatpack) Teak table (flatpack).png 19 Teak plank.png 76 -69,844 -3,654 -10.75
/ -10.21[h 2]
40–52 86,436 Mahogany bookcase (flatpack).png Mahogany bookcase (flatpack) Mahogany bookcase (flatpack).png 206 Mahogany plank.png 618 -1,286,676 -29,712 -15.21
/ -14.87[h 3]
52–99 12,910,771 Mahogany table (flatpack).png Mahogany table (flatpack) Mahogany table (flatpack).png 15,370 Mahogany plank.png 92,220 -192,002,040 -4,433,654
  1. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.
  2. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.
  3. Cost per XP without the use of a servant.