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. Alternatively, they may complete the Daddy's Home miniquest, which gives a home as one of its rewards, as well as a crate of Construction supplies and enough experience to reach level 8. 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 the player.

Players will need a saw and a hammer to build items. It is recommended to have level 40 Magic to be able to cast Teleport to House. Alternatively, players can break a teleport to house tablets.

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. Planks yield the same amount of experience per plank regardless of what furniture is built, except for the mounted mythical cape and some low-level furniture which use regular planks. 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 inventory imageOak plank 44,512 −18,205,408 -6.82
50-83 Teak plank inventory imageTeak plank and Mythical cape inventory imageMythical cape 20,853 −15,076,719 -5.86
52-83 Mahogany plank inventory imageMahogany plank 18,211 −33,981,726 -13.33
66-83 Teak plank inventory imageTeak plank 28,576 −20,660,448 -8.03

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 inventory imageOak plank 217,201 −88,835,209 -6.82
50-99 Teak plank inventory imageTeak plank and Mythical cape inventory imageMythical cape 104,865 −75,817,395 -5.86
52-99 Mahogany plank inventory imageMahogany plank 92,214 −172,071,324 -13.33
66-99 Teak plank inventory imageTeak plank 139,314 −100,724,022 -8.03

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 the player-owned 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 requires completion of Death to the Dorgeshuun to access. These bones are only dropped by monsters which also drop big bones. Even then, the special bones are rare, with long bones having a drop rate of 1/400 and curved bones at a rate of 1/5,000.

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 for 5 coins each. This is faster than fetching the planks from a bank. It is recommended to bring weight-reducing gear, such as the graceful outfit, so players will not deplete run energy as fast when going to and from their 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 can 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.

Players can complete Daddy's Home miniquest, which grants a total of 944 Construction experience. This will get the player up from level 1 to 8.

Levels XP needed Object Room Materials required (each) XP each # for goal Materials required (total) Money spent
1-4 276 px Crude wooden chair Parlour 2 Plank inventory imagePlank, at least 2 Steel nails inventory imageSteel nails Construction 58 Crude wooden chair 5 10 Plank inventory imagePlank, ~20 Steel nails inventory imageSteel nails −5,680
4-9 693 px Wooden bookcase Parlour 4 Plank inventory imagePlank, at least 4 Steel nails inventory imageSteel nails Construction 115 Wooden bookcase 7 28 Plank inventory imagePlank, ~56 Steel nails inventory imageSteel nails −7,984
9-15 1,442 px Wooden larder Kitchen 8 Plank inventory imagePlank, at least 8 Steel nails inventory imageSteel nails Construction 228 Wooden larder 7 56 Plank inventory imagePlank, ~112 Steel nails inventory imageSteel nails −15,040
15-16 335 px Repair bench Workshop 2 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank Construction 120 Repair bench 3 6 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank −2,454
16-22 2,878 px Crafting table 1 Workshop 4 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank Construction 240 Crafting table 1 12 48 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank −19,632
22-31 9,209 px Oak dining table Dining room 4 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank Construction 240 Oak dining table 39 156 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank −63,804
31-33 3,414 px Carved oak table Dining room 6 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank Construction 360 Carved oak table 10 60 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank −24,540
1-33 18,247 94 Plank inventory imagePlank, 270 Oak plank inventory imageOak plank,
and ~188 Steel nails inventory imageSteel nails
−137,126

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 inventory image Oak larder Oak larder 220 Oak plank 1,760 −719,840 −84,615.00 -7.62
/ -6.82[b 1]
33-74 1,078,031 Oak larder 2,246 Oak plank 17,968 −7,348,912 −863,846.00
  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:

Tick 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

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 1,351,921 Mahogany table inventory image Mahogany table Mahogany table 1,610 Mahogany plank 9,660 −18,025,560 −464,423.00 -13.67
/ -13.33[c 1]
52-99 12,910,771 Mahogany table 15,370 Mahogany plank 92,220 −172,071,324 −4,433,365.00
77-99 11,558,850 px Gnome bench Gnome bench 13,761 Mahogany plank 82,566 −154,068,156 −3,969,519.00
  1. ^ Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–99: Mahogany Homes[edit | edit source]

Mahogany Homes is a slower but cheaper and less click-intensive alternative to traditional Construction training. Players work as a contractor for the Mahogany Homes company, repairing furniture in NPC houses throughout Falador, Varrock, East Ardougne, and Hosidius. As such, it is highly recommended that players have teleports available to all four cities, such as teleport tablets or runes, and a charged Xeric's talisman for Hosidius.

Estimated costs for this training method are -2.25 GP/XP for Novice contracts, -2.60 GP/XP for Adept contracts, and -5.47 GP/XP for Expert contracts (see chart below). A hammer and saw is required as well as the level requirement for each tier and respective materials. No nails are required.

To begin, speak to Amy in Falador as the owner of a player-owned house. Players can then take on a contract depending on their Construction level. Amy provides additional rewards, such as the carpenter's outfit for bonus construction experience, the plank sack, and supply crates. Additional contracts can be acquired from Amy, or from Marlo in Varrock, Ellie in East Ardougne, or Angelo in Hosidius.

NPC houses for repair tend to be located near estate agents which also house the aforementioned contractors. NPCs will also offer the player a "cuppa tea," replenishing run energy to 100% after completing the contract.

Levels Tier Estimated XP/hr Estimated XP/hr

(plank sack)

Planks/hr Planks/hr

(plank sack)

Bars/hr Estimated GP/hr Estimated GP/hr

(plank sack)

1 Beginner 30,000-35000 35,000-40,000 350-400 375-425 ~18 −102,222 −108,522
20 Novice 65,000-75,000 75,000-85,000 375-425 425-475 ~22 −173,038 −193,488
50 Adept 110,000-125,000 130,000-145,000 400-450 450-500 ~23 −317,142 −353,292
70 Expert 165,000-190,000 190,000-225,000 425-500 500-575 ~25 −874,683 −1,014,633
Levels Tier Item Average Average
Steel bar inventory imageSteel bar
Average XP GP/XP Average XP (Outfit) GP/XP (Outfit)
1 Beginner Plank inventory image Plank 9.7 0.5 865.01 -3.07 874.14 -3.04
20 Novice Oak plank inventory image Oak plank 9.84 0.5 1,887.44 -2.25 1,903.38 -2.23
50 Adept Teak plank inventory image Teak plank 11.5 0.5 3,275.58 -2.60 3,301.22 -2.58
70 Expert Mahogany plank inventory image Mahogany plank 12.71 0.5 4,373.37 -5.47 4,413.95 -5.42

Levels 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). Building them requires completion of Dragon Slayer II, which requires having at least level 50 Construction. 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.

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) inventory image Mounted mythical cape Mythical cape (mounted) 1,068 Teak plank 3,204 −2,316,492 −154,038.00 -6.25
/ -5.86[e 1]
50-99 12,933,098 Mythical cape (mounted) 34,955 Teak plank 104,865 −75,817,395 −5,041,587.00
  1. ^ Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Levels 66–74/99: Teak benches[edit | edit source]

Building teak benches is a cheaper but significantly 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. Any mistakes will lower the experience rates considerably, and players may get faster rates with other options.

Players can gain a maximum of around 700,000 experience per hour building garden benches at level 66 with perfect execution, however, most players should expect to gain 500,000 to 600,000 experience per hour. It should take just about 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 inventory image Teak garden bench Teak garden bench 319 Teak plank 1,914 −1,383,822 −92,019.00 -8.57
/ -8.03[f 1]
66-74 600,024 Teak garden bench 1,112 Teak plank 6,672 −4,823,856 −320,769.00
66-99 12,538,177 Teak garden bench 23,219 Teak plank 139,314 −100,724,022 −6,697,788.00
  1. ^ Cost per XP without the use of a servant.

Levels 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 270,000–300,000 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 inventory image Oak dungeon door Oak door 19,897 Oak plank 198,970 −81,378,730 −9,948,500.00 -7.65
/ -6.82[g 1]
  1. ^ Cost per XP without the use of a servant.