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Construction is an expensive skill to train. At low Construction levels, players typically make their own planks, use clay or limestone, and explore different rooms and furniture. To advance, most players use oak, teak, or mahogany planks to build and remove oak larders, driftwood prawnbrokers, or mahogany tables.

All constructed objects will always result in a loss of money, regardless if you make the planks or buy it off the Grand Exchange.

Typical costs for Construction experience vary from -6.77 (using player-made oak planks) to -12.26 coins per experience point (using mahogany planks bought from the Grand Exchange).

Items and bonusesEdit

Due to the cost of training construction, it is recommended to use bonus experience or other experience boosting items, such as the Constructor's outfit, sculpting chisel, and the clan avatar skilling boost. Players should also consider unlocking the scroll of proficiency for a chance to save a plank when using 3 or more.

Sculpting chisel Edit

A sculpting chisel is obtained as a reward from the Distraction and Diversion God Statues. This can be acquired at level 1 Construction by building god statue in the same location for a total of four months (non-consecutive). A chisel will grant a +1 boost to the player's construction level as well as 1% bonus construction experience, which stacks additively to the bonus from the constructor's outfit.

Constructor's outfit Edit

Similar to other skilling outfits, the Constructor's outfit will provide a total 6% bonus when the 5-piece set is donned. The set requires level 44 Construction to wear. However, obtaining the set can be quite time consuming as it is rewarded upon certain milestones in the Temple Trekking and Burgh de Rott Ramble minigame. To unlock these minigames the third quest in the Myreque quest series must be complete. If a player is pursuing the completion of all Morytania Tasks, they may consider doing this at level 44 construction.

Item XP boost
Constructor's gloves Constructor's gloves 1%
Constructor's boots Constructor's boots 1%
Constructor's hat Constructor's hat 1%
Constructor's trousers Constructor's trousers 1%
Constructor's garb Constructor's garb 1%
Sub-total 5%
Set bonus 1%
Full set 6%
  • Gloves - Get Pazuzu to level 85
  • Boots - Get Zachory Bragg to level 25
  • Hat - Get the total NPC level to 200
  • Trousers - Get the total NPC level to 300
  • Garb - Get the total NPC level to 400

Monkey butler Edit

At level 50 Construction it is possible to obtain a Monkey Butler. However, this also requires level 60 Invention. The monkey butler can carry 26 items, but unlike his other butler counterparts, there is no cost as the player uses a mind-control helmet to domesticate the monkey Steve.

Scroll of proficiency Edit

The scroll of proficiency is a Dungeoneering reward, which requires level 60 in both Dungeoneering and Construction. It will also cost 20,000 dungeoneering tokens to obtain. As aforementioned there is a chance to save planks once obtained and is broken down as follows:

  • 50% for normal planks
  • 25% for oak planks
  • 20% for teak planks
  • 10% for mahogany planks
  • 5% for protean planks

For a more detailed analysis please refer to the scroll of proficiency page.

Understanding experience earnedEdit

Experience gained is calculated from the experience per construction material used. The experience gained from making 2 items with 2 oak planks is the same as making one item with 4 oak planks. Therefore, it is more efficient to make items requiring more supplies, as the cost per experience is the same.

Cost of earning construction experienceEdit

Most materials used in Construction cannot be made with skills and must be bought from suppliers or the Grand Exchange. Wooden planks are made by handing over logs and money to the sawmill operator or by using the logs in the Portable sawmill. Construction materials that can be made by the player are soft clay, molten glass, limestone bricks, and steel bars. Even these items are normally used in combination with other bought Construction materials, except for a very few, low experience items such as clay fireplaces (3 soft clay for 30 experience). Specialty items such as gold leaves, marble blocks, and magic stones can be bought from a specialty shop in Keldagrim or the Sawmill operator in the Ithell Clan District of Prifddinas.

After completing the appropriate Morytania Tasks, one may receive 30 normal planks, 20 oak planks, or 10 teak planks daily from Razmire Keelgan, potentially worth 990, 1200, or 900 construction experience respectively.

Experience and cost per construction materialEdit


Item XP Given GE Log Cost Sawmill Fee Total Cost Cost/XP GE Plank Cost Cost/XP
Plank Plank 29 364 100 464 -16 517 -17.83
Plank Plank and
Bronze nails Bronze nails
29 364 + 15 nail 100 479 -16.52 532 -18.34
Oak plank Oak plank 60 156 250 406 -6.77 544 -9.07
Teak plank Teak plank 90 325 500 825 -9.17 921 -10.23
Mahogany plank Mahogany plank 140 750 1,500 2,250 -16.07 1,717 -12.26
Protean plank Protean plank* Varies N/A 5 coins** varies: 0-5 coins 0 to -0.03 N/A N/A


  • Slightly different experience, cost, and cost/experience point are given for different metal nails.
  • *Protean planks stack within one's inventory.
  • **Can be sawn from protean logs at 1:1 ratio for a 5 gold coin cost each.


This chart shows the experience given per object when each object is used. The cost per experience point is based on Grand Exchange prices.

Item Experience given NPC Cost Cost/XP GE Cost Cost/XP
Molten glass Molten glass 1 N/A N/A 318 -318
Clay Clay 10 N/A N/A 399 -39.9
Soft clay Soft clay 10 N/A N/A 483 -48.3
Bolt of cloth Bolt of cloth 15 650 -43.33 1,032 -68.8
Iron bar Iron bar 10 N/A N/A 594 -39.6
Steel bar Steel bar 20 N/A N/A 806 -40.3
Limestone Limestone 20 10 or 17 -0.5 or -0.85 254 -12.7
Limestone brick Limestone brick 20 21 -1.05 261 -13.05
Gold leaf Gold leaf 300 130,000 -433.33 133,627 -445.42
Marble block Marble block 500 325,000 -650 325,231 -650.46
Magic stone Magic stone 1000 975,000 -975 977,662 -977.66


  • 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. This gives 6 Crafting experience.

Special logsEdit

Special teak logs and special mahogany logs can be obtained randomly while cutting down their respective trees. These logs can be sold to a sawmill operator for 3,900 for mahogany or 1,300 for teak. If you have two of the same type, the sawmill operator will convert your inventory of logs for free in exchange for the special logs. This can be used to help reduce the cost of training Construction.


Trip timeEdit

Note: This section does not apply if the player is using Servants.

With the correct choice of teleport techniques, very little running is required to make a round trip (either two-way or three-way). This means that the total trip time is very largely dependent on how fast the player can click and select various options. To maximise the XP earned per hour depends on balancing the fastest possible round trip (i.e. least clicks) vs. a slightly slower round trip maximising the XP earned per trip. Players, therefore, vary in their precise technique - fast clickers tend to prefer the fastest possible trip. Players on slow computers or poor-quality internet connections tend to prefer maximising the XP per trip. Note that because of the relatively low cost of teleport compared to the cost of an inventory, the teleport trip cost tends not the be a factor in an optimised trip plan.

Plan round trip to optimise inventoryEdit

  • To maximise experience per trip, you need to maximise the number of planks/logs you transport per trip.
  • If you are using a beast of burden, you need at least one spare slot to swap logs/planks between the two inventories at the Plank Maker. A technique is to drop one or two planks to make this space and pick the planks when done. Alternatively, you may decide that it is quicker to have a spare slot or two.
  • Bring materials in amounts equal to the highest multiple of the required materials to construct your items that are possible per trip (e.g., carry a multiple of 8 for larders, or 10s for Oak doors) as this reduces weight by not bringing extra material that won't be used. Alternatively, build something else to use the remaining planks (e.g. if you are carrying 26 planks, build two oak doors and then build two oak armchairs to use up the last 6 planks). With careful planning, this does not need to slow down a round trip very much.
  • Making Flatpacks can be a very fast way of using up almost any "left-over" planks. For instance "Make All" Oak drawers will use up any even number of oak planks.
  • If you are three-way teleporting, always maximise your inventory of planks. Bank your unused planks and when you have enough planks, skip the sawmill teleport for a cycle.

You cannot bring a summoning familiar in your house when you're in building mode.

Experience per tripEdit

For number of planks carried. Higher numbers require a Beast of Burden.

Plank XP per item 24 28 30 44 58
Plank + Nails 29 696 812 870 1276 1682
Oak plank 60 1440 1680 1800 2640 3480
Teak plank 90 2160 2520 2700 3960 5220
Mahogany plank 140 3360 3920 4200 6160 8120


An alternative to travelling between your house and a bank is to use Servants to bring things from the bank to your house. This is faster than travelling yourself because you can build while the servant is making the trip. Better servants make the round trip faster.

Servants have a right click option that allows the fetch-from-bank menu to be brought up quickly. Furthermore, the last request is saved, so the player can repeatedly ask for the same set of items to be brought without typing the specific quantity each time.

Hotkeys and minimal mouse movementEdit

A game update in the week of March 10, 2017, allowed players to use hotkeys (also called keybinds) to navigate the construction menu, as announced here. [1] This reduces the number of mouse movements per servant run from over 9 to just 3.

After right clicking to build on a hotspot, the client opens the window titled "Select a Piece of Furniture to Build" or similar. On this window, one option is to simply click on the desired item to construct. Another option is to press the number key corresponding to that item. Note that the items on this window are not numbered, but pressing keys works anyways, and this number corresponds to the order in increasing level requirement.

After building the object, one must remove it by right-clicking it. Pressing "1" is equivalent to clicking "Yes" to "Really remove it?" If one has moved the camera carefully, then one can right-click the hotspot/object without moving the mouse. This generally saves time because one does not need to aim the cursor. However, one should eventually right-click the servant, and this involves moving the mouse. Again, the servant's dialogue can be navigated using only hotkeys. (See the Servant subsection below). Thus, with an appropriate setup, one only needs to move the mouse three times for each servant trip, with the rest of the procedure being accomplished with keystrokes and clicks. Beware of interface lag. Sometimes, pressing the right keystroke or click too early will yield the wrong action.

Remark: One may wonder why one needs a hotkey for the build window anyways. After all, the build menu can be moved so that the desired item in the same screen location as the hotspot. The reason that one needs hotkeys for the build window is as follows. First, it is very desirable that the hotspot/object can be right-clicked without moving the mouse. The only way to do this is to move the hotspot/object near the bottom of the screen. However, the build menu cannot be dragged to the bottom of the screen. Thus, the only way to achieve three mouse-movements per servant run is to use hotkeys for the build window.

Servant costEdit

Servant Construction
(after Love Story)
Food served Sawmill Capacity Trip
Rick chathead Rick 20 500
Shrimps No 6 items 60s
Queen's Guard chathead Royal Guard 20 500
Shrimps No 6 items 60s
Maid chathead Maid 25 1,000
Stew No 10 items 30s
Cook (servant) chathead Cook 30 3,000
Pineapple pizza Yes 16 items 17s
Butler chathead Butler 40 5,000
Chocolate cake Yes 20 items 12s
Demon butler chathead Demon butler 50 10,000
Curry Yes 26 items 7s
Mind-controlled monkey butler chathead Monkey butler 50 N/A Banana Yes 26 items 7s

Servant plank cost before Love StoryEdit

Material EXP Given Sawmill Plank Cost Cost/XP Cost (Cook) Cost/XP Cost (Butler) Cost/XP Cost (Demon) Cost/XP
Logs 30.5 464 -15.21 510.9 -16.8 526.5 -17.3 560.2 -18.4
Oak logs 60 406 -6.8 452.9 -7.5 468.5 -7.8 502.2 -8.4
Teak logs 90 825 -9.2 871.9 -9.7 887.5 -9.9 921.2 -10.2
Mahogany log 140 2,250 -16.1 2,296.9 -16.4 2,312.5 -16.5 2,346.2 -16.8

Servant plank cost after Love StoryEdit

Material Cost (Cook) Cost/XP Cost (Butler) Cost/XP Cost (Demon) Cost/XP
Logs 499.2 -16.4 510.9 -16.8 536.1 -17.6
Oak logs 441.2 -7.4 452.9 -7.5 478.1 -8
Teak logs 860.2 -9.6 871.9 -9.7 897.1 -10
Mahogany log 2,285.2 -16.3 2,296.9 -16.4 2,322.1 -16.6

Flatpacks Edit

Main article: Flatpack

Flatpacks are recommended as a less intensive way to train construction. Flatpacks are made in a workshop on a workbench, and can be dropped afterwards. Flatpacks can be added to the action bar to facilitate dropping.

  • Flatpacks can be sold on the Grand Exchange, however, there is very little demand for flatpacks so do not expect them to sell instantly.
  • Flatpacks can be alched, but the return is less than the cost of the runes.
  • Flatpacks may be sold to Advisor Ghrim in exchange for coins in the treasury of your kingdom, after completing the hard Fremennik Tasks. In principle, he gives 10% of the material costs. How this is calculated is not clear, but the value of a flatpack is less than 10% of the GE price of a log plus the Sawmill fee. Since the Sawmill fee is fixed, this suggests that he values the logs at less than GE price but greater than the max store price.
    • Advisor Ghrim will not take noted items.
  • Flatpacks can be traded in at the Mobilising Armies activity for Investment credits. These credits are used to get reward credits which can be used to get money or other rewards. If you choose money, you can get a refund of the cost of the flatpacks.
  • Because flatpacks can be made while not in building mode, items can be dropped. This may be the most convenient way to get rid of flatpacks.
  • Flatpacks are rarely stored if using a Servant because the return is marginal or worse given the additional cost of using a servant trip to bank them. However, if you value the flatpacks at Advisor Ghrim rates, higher value flatpacks can be worth banking. Use a BoB to accumulate enough flatpacks to make the servant journey efficient.

You need a workbench to make Flatpacks, requiring a Workshop (Level 15 Construction). Higher levelled flatpacks will require you to upgrade the workbench accordingly.

Workbench Level Required Required Materials FlatPacks Able To Build
Repair bench Repair bench 15 2 Oak Planks Broken Arrows and Broken Staves (no flatpacks)
Wooden workbench Wooden workbench 17 5 Planks, 5 Steel Nails 1-20 Furniture (Level)
Oak workbench Oak workbench 32 5 Oak Planks 1-40 Furniture (Level)
Steel framed bench Steel framed bench 46 6 Oak Planks, 4 Steel Bars 1-60 Furniture (Level)
Bench with vice Bench with vice 62 2 Oak Planks, 1 Steel Bar 1-80 Furniture (Level)
Bench with lathe icon Bench with lathe 77 2 Oak Planks, 1 Steel Bar All Furniture

Flatpack return valueEdit

The following table shows the return on an example flatback item used for training (note that all items with the same plank requirements will have different GE Sell prices but the same Advisor Ghrim return). The poor return should be compared with the total loss if an item is removed or dropped.

Flatpack Planks GE Sell Price Nominal Advisor Ghrim Return Return coins/XP
Oak magic wardrobe icon Oak magic wardrobe 4 44 162.4 -0.68
Carved oak magic wardrobe icon Carved oak magic wardrobe 6 10 243.6 -0.68
Teak magic wardrobe icon Teak magic wardrobe 4 13 330 -0.92
Carved teak magic wardrobe icon Carved teak magic wardrobe 6 43 495 -0.92
Mahogany magic wardrobe icon Mahogany magic wardrobe 4 264 900 -1.88

Note: Advisor Ghrim will value slightly less than the nominal 10% value. As a snapshot, on a particular day, he offered a return on some teak items that valued the teak log at 63 coins, assuming he gives full credit for the Sawmill fee. On the same day, the GE teak log price was 148 (plus 500 sawmills) and a teak plank 766, giving a real return of 9.7% or 8.2% respectively.

Disabling Run Edit

Disabling Run may be a good idea to slightly reduce the time loss when one accidentally clicks to walk on a square.

Recommended training methodsEdit

Level 1 to 19Edit

Skill Level: Statistics 1-19
Experience: 66 to 96 per chair
Speed: 5*****
Profit: -68,825
Requirements: None
Items required: 125 planks and around 300 iron nails
Below level 20 Construction, one cannot have a butler, so you will have to carry the items yourself. In order to do this, you could use a ring of dueling and a house teleport tablet or simply run to the bank and back.

For the first levels of Construction, you need to buy or make planks and iron nails. Start by making crude wooden chairs in your parlour and removing them, using 2 planks and 2 iron nails for each (several nails are broken while training, so one should bring plenty of spare. 13 crude wooden chairs are needed to reach level 8, at which point one can make wooden chairs. Switch to building wooden chairs up to level 19. (This saves a small amount of time and actions.)

Training from level 1 to 19 with this method would cost -67,425.

Level 19 to 33Edit

Skill Level: Statistics 19-33
Experience: 120 to 180 per chair
Speed: 5*****
Profit: -130,016
Requirements: Level 19 Construction
Items required: 239 oak planks, although 238 is possible
Make oak chairs in your parlour at the same hotspot and continue to remove them. This uses 2 oak planks each, and nails are no longer necessary. At level 26, switch to oak armchairs in the same hotspot. This uses 3 oak planks each. Training from level 19 to 33 with this method would cost -130,016.

A servant may be hired at this stage to save a small amount of time.

Level 33 to 52 or 63Edit

Skill Level: Statistics 33 - 52/63
Experience: 480 per larder
Speed: 5*****
Profit: -957,440
Requirements: Level 33 Construction
Items required: 1760 oak planks for 52 or 5840 oak planks for 63, 8 oak planks each
After level 33, you can make oak larders in your Kitchen. First, create the kitchen by clicking to build on a Door hotspot. Creating oak larders these costs 8 oak plank. It will take 1760 oak planks to go from 33 to 52 construction building oak larders and another 16,211 oak planks to get to 74 Construction. At level 40, you should go to the Servants' Guild to hire a Butler, and at level 50, upgrade to a Demon Butler or Mind-controlled monkey butler. Servants can be used to bring you planks, thus speeding up your construction training. The fastest way to do this is right click the servant and select the option to fetch items from the bank. If using the Butler, you can make an average of 2.5 oak larders per round; if using the demon butler, you can make an average of 3.25 oak larders per round.

When making oak larders with a butler, demon butler or monkey butler, repeatedly request planks, then build and remove larders. With the regular butler, you can alternate 2 and 3 larders per round, whereas, with the demon butler or monkey butler, you can build 3 larders on 2 / 3 of the rounds and 4 larders on 1 / 3 of the rounds.

It is possible to save money by not using a butler, however, this greatly lowers your experience per hour. Monkey butler should be hired, if you have the required invention level, as there are no charges.

Players should stop making oak larders at level 52 if they wish to train using mahogany planks. Mahogany tables are the second fastest construction experience in the game but are not very commonly made because of cost. As teak planks are sometimes cheaper per experience than oak planks, you can switch to driftwood prawnbrokers at level 63. (At current market prices, oak planks are cheaper.)

Training from level 33 to 52 with this method would cost -955,808 coins.

Training from level 33 to 63 with this method would cost -3,176,960 coins.

Level 52 to 99 (Easier method)Edit

Skill Level: Statistics 52
Experience: 840 each
Speed: 5*****
Profit: -158,341,740
Requirements: Level 52 Construction, workshop with a Steel framed bench
Items required: 92220 mahogany planks, 6 mahogany planks each (flat pack)
The easiest long-term training method, requiring significantly less attention than building and destroying. 4 mahogany tables can be made per round, with the butler fetching 24 from the bank each round. The flatpacks can be disassembled (an excellent source of simple parts) or dropped. Dropping is slightly faster as disassembly resets the workbench interface.

Flatpacking is slightly slower than build and destroy, with experience rates maxing at about 500,000 per hour.

Training from level 52 to 99 with this method would cost -158,341,740 coins.

Level 52 to 73 (Expensive method)Edit

Skill Level: Statistics 52
Experience: 840 each
Speed: 5*****
Profit: -10,662,570
Requirements: Level 52 Construction, a dining room or a Steel framed bench
Items required: 6210 mahogany planks, 6 mahogany planks each
The second-fastest method in the game is making Mahogany tables in the Dining room, using a demon or monkey butler to bring you planks, building 4 tables per round, and 5 every third round. Players who are somewhat slow at building and removing tables may wish to save a bit of money by using a normal butler and building 3 tables per round and 4 every third round.

Experience per hour rates for building mahogany tables vary widely among players depending on attention and which butler is being used. A basic range of 350,000 experience to 500,000 experience an hour can be expected, with some players even exceeding 600,000 experience an hour.

Training from level 52 to 73 with this method would cost -10,662,570 coins.

Level 63 to 99 (Cheaper method) Edit

Skill Level: Statistics 63
Experience: 720
Speed: 5*****
Profit: -129,617,856
Requirements: Level 63 Construction, Aquarium
Items required: 140736 Teak Planks, 8 teak planks each
The most teak planks that can be used on a single item is a driftwood prawnbroker.

A monkey butler is recommended to fetch 24 teak planks in one trip from the bank (a demon butler can also be used, but is slower). Then, three prawnbrokers can be made at 720 experience points each.This method is able to earn approximately 500,000 experience per hour.

Make sure to use 3D world editing (Settings -> Edit Mode -> 3D world editing) and make the world as small as possible and drag it to the bottom of the screen. This will make the "build" and "remove" options line up with a right click.

Training from level 63 to 99 with this method would cost -129,617,856 coins.

Level 73 to 99 (Expensive method)Edit

Skill Level: Statistics 73
Experience: 1120 each
Speed: 5*****
Profit: -147,689,472
Requirements: Level 73 Construction, an aquarium room
Items required: 86016 mahogany planks, 8 mahogany planks each
By far the most efficient way to train Construction, yielding experience rates between 650,000 and 900,000 experience per hour, is making Flotsam prawnbrokers.

The method consists of building 2 flotsam prawnbrokers, then fetching 24 mahogany planks with a monkey or demon butler, and while the butler is away at the bank, destroying the currently built prawnbroker, rebuilding another one, and destroying it again, by which time the monkey or demon butler will have returned to give you 24 more mahogany planks. Then, 2 more are built, and the process is repeated.

Make sure to use 3D world editing (Settings -> Edit Mode -> 3D world editing) and make the world as small as possible and drag it to the bottom of the screen. This will make the "build" and "remove" options line up with a right click.

Training from level 73 to 99 with this method would cost -147,689,472 coins.

Free construction experience bonusesEdit

  • Long bones and Curved bones can be turned into Barlak to get 1,500 Construction experience and 2,000 coins or 2,250 experience and 2,500 coins, respectively.
  • God Statues is a monthly Distraction and Diversion that grants Construction experience based on your level, in addition to Slayer or Prayer experience.
  • Completing daily challenges for Construction guarantees reimbursement for used planks (for most flatpack items) in the form of other items, as well as additional experience.
  • Harps in Prifddinas will give slow, but free construction experience.
  • Free players can level Construction to level 5. Unfortunately, they don't have any training methods for Construction so they can only level up by using lamps.

Historical (Seasonal) BonusesEdit

  • Royal Battleship Kits, commonly known referred to as an "RBK", were obtainable as a Treasure Hunter reward on several occasions. They were also a possible reward during Summer Beach Parties as via a Treasure Map. Players who still have this item(s) and are aiming to achieve 99 in the construction skill should use these at level 98 as this will yield the most experience because RBKs rewarded experience scales with one's construction level.

Alternative methods of gaining experience Edit

Some quests grant Construction experience. See here for more details.