Construction is generally an expensive skill to train. There are very few methods to train without losing money. 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 dungeon doors, carved teak magic wardrobes, or mahogany tables. These methods award only experience in return for used materials. Even if the planks are made by the player, money is still lost by paying for use of the sawmill, Plank Make spell or even with the Portable sawmill.
Typical costs for Construction experience vary from 5.8 (using player-made oak planks) to 15 coins per experience point (using mahogany planks bought from the Grand Exchange).
Items and bonusesEdit
Bonus experience or double experience cuts costs in half.
The Scroll of proficiency unlocks the ability to save a plank when using 3 or more planks.
Understanding experience earnedEdit
Most built items require multiple construction materials to make. The experience gained is calculated from the experience per construction material used. For instance, the experience gained from making two of an item that requires 2 oak planks gives exactly the same experience as a single item that requires 4 oak planks, thus making the single item (in this example) faster for the same experience and cost.
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). Speciality items such as gold leaves, marble blocks, and magic stones can be bought from a specialty shop in Keldagrim.
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.
Balancing time spent "spending" vs. time spent earningEdit
To gain construction experience you need to spend money, and therefore any training regime must include time not earning experience but earning money. There are many options available (outlined in the rest of this article) to balance speed of earning experience against cost of earning experience. The optimum balance for any player depends on the players ability to earn money in a given time. This ability changes with time and general advancement through RuneScape.
Therefore to maintain the optimum balance, a player must constantly re-evaluate any marginal time-consuming processes, weighing any tiny amount of lost time against the probable money they could have earned in the lost few seconds.
One decent plan is to train Farming at the same time. During the time it takes for your plant to grow, you can train Construction. When your product is ready, there is a great chance that you have lowered the gap from money loss or maybe even earn some extra money.
The fastest possible practical plan is probably making mahogany tables, using mahogany planks bought from the Grand Exchange, not travelling but using a Demon Butler to bring the planks, constructed with "make all" on a workbench and dropped to the ground after making while having the Demon Butler bring more planks, without using bonus experience. A player can not drop items while seated at a workbench. The Demon Butler will deliver planks to a player's inventory while the player is seated at a workbench if he is aligned properly. However even small tweaks to this plan would save millions, and significantly cheaper plans would save as much as a hundred million coins before the player earned their skill cape. Alternatively, if the player has several billions to spare, there are even faster plans possible!
Building mahogany tables gives one of the fastest experience rates in RuneScape and uniquely this method is available from a relatively low construction level.
Costs for different materialsEdit
The cost to get from level 80 (1,986,068 experience) to level 99 (13,034,431 experience), using grand exchange plank price and not including the cost of travel or servants, is:
|Material||Number||Experience||Cost per material||Total cost||Coins/xp|
Using servants to make the planks cheapens teak and oak considerably relative to mahogany planks and marble blocks. In particular, teak is less expensive than oak.
Experience and cost per construction materialEdit
|Item||XP Given||GE Log Cost||Sawmill Fee||Total Cost||Cost/XP||GE Plank Cost||Cost/XP|
| Plank and|
|29||97 + 11 nail||100||208||7.17||180||6.21|
- Slightly different experience, cost, and cost / experience point is given for different metal nails.
- The cost of any extra transportation methods to get to the Sawmill are not included.
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||1032||68.8|
|Limestone||20||10 or 17||0.5 or 0.85||327||16.35|
- 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 logs are another method of lowering the cost of training. They are obtained randomly when chopping down teak or mahogany trees. If a player has two special mahogany or teak logs in their inventory and 26 or 27 "normal" teak or mahogany logs, then the Sawmill Operator will exchange 2 special logs for 26 / 27 free planks. Also, the Sawmill Operator WILL accept noted special logs (but not regular noted logs), so a player can make 27 planks for free at the same time. This may be a great method of obtaining teak and mahogany planks if a player wants to train woodcutting as well. Special logs cannot be traded. It is HIGHLY recommended that special mahogany logs are used to make an inventory-full of mahogany planks, and then sell the resulting planks so that you can get many more teak planks.
Run to bankEdit
Running is free, but Construction requires large quantities of materials, and generally player-owned house portals are not in particularly convenient locations for running to and from banks, save Yanille, Taverley, Prifddinas, and Mazcab. See the player-owned-house portal page for information on choosing a house location. It is recommended to have a house at Taverley or, if you have sufficient levels, Prifddinas.
Teleport to houseEdit
Generally, after advancing beyond lower levels, players teleport to and from their house to a bank, which consists of teleporting to the house via runes (1 law rune, earth rune, and air rune plus a softened clay.) To save an inventory slot, use a staff. To save two inventory slots use law staff and dust rune or a Teleport to House tablet at greater cost.
Teleport to House costs 270 coins for each cast with all the runes above; 606 coins when using dust runes, 210 coins when using a staff of air, or 260 coins when using an earth, lava, or mud staff, with Law staff and Dust rune 586 coins on average. A teleport tablet costs 2029 coins.
Teleport to bankEdit
All teleports built into the house are free once built. The closest teleport to a bank is Al Kharid, from a mounted amulet of glory in your Quest Hall. Portals to Varrock, Falador or Kharyrll can also teleport you close to a bank. Alternatively, use a ring of duelling to teleport to Castle Wars bank - this then allows you take a balloon to the Sawmill. A free way for users to teleport close to a bank with no level or quest requirements is with the Ring of Kinship which teleports you a few clicks south of a Fremennik banker. A TokKul-Zo can teleport next to the Fight Caves bank, quickly and infinitely for free. If you do not have the required construction level to build a portal room, or do not wish to use inventory / equipment space for a ring, another good way to access a bank is by the Burthorpe lodestone.
Teleport to sawmillEdit
If players wish to run logs themselves, it is highly recommended to use the Plank Maker by the Taverley House portal instead of the Sawmill Operator northeast of Varrock. Players can run north from the Taverley bank to easily reach the Plank Maker. Alternatively, players can move their house to Taverley and use Teleport to House or, after the completion of Love Story, use chipped House teletabs. A ring of duelling or TokKul-Zo is recommended for the teleport to a bank. There is also the Sawmill Operator elf in Prifddinas who is located right near the Prifddinas house portal.
A two-way teleport is going to the bank (withdraw necessary items), then to the house and then to the bank, repeating the process indefinitely. The most efficient route is:
- Teleport to the TzHaar City using TokKul-Zo, or teleport to Castle Wars using ring of duelling
- House teleport
Using a combination of either elemental staves and runes can save inventory spaces, and reduce costs.
If a player lacks the TokKul-Zo and wishes to travel for free, options exist. The Lodestone Network can be used to teleport to a bank, with Burthorpe's bank being closest to its lodestone. The Yanille and Taverley house portals are close to their respective lodestones. For players in a clan, the clan vexillum is also an option. The Skull of Remembrance can also teleport to a bank, but it takes up an inventory slot as it cannot be equipped.
A three-way teleport is going to the bank, then to the sawmill, then to the house, and then back to the bank, etc. The most efficient route requires a house in Taverley with the Teleport to House spell set to teleport to the outside of the house portal.
- Teleport to House, taking the player outside the Taverley portal
- Convert logs to planks at the Plank Maker a few steps to the east
- Go into the house
- Teleport using one of the several options listed above, or through the house's portal chamber or mounted amulet of glory
Instead of teleporting, many players use a personal servant to fetch items from the bank, or get logs converted at the Sawmill. The servant will charge a fee for every 8 trips (higher level servants charge more), but this is generally faster than teleporting yourself. The fee is reduced by 25% after completion of the Love Story quest.
- 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 is 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|
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.
(after Love Story)
|Rick||20|| 500 coins|
|Royal Guard||20|| 500 coins|
|Maid||25|| 1,000 coins|
|Cook||30|| 3,000 coins|
|Pineapple pizza||Yes||16 items||17s|
|Butler||40|| 5,000 coins|
|Chocolate cake||Yes||20 items||12s|
|Demon butler||50|| 10,000 coins|
|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|
Servant plank cost after Love StoryEdit
|Material||Cost (Cook)||Cost/XP||Cost (Butler)||Cost/XP||Cost (Demon)||Cost/XP|
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 the return is very poor. The volume traded is also very low. Not every flatpack is worth selling. Flatpacks can also be sold to shops for even poorer prices.
- 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)
|Workbench||Level Required||Required Materials||FlatPacks Able To Build|
|Repair bench||15||2 Oak Planks||Broken Arrows and Broken Staves (no flatpacks)|
|Wooden workbench||17||5 Planks, 5 Steel Nails||1-20 Furniture (Level)|
|Oak workbench||32||5 Oak Planks||1-40 Furniture (Level)|
|Steel framed bench||46||6 Oak Planks, 4 Steel Bars||1-60 Furniture (Level)|
|Bench with vice||62||2 Oak Planks, 1 Steel Bar||1-80 Furniture (Level)|
|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 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||4||42||126.4||0.53|
|Carved oak magic wardrobe||6||3||189.6||0.53|
|Teak magic wardrobe||4||8||232.4||0.65|
|Carved teak magic wardrobe||6||9||348.6||0.65|
|Mahogany magic wardrobe||4||90||791.2||1.65|
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 sawmill) and a teak plank 766, giving a real return of 9.7% or 8.2% respectively.
One way to decrease the cost of Construction is to use bonus experience. Bonus experience effectively doubles any experience gained in the Construction skill, thus halving the time it would take to reach a certain level or amount of experience.
Returnable item constructionEdit
There are a few decorative items that can be built that require a special construction item (e.g. a Mounted sword requires a sword as well as two teak planks to build). Building these gives more XP than the planks alone, but if the item is then destroyed, the construction item is returned. This can be repeated continuously, effectively increasing the XP given per plank.
|Level||Item||XP||Items Needed|| Cost/XP |
GE Log Price
| Cost/XP |
GE Plank Price
|28||Basic decorative armour stand||135||2 Oak planks, 1 Basic decorative helm, 1 Basic decorative platebody, 1 Basic decorative shield||4.68||7.01|
|28||Detailed decorative armour stand||150||2 Oak planks, 1 Detailed decorative helm, 1 Detailed decorative platebody, 1 Detailed decorative shield||4.21||6.31|
|28||Intricate decorative armour stand||165||2 Oak Planks, 1 Intricate decorative helm, 1 Intricate decorative platebody, 1 Intricate decorative shield||3.83||5.73|
|28||Profound decorative armour stand||180||2 Oak Planks, 1 Profound decorative helm, 1 Profound decorative platebody, 1 Profound decorative shield||3.51||5.26|
|28||Mith armour stand||135||2 Oak Plank, Mithril full helm / body / skirt||4.68||7.01|
|28||Adamant armour stand||150||2 Oak Planks, Adamant full helm / body / skirt||4.21||6.31|
|28||Rune armour stand||165||2 Oak Planks, Rune full helm / body / skirt||3.83||5.73|
|42||Silverlight (mounted)||187||2 Teak Planks, Silverlight||6.21||7.33|
|42||Excalibur (mounted)||194||2 Teak Planks, Excalibur||5.99||7.06|
|42||Darklight (mounted)||202||2 Teak Planks, Darklight||5.75||6.78|
|47||Anti-dragon shield (mounted)||280||3 Teak Planks, Anti-Dragon Shield||6.23||7.34|
|47||Amulet of glory (mounted)||290||3 Teak Planks, Uncharged Amulet of Glory||6.01||7.09|
|47||Cape of legends (mounted)||300||3 Teak Planks, Cape of Legends||5.81||6.85|
- Armour stands are rarely used for training because of the disadvantage of needing 3 spare inventory slots for the armour each time you remove the stand. However, using servants to hold the planks, this technique is viable.
- Mounted stuffed fish trophies do not return the stuffed fish.
- Profound Armour Stands have the distinction of being the cheapest reasonably made construction training (limestone fireplaces are the cheapest at 1.05 gp/xp without bonus experience if you buy the bricks from the store at 21gp a brick).
Recommended training methodsEdit
|Item||Room||Planks / nails required||Level||Butler?||GP per XP||Notes|
|Crude wooden chair||Parlour||2 planks and 2 nails (Recommended: Mithril nails)||1-33||No||Approx. 5.45 GP/xp, plus the price of nails.||630 planks required for 1-33. A lot more than 630 nails required for 1-33 (you bend a lot of nails at low levels).|
|Oak larder||Kitchen||8 oak planks||33-52 or 74||Butler, at level 40||Approx. 7.88 GP/xp.||Players should stop making oak larders at level 52 if they wish to start using mahogany planks.|
|Cape of legends (mounted)||Quest hall||3 Teak Planks, Cape of Legends||47-99 (Cheap method)||Demon butler or Butler||Approx. 6.85 GP/xp, excluding price of one Cape of Legends.||Fair price, the cape make the teak plank xp go to 100 each and never vanish. 45-55K xp / hour (no butler). 100xp / plank|
|Carved teak magic wardrobe||Costume room||6 Teak planks||69-99 (Cheap and easy method)||Demon butler||Approx. 7.61 GP/xp.||This is cheaper than making both mahogany tables and oak dungeon doors. 250-300k xp / hour.|
|Mahogany table||Dining room||6 Mahogany planks||52-73 (Expensive method)||Demon butler||Approx. 14.94 GP/xp.||Fairly expensive. 450-700k xp / hour. 140xp / plank|
|Flotsam prawnbroker||Aquarium||8 Mahogany planks||73-99 (Expensive method)||Demon butler||Approx. 14.94 GP/xp.||Fairly expensive. 140xp / plank. Same cost as mahogany tables, but yields faster xp rates. 650k-900k xp / hour.|
Level 1 to 33Edit
|Experience:||66 per chair|
|Requirements:||40 magic or Teleport to house tablets greatly expedite the process|
|At 1 to 33 Construction, one cannot have a butler. Train by using ring of kinship or Rings of duelling or Amulets of glory to teleport to a bank to get more planks, and using a House teleport spell or tablet to get back to your house. The Mobilising Armies teleport works too for teleporting to a bank. The Ring of Kinship is also an option, but is considerably slower than all of the aforementioned methods of banking, and is not recommended due to the ability to save Rings of Duelling with 1 charge and make them free to use.
A slower way, albeit much cheaper, is by moving your house to Taverley (after the January 31st Update of Burthorpe / Taverley, the first house you buy is automatically located in Taverley) and using the bank that located a short distance south of the house portal. To help with the running, take off heavy armour and wear weight-reducing clothing.
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. Repeat this process until you are out of planks or reach level 17 Construction. It take 96 planks and nails (but make / buy more nails in case they bend) to get to 17 Construction. If you are going from 1 to 33, it will require you to make 277 crude wooden chairs, which is 554 planks, and 554 iron nails plus extras to compensate for them bending. An economic way is to wear Seer's headband and cut the logs, with the band only 14 cuts are enough for a full inventory, and they can be immediately be exchanged for planks at sawmill for 100 coins each. These planks can be banked at Varrock east bank, repeating the process would be a short trip.
There is another way to train at low construction levels that is cheaper than using planks, although it is slower. Have your house at Rimmington and mine some clay in the mining area north-east of the portal. Use the clay with a well to create soft clay. Alternatively (and much more quickly) a bracelet of clay can be used. Repeat the softening of the clay until all the clay has been softened. Next, you should go into your house and build a Parlour for 1000 coins (if you have not already) and build a clay fireplace in it. Afterwards, remove the fireplace and repeat until you are at your desired level. The clay fireplace is a good choice because it gives 30 construction experience, however it requires level three to build, so follow the above process to reach level 3. This way, you can level up more quickly, and you do not have to travel as far. This is also very useful due to the expenses of gathering the materials can be kept very low. This is a highly recommended strategy for low-level and poor players to use.
You may also keep on building Oak dining tables or Crafting table 1 by taking them down over and over until you reach level 33. This is the fastest and cheapest way to train construction.
Training from level 1 to 33 with this method would cost 107,820 coins.
Level 33 to 52 or 74Edit
|Skill Level:||33 - 52 / 74|
|Experience:||480 per larder|
|Items required:||8 oak planks|
|After level 33, you can make oak larders in your Kitchen. Creating 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. To build these at the fastest speed, a butler or demon butler should be used. At level 40, you should go to the Servants' Guild to hire a Butler, and at level 50, you should hire a Demon Butler though this is quite an expensive way considering demon butlers cost 10k per 8 uses. 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 or demon 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, 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 and / or by making the planks yourself. A possible method is to woodcut oak logs outside your house, then enter your house and send your butler to the sawmill to make planks. Then, make oak larders and leave to cut more oaks. Alternatively, do not use a butler and instead bank (teleport to Castle Wars and then teleport back with Home teleport, or alternatively run to Yanille bank from your house in Yanille) after every 3 larders to get more planks. However, it will be much slower experience if you use either of these methods and the money saved may not be worth the extra time spent (remember the cost of teleports).
Teak Larders may be made at level 43, but they take 2 bolts of cloth in addition to 8 teak planks, and this extra material required raises the cost significantly and slows down experience due to the need to request 2 types of materials.
The fastest way to get experience from oak larders would to first come with a full inventory of oak planks (Keeping your money in the bank or money pouch, wielding a Golden Hammer to take the place of a hammer, or have a hammer in your toolbelt, and your saw in the toolbelt) and having the Butler servant.
Once in your house, build the first oak larder, then remove it. Next use the 'Fetch-from-bank' right-click option on your butler and choose 20 oak planks. Now since you are able to make 3 oak larders from a single full inventory, build another oak larder, remove, build a third one and remove. This will have taken up the time it takes for the butler to get to the bank and back, thus not wasting any time. With this second inventory you will be able to make 3 oak larders if you have all tools in toolbelt and money in pouch / bank. Build the first then use the right-click option 'Fetch-from-bank' again on the butler to receive 20 more oak planks. Then quickly remove the last oak larder built and replace it with a new one, and build another and remove it. Once the butler returns you should have 20 planks, so you can only make 2 this time. (This may make the process sound very complicated but it is actually quite easy to get used to) Repeat this short process until you reach the level or experience you are going for, or your planks run out or you get bored. A quick player is often able to send the servant away as soon as the servant returns, and use all their planks within the time it takes for the servant to fetch the planks, but this can be hard work. Try out sending the servant off at different points and find which one works best for you, to maximize efficiency.
Also, for the same xp, you can make carved oak tables (flatpacked or in the dining room) until the desired level. The tables use 6 oak planks per table / flatpack and you can use the two extra planks per inventory to make an oak chair.
Players should stop making oak larders at level 52 if they wish to train using mahogany planks. Mahogany tables are the fastest construction experience in the game, but are not very commonly made because they cost more per construction experience than oak. As teak planks are cheaper per experience than oak planks, it is recommended to switch to Carved teak magic wardrobes at level 69.
Training from level 33 to 52 with this method would cost 831,061 coins.
Training from level 33 to 74 with this method would cost 8,498,864 coins.
Level 69 to 99 (Cheaper method) Edit
|Requirements:||Level 69 Construction, Workshop with Workbench|
|Items required:||6 Teak Planks|
|The most teak planks that can be used on a single item is a carved teak magic wardrobe. These can either be built and destroyed in a costume room, or flatpacked in a workshop. Due to the much lower intensity of flatpacking, this is strongly recommended over building in a costume room.
A demon butler is recommended to fetch 24 or 26 teak planks in one trip from the bank. Then, four wardrobes can be flatpacked at 540 experience points each. These can then be dropped using the Action bar. This method is able to earn approximately 300,000 experience per hour.
Training from level 69 to 99 with this method would cost 94,122,425 coins.
Level 52 to 73 (Expensive method)Edit
|Requirements:||Level 52 Construction, a dining room or a Steel framed bench|
|Items required:||6 mahogany planks|
|The second-fastest method in the game is making Mahogany tables in the Dining room, using a Demon 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. Some players get around 350k experience per hour (these people often use a normal butler), while some get over 450k (these people use demon butlers). Some players are even able to get over 500k experience per hour. The theoretical maximum experience per hour with mahogany tables is somewhere around 650k experience per hour, and some players can get over 600k experience per hour. All these experience rates are given WITHOUT bonus experience.
It is also worth noting that mahogany planks are the best planks to make using the Plank make spell, which is a very fast way to train magic, and therefore a player may find it convenient to combine this spell with building Mahogany tables to avoid a trading step.
Training from level 52 to 73 with this method would cost 12,991,320 coins. Training beyond level 73 using this method is not recommended, as there is a faster method unlocked at level 73, which costs the same as this method.
Level 73 to 99 (Expensive method)Edit
|Requirements:||Level 73 Construction, an aquarium room|
|Items required:||8 mahogany planks|
|By far the most efficient way to train Construction, yielding experience rates between 650k and 900k xp / hour (as verified in practice), making Flotsam prawnbrokers costs the same as making mahogany tables, but this method yields 280 more xp in the same amount of time, therefore making it more efficient.
The method consists of building 2 flotsam prawnbrokers, then un-certing 24 mahogany planks with a demon butler, and while the latter is away at the bank, destroying the currently built prawnbroker, rebuilding another one, and destroying it again, by which time the demon butler will have returned to give you 24 more mahogany planks. Then, 2 more are built, and the process is repeated.
Note that only the first time, the noted mahogany planks in the player's inventory need to be used on the demon butler and have him directed to un-cert 24 of them. All subsequent times (until the player logs out) only require the player to select the right-click option of "Fetch-from-bank" on the demon butler, and selecting Option 1.
Training from level 73 to 99 with this method would cost 179,945,472 coins.
It seems that the most popular way to get 99 construction is to use teak planks. The second most popular way is to use mahogany planks. It is recommended to use servants to bring planks from the bank, as this speeds up the training considerably.
Free construction experience bonusesEdit
- You can use Long bones or Curved bones to get 1,500 Construction experience and 2,000gp or 2,250xp and 2,500gp, respectively. This is profitable but a slow way to train and requires nothing but Combat. The combat experience earned from this method is also an extra bonus.
- You can get Construction experience from Minigames, Distractions and Diversions and Lamps as well. The skill you choose is optional (except sometimes in Treasure Hunter). There is a monthly Distraction and Diversion dedicated to Construction: God Statues.
- 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.
Planks with Portable sawmillsEdit
With the introduction of portable sawmills players can now saw logs faster than before. Portable sawmills last 5 minutes and will saw the entire inventory of logs at a 10% discount. This is an expensive and slow method to obtain planks but if you prioritise afk over cost or time involved, crafting mahogany planks on the sawmill is advised. Note that there are friends chats where players share their portable sawmills for free, so consider looking on the forums for one if you are unwilling to buy your own sawmills.
***As of an update in May 2016, portable sawmills no longer give a chance of receiving protean planks.
Alternative methods of gaining experience EditSome quests grant Construction experience. See here for more details.