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How to get planks in Lego Fortnite

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A Lego person stands next to planks in a field at sunset in Lego Fortnite. Image: Epic Games via Polygon
Ari Notis (he/him) is a guides editor at Polygon, where he writes, edits, and shepherds service-oriented articles about the biggest games du jour. He previously worked at Kotaku.

Planks are a key early resource in Lego Fortnite, the survival-crafting mode introduced in Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1.

You’ll need planks to progress your village past level 2, but it’s not immediately obvious how to get them. Here’s how to get planks in Lego Fortnite.


How to make planks in Lego Fortnite

An explorer makes a lumber mill to get planks in Lego Fortnite. Image: Epic Games via Polygon

To make planks in Lego Fortnite, you’ll need to build a lumber mill. In the Build menu, the lumber mill is the second item on the “Utility” page, located under the “Stations” section. It costs eight wood and 15 granite. You should be able to find plenty of both in close vicinity to your starting area.

Once you’ve constructed a lumber mill, interact with it, then select “plank” from the recipes list. Press up on the D-pad to determine how many individual pieces of wood you want to convert into planks. It’s a one-to-one conversion rate — a bit more forgiving than you might find in other crafting-forward games, which tend to force you to exchange more of a common resource for a rarer, higher-level one.

Converting wood into a plank takes a few seconds a piece. After you’re done, don’t forget to collect your planks by pressing the Y / Triangle button (on console). Otherwise, the planks you just made won’t go into your inventory. If you can collect uncollected planks from your lumber mill, you’ll see an icon floating above it, like so:

An explorer stands next to a lumber mill making planks in Lego Fortnite. Image: Epic Games via Polygon

What are planks used for in Lego Fortnite?

You’ll need planks to upgrade your village rating from level 2 to level 3, which costs 10 planks and 20 granite. Planks are also an ingredient for the basic shovel. (Wooden rods, which you can also make at a lumber mill, are the other ingredient.)

Crucially, you’ll need planks to upgrade your crafting bench — at a cost of eight planks and three shells — allowing you to craft intermediate level tools.


Looking for more on Lego Fortnite? Check out our Lego Fortnite beginners guide. We also have guides on how to play multiplayer with your buddies, how to find caves, and how to build a successful village. And if you’re looking for places to go, see our list of the best seeds in Lego Fortnite.

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