I'm planning to build a 27" rear wheel with QR skewer for my son's road bike. I'll be using a NOS 36H Wolber 58 and a NOS late 80s Maillard hub with sealed bearings. According the Sutherland charts, I'll need 301 mm spokes for this combination for a 3 cross lacing. I looked through my parts stash and all I can come up with are some Wheelsmith DB14 308mm spokes. I then noticed from the Sutherland charts that if I laced this wheel 4-cross, I'd need 308mm spokes. Just what I have on hand! I could save some $$ if I can use these 308s.
I've never built anything other than 3-cross wheels, so the question I have is what is the upside and downside of using a 4-cross configuration? Should I do it, or bite the bullet and spring for 301mms? Will 4-cross disqualify me from ever serving on the President's Cabinet?