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I wouldn't worry excessively about screwing up your first attempt. It isn't that complicated. The main thing is to take your time and to pay attention to the details. I stick my thumbnail into the last spoke thread and spin down the nipples to that point. That way I know that I'm starting every spoke in the same place. Then I count turns on each nipple with my spoke wrench as I gradually build up the tension. I once built up a 40 spoke tandem wheel (Velocity Aero Heat rim & Alpine spokes) this way that needed no final truing whatsoever.

I just use spoke calc to determine spoke length. Many builders fuss about measuring all the dimensions themselves, but I've yet to be burned.
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