First recomendation is to get a book on building rods. It is worth the 40 bucks, and may save you a $200 blank. There is some to know such as, finding the spine, Guide spacing, and other items that are good to know before starting. I purchased a book called Modern Tackle Craft, by C Boyd Pfeiffer. It was about $40. If you have lots of free time this is the book you want.
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