This site has over half a million posts filled with "tips", advice, and personal experiences building rods. Also spend some hours (or days) going through the Project Journals. After that you can head on over to the Knowledge Base where the rod building tips are broken down into specific categories and interest areas.
BTW, welcome to HR.Com from a stateside Swede. (You know any Lindstroms over there in the homeland? They might be my cousins)