I worked in bike shops through high school and college. In that time I learned to build bicycle wheels. Some people find the idea of building a wheel intimidating but it isn't that hard. I'm going to show you how to build a wheel that has a radial pattern on one side and a more standard crossing pattern on the other side.
The most important thing is to be certain that your spokes are the correct length for your hub and rim.
I did this at TechShop in Menlo park with regular tools, no special bicycle tools were necessary.