Hi everyone, I'm planning on shaping a 10-foot noserider. This will be my first time to shape my own board--and I'm a little apprehensive. It looks like I'll buy the 10'1Y blank, and make it a basic 10-0x23x3-1/4, maybe a little concave in the nose. I'm tight on the funds and looking for the most cost-effective materials and tools. So obviously I'll have some more questions in the future. I don't even have a planer yet (Must I purchase a power-planer, or is a hand-planer okay?). I've already researched other sites and seen the basics, and now I need hands-on advice from others who have felt like I'm feeling now (And I'd rather not shell out $70 total for the two "101" videos if I don't have to). So, the first question is this: Should I even be considering this board as my first project? I primarily ride longboards and want to make my own noserider, but I don't want to waste a bunch of dough by screwing up one of the more expensive blanks. Should I practice on a short blank first (I wouldn't ride it), or just go for the long bomb? I've always done my own board repairs, and I'm a pretty handy craftsman, so I'm not concerned quite as much with the actual shaping as I am with screwing up the glass job, but I don't want to pay extra to have someone else glass it. Basically, I'm SKEERED! Does anyone have any cost-saving, stress-managing advice for this first-timer?