If you do a kit...
...which, by the way is a strategy that I endorse, you may want to review the series of videos the Duelist1954 did on his Bucks County smokepole.
They are on this forum and you should be able to search the files.
Lot of good information on the techniques.
Get the right tools and make sure you have a well lighted place to work.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson