I built a bike wheel, and I get a lot of creaking and poping. is this common and will it stop eventualy. should I bend the spokes around eachother like Sheldon Brown? http://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html
A properly laced and tensioned wheel should not make noises. I have been building bicycle wheels for over 35 years. Many of my wheels have been used on tandems and by racing cyclists. I just read Sheldon Brown's article linked in your post. It is an excellent introduction to wheelbuilding. If you do everything exactly as he suggests, you will probably end up with a good wheel.