I'm a little late seeing your post. Mudhole is a great place to start. Check out their tutorials and forums. Depending on what you want to build, their MHX blanks are vary good and reasonably priced. Get Bit Outdoors is also located in Orlando and has good stuff, including Batson Rainshadow blanks. Don't be shy about calling them with any questions you have. I have always found them very helpful.
I have built a lot of rods on very low budget equipment. I have a inexpensive turning motor and stand and use a lot of the stuff I use tying flies. I hand wrap my guides on a wood stand I built using fly tying bobbins. You will need a drying motor to turn the rod while applying and curing the finish. Mudhole has an inexpensive CRB motor and stand for about $40.
I would recommend reading through the late Al Campbell's guide to rod building that is available free online at FAOL. It is a little dated but gives you a good basis to get started. http://www.flyanglersonline.com/begin/g ... /index.php
There are also a lot of you tube videos our there that are useful. Mudhole has some good short videos on the webpage under resources.http://www.mudhole.com/How-To-Build-A-Fishing-Rod