OK. I started lacing 2 18 in. rims to star hubs last night. One is original KH rim and the other aftermarket. I did the aftermarket rim first. Followed the directions in the book. Brake side up. Counter clockwise with the inner row and clockwise with the outer. Flipped the rim and hub over and began the second side - clockwise with inner and counter clockwise with the outer. Struggled a bit with the last 3-4 spokes but finished it up.
The problems came with the stock rim. First side laced up well. Flipped the mess over and laced the inner clockwise - no problem. Once I started the outer hole spokes, I couldn't cross more than 3 spokes before the spoke contacted the hub about one inch from the correct hole. I tried lifting, shifting, juggling, twisting. I even took all the spokes out, both sides, flipped the rim and tried again with no luck on the second side. Now here is the dilemma. I tried counter clockwise with the inner and clockwise with outer row. All went well and fit perfectly. Is there a safety reason why I can't leave them like this and run the bike? The books says outer spokes on both sides point in the same direction. Mine don't but they sure went in easily.
One thing I haven't tried is to reverse the process on the first side to match the second side. Hope you folks can follow this. Any feedback is appreciated.