Until now I only wrote Mezuzot and Megillos, but I will ii"H soon start writing a Sefer Torah for personal use. I thought the fellow members could help me with some practical considerations.
1) I need the best tikun. From what I gather, R' Chernobyl from BB has the best one - is this true? The shops in Mea Shearim I went to were not really interested in supplying any kind of tikkun for sefer torah.
2) Over the years I've come across the halachic discussions in regards to the different mesoras of spellings (e.g. pezuei daka) and spacing (e,g, shirat hayam) in theory. Today do we all use exactly the same spellings and spacings in stam? Is this tikkun's spellings approved by all gedolim?
3) Does this tikkun shows when the letters should
be done it differently (e.g. Vav Ketia) or I have to realize it myself?
4) Can I start sowing the yerios together as I write or must I necessarily sow all together only in the end?
5) I once heard ideally there's an inyan to write the Torah kesidran as much as possible. Does anyone try to do that? Kind of a "problem" for me because I'm missing the Bereishis yeria still. Since is for personal use I don't mind at all waiting for the this yeria to arrive if there is such a inyan.
6) Besides the obvious "leshem kedushas etc..", is there anything else to say before starting (I remember vaguely in my mind that there's a perek tehillim that could be said)?
7) Is it wise to ask a magia to check each yeria as I write them, to minimize possible losses or there's no point?
Any other insights are greatly appreciated. Writing my own Sefer Torah was the reason I got into Safrus many years back and after a lot of waiting, I now have the possibility to do it, so I really want to start with the right foot and take advantage of the collective experience you all have.
A Git Yur