I started the thread because it took me a long time to figure out how to patch the kernel for win4lin support and get the framebuffer working to get the Debian logo during boot up. Also, I found it was easier to start with the Debian source and Debian configuration, rather than configuring from scratch. If you don't want to patch anything manually, it is straightforward to use Debian sources:
apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.10
tar -jxf kernel-source-2.6.10.tar.bz2
ln -s kernel-source-2.6.10 linux
make-kpkg --initrd --append-to-version=-<name> kernel_image
dpkg -i kernel-image-2.6.10-<name>_10.00.Custom_i386.deb
I find it easier to make a deb package. Also, once I have the deb package, I can copy and install it on other machines.