I figured I'd start on the rod butt this weekend as it will have no guides on it and I'm still waiting to build my thread wrapping jig. With all that said do I install the grip first or the reel seat first? As you can see from the picture the 3 masking tape wraps on the bottom are to pad out the reel seat. The blue is just a marking for bottom of grip. The next 2 wraps of masking tape further up the blank are padding for the grip. The top most wrap of masking tape is just a marker for top of grip. Please tell me if you see anything wrong. Also do I lightly sand the blank under the grip to provide better grip for the epoxy? Thanks guys.