Did my first alignment dots...easy enough! More importantly
though, I tried poping the bubbles in my finish with a lighter
held VERY close but to the SIDE, not underneath. Of course,
once you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Let me tell
you, this rod had ONE bubble in the entire finish! WOW. Holding
the lighter to the side of the finish while rotating leaves
now ash/soot and provides concise control over the heat application.
I would literally watch the bubbles JUMP right out of the
I also tried a wrap that was simply done by placing down
2 threads of black and wrapping with the garnet...when the
wrap was sufficient I simply unwound the black, leaving an
almost perfectly-spaced spiral of garnet thread traveling
up the blank. Not too shabby...
On the downside, I don't like how the garnet thread ended
up going with the hardware on this rod. To make matters worse,
I tried gray thread SANS color preserver for the ferrule wraps
that needed them (some guides pulled double-duty as the ferrule
wraps). Anyway, dispite being nice clean wraps the just don't
work on the rod (gray turned to black, garnet just nees something
else to it). Solid color wraps just don't look good...they
just need "something". Or perhaps it's the fact
that the color from the blank, and the two different threads
are all so close together....I don't know! Just my personal
taste, but I'll probably cut the wraps off the rod next year
and redo it! Or maybe I'll sell this one to someone who likes
it and build another...
As far as inletting this custom turned grip, I just used
a wood-boring bit on a hand drill...easy. A bit of sanding
got it to be the perfect snug fit! Just take your time in
drilling and sanding and you shouldn't have ANY problems.