Yes you can use a rattail or reamer same as you would use on the cork. Whatever you have on hand that works for you. The glue stick for mounting the rod guides works quite well and I find easier to work with than the masking tape thing. Just do not add too much glue. I usually heat the guide foot slightly over a candle, slide it across the glue stick , the remove any excess glue from the top and sides of the guide foot with my fingers while it is still warm. Too much glue on the foot will work itself through your thread wrap if not careful. From my experience, keeping everything clean, clean, clean has been the best advice I can pass on to anyone, for it plays a very big role in the overall outcome of the finished rod.