Thanks John and Steve.
I shape the bolsters then do the fluting and saw cuts. I fit the scales and thin them to be just higher than the bolsters. Attach scales and finish them down flush with the bolsters. I finish the the bolster from the flute to the handle material and finish the handle material. I leave the rest of the bolster around 400 until I put the knife together. After the knife is together I just finish the bolster and touch up everything else.