Well I have been having fun with forks all day. I took the day off of work to get some things done on my sears project. I honed out the fork stem hole so that I had a .005 press fit between the stem and tripple tree casting.
Here is a pic of them being pressed together. I knurled the stem so that the lower bearing race would press onto the bottom of the stem. og stems had a .005 larger sleeve, but I couldn't get the right material for the blanks, so I had to compromise.
Here it is all pressed in! There is a .060 groove all the way around the stem for good weld penetration.
And all welded up. This will never go anywhere!