Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: New Hampshire
Bikes: Gunnar Sport, Soma Double Cross Disc
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Last time I did it, I used an old wooden chair, turned over on its side so that the seat (which is about 1" thick, reasonably smooth wood with well rounded edges) was vertical. Then I positioned the fork blades over the seat with a neoprene mousepad sandwiched in between to protect the carbon. I used a star nut setter I bought from Nashbar for about $7. I also used the chair to install the fork crown baseplate with a brass slide hammer.
I picked a chair because I needed a surface that was 1) sturdy, 2) thin enough to support a road fork at the crown and not put too much pressure on the blades, and 3) able to stand solidly "upright" on its own, unlike, say, trying to hold a 2x4 between my knees. The chair was the first thing I spotted while rooting around in my basement. A good bench vise would have given me a lot more options -- a very handy tool to have for working on the headset/fork area.