OK, so my first frame is coming along pretty nicely. Cosmetically, it doesn't look that fabulous, and there is a distinct, overall 1.5 degree list from square with the bottom bracket (though the frame is otherwise parallel), but it has been fun to build and looks moderately functional, and thus I think it is beautiful.
I am at the point where all I have left are the small braze-ons, like cable stops, shifter bosses, etc., and so I am thinking ahead to the finishing prep of the frame. Yesterday I drove around to my various LBSs, with all of whom I have built up a good working relationship. Two of them had a bottom bracket tap that they would be willing to use to help me chase the BB, but none of them had an HT reaming and facing tool. So I bit the bullet and bought a cheap IceToolz version, figuring that I'm definitely going to build at least one more frame (so I should spring for the tool), but may or may not build many more (so I should not spring for the Park version).
All of which leads me to this question: Should I build my own fork, or should I buy one?
Pros for building my own fork:
The frame has a list; what if I go to the trouble and expense of building a fork and the bike rides like a banshee on crack? Would it be better to just buy a ready-made, build up the bike, and start planning the next project?
So far, all my brazing has been done using MAPP gas. To do the fork, I presume I'd have to borrow an OA set-up, and get some instruction on it. That's doable.
I'd like to go with a threaded headset; the idea of being able to raise a quill stem to a point of comfort really, really appeals to me. Threadless doesn't have as many options for handlebar height. However, the forks I've seen mostly seem to be threadless; plus, it seems to me that I wouldn't have to worry as much about getting the right steerer tube length.
Your thoughts on this are greatly appreciated.