Homemade Truing Stand
The wheels on two of my bikes went out of true and while it was possible to use the bike as a truing stand when fixing it I started looking at buying a real one anyway. When I searched for recommended stands I ran into Mike T’s wheel building page where there was a DIY design of a truing stand, made by Roger Musson. Plans of the stand are included in his book (which I hear is good), but since I have no real plans to start building wheels right now I decided to try to just throw together a stand based on pictures on the web ( I will probably end up buying the book in the end anyway when I build my first set of wheels).
I found a suitable MDF board (1040x400x20 mm) at a local store and started building. I pre-drilled the MDF to avoid having the screws splitting it (still had some minor problems with that) and used wood glue to get better stability. From pictures on the web I see that most have metal pieces holding the wheel, but I decided to skip that since I didn’t have any good tools for drilling and cutting the metal.
I think it turned out ok.