Toby from Tennessee sent along the following description and photos of a DIY bike wheel truing stand made out of one side of a front fork. I admire the hack, but I must admit that I admire the work space and tools even more =)
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I built a truing stand and it actually works really well. I made it out of one side of a front fork with a shock in it. I removed the bolt from inside the tubes of the shock and separated the two halves of the shock.
I threw away the springs and bolts from inside the fork and drilled a hole through both halves of the fork and bolted them together. Then I cut the fork arm off of the fork. I them got a piece of 2x4 and drilled a 1" hole that was 3/8" deep into the center of the block of 2x4. Then I put the fork arm into the hole and put corner brackets of various sizes on 3 sides of the fork arm. I secured them to the fork arm with some adjustable metal band clamps.
Then I used an old brake arm and various metal fitting, screws, washers, and wing nuts to attach a bolt that can be adjusted up, down, and back and forth for different size wheels.