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Using a truing stand for checking dish is possible but problematic because slight variations in the axle position throws off the results.
Here's how to build a dishing gauge for free.
You need a flat table, (just about anything not very obviously warped is fine), three matching, short (old-fashioned) glasses and a stack of Quarters. If you're on a budget, you can substitute a stack of pennies.
Place the three glasses to make a tripod to support the rim at roughly 120° (eyeball) apart. Lay the wheel on top and stack the quarters up to the shoulder of the locknut face (not the end of the axle). Flip the wheel and compare the height of the locknut.
When you're finished, use the quarters to buy beer, pour into the three glasses and invite 2 friends.
Now that the dishing issue is removed, feel free to but the least expensive stand that suits you.
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Last edited by FBinNY; 09-28-12 at 12:33 PM.