Been Reading Issue 14

This Month I Have Mostly Been Reading…

This is an odd title, and, having read it all the way through, I really don’t know what to do with it. It’s called Setting Up A Home Car Workshop, and it’s aimed at those in the fortunate position of having a new or rebuilt garage/workshop to refit and equip. There’s a chapter about hand tools, one about fitted tools (bench mounted or installed), one about work stations and benches, one about storage, one about ramps, hoists and pits, and so on.

It’s all very nice, and, let’s face it, I’m sure we’ve all built and equipped our dream garages in our heads, but therein lies the problem: we all know this already. I’m not sure who the book is aimed at. It can’t be aimed at the beginner, because unless that beginner has just won the lottery he isn’t going to be building his tools and equipment collection from scratch in one hit. It can’t be aimed at the more experienced home wrencher, because he already has all of this gear, and knows how it works and where it needs to go.

There are some useful tips and tricks in there – for instance, there’s a good bit about making a tool for rolling a bead onto the end of a tube from leftover bits – and there are plenty of bits that might make you think “That’s a good idea,” or “I wouldn’t have thought of that.” But, overall, although there’s nothing inherently wrong with this title, I’d find it hard to recommend it because I’m not sure who to recommend it TO. Definitely one to borrow from the library, this one.

Setting Up A Home Car Workshop, by Julian Edgar, is published in softback by Veloce (, with a RRP of £19.99.