Part of the fun of brewing your own is also making the equipment you use in your brewery. Granted the home brewing world has grown over the past few years or so and it is fairly easy to go into a home brew shop and just buy the equipment you need. But when you do this you are missing out an a chance to fabricate your equipment to your own specifications. Brew Ware was printed in 1996, at a time when home brewing still wasn't a common practice (heck it still isn't common now, even though it has become hugely popular).
For my personal buildouts, I tend to explore ideas in the book first before I finalize my plans. There are quite a few ideas that are still as useful today as they were 17 years ago. As I have been flipping through it again now, I am finding a few more tech projects that will be added to the list of items I will be working on this year.
One of the big projects is an aeration unit. Granted many of the home brew shops out there now have aeration set ups premade or they can order them for you. Take the time to read the book and you will find an option that works well at a cheaper price than one you can buy. This also adds to the satisfaction of doing your own build out.
Not everyone is a tinkerer, but then not everyone is a home brewer either. If we were willing to just buy everything we wouldn't take the time to brew our own. Sometimes its just better when you make it yourself, for that very reason.
Time for a pint...