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Forum topic by Hugh Anderson posted 07-24-2011 01:32 AM 2314 views 1 time favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hugh Anderson

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07-24-2011 01:32 AM

I can’t believe it – I have been won over by a tape measure.

Whilst in the Rockler store this morning I noticed that the guy doing the demo was using a very flat tape measure, so i decided to investigate.

I never feel that the typical steel measure with it’s cupped shape is accurate enough – especially when you have to lean it over to make the marks meet the wood. But this new found tape is awesome, as it lays absolutely flat to the wood surface, doesn’t spring around, and the markings are high contrast and crystal clear. I LOVE IT!!! And I bet the built in pencil sharpener comes in handy.

I bet you guys are all sitting around wondering why this discovery took me so long. :) Better late than never.

Hugh


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 01:40 AM

Is it the one from FastCap? I’ve had one of those for years and you’re right, what took you so long? :D

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Hugh Anderson

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 01:54 AM

lol, yes, the FastCap tape. I know, I missed the boat. I actually bought two since I am constantly misplacing stuff. Hopefully one will always be at hand.

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TheWoodNerd

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 05:05 AM

Yeah, FastCap. Hate ‘em. I bought one ‘cause I’d heard so many raves. Big and clunky, flat tape far more trouble than helpful.

Sorry to come down on your new love, I’m glad you like it. But, for me, they’re the worst tape measures ever inflicted on mankind.

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 05:49 AM

@Nerd, you must have got the 25 footer. The 16’ is not big or clunky (5.2 oz.). You can write on the tape with a pencil and it wipes off easily afterwards. It has an erasable notepad on the face of the body. Built-in pencil sharpener, too.

Try this one and stop the hatin’ ;=)

http://www.amazon.com/FastCap-Flatback-Story-Pole-Foot/dp/B00066YARM/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1311479178&sr=1-1

$8.40 with free shipping

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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tenontim

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#5 posted 07-24-2011 01:51 PM

I have a FastCap tape, though not the flat one. They’re nice tapes, except for all of the black rubber coating. You thought you lost stuff before. I think I can say, I spend at least 1/2 an hour a day looking for this tape, just because it is such a low vis color. I may have to give the flat one a try.

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Hugh Anderson

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#6 posted 07-24-2011 04:12 PM

Rockler are selling them this weekend in store for half price, $3.99. I suppose I bought 2 for the price of one. :) Been using it again, the flat feature is the big winner for me.

@tenontin – for $1.99 this might be the solution, screwed to your bench. Think I’ll buy a couple of these too.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=22202&filter=FastCap%20SpeedClip%20for%20Tape%20Measure

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TheWoodNerd

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#7 posted 07-25-2011 02:52 PM

@Nerd, you must have got the 25 footer. The 16’ is not big or clunky

Nope, I have the exact 16’ one you linked to. I can’t stand how thick it is and I see no real advantage on the flat floppy tape. The only reason I haven’t tossed it in the trash is that I want to get some photos for the review I’m planning on how much I hate it.

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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Bertha

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#8 posted 07-25-2011 03:04 PM

My good men, need you join the commoners with your so-called tape measure? Myself, I only use gold plated Starrett for my measuring needs.

Joking, of course. I often use a steel tape measure for detailed measurements. That’s how unrefined my detailed measurements are! The tape David posts looks very inviting. It’s in my Amazon cart, along with the $3000 worth of stuff my fiance’ won’t let me have.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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crank49

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#9 posted 07-25-2011 03:16 PM

I wish someone would make a tape with the scale on both sides of the cupped tape; and make a two sided hook at the end. Then it would be easy to mark your measurement with the cup down, and if you need standout, just flip it over.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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MaidensGator

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#10 posted 07-25-2011 03:26 PM

Crank, the two sided tape is available at Lowe’s.

http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=317494-77923-KBSL21425&langId=-1&storeId=10151&productId=3366976&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=req&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1

I didn’t even notice that feature when I bought one a couple months ago, but it’s much handier than I would have thought.

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 07-25-2011 09:41 PM

@MaidensGator, Now that is cool, too. Thanks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Tedstor

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#12 posted 07-25-2011 09:44 PM

I’m in the middle of building a clubhouse for my kids. Just today I was using my Kobalt 25’ tape and thought to myself “theres gotta be a better way to measure”.
Thanks for mentioning this. I’ll take a look.

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 07-25-2011 09:48 PM

@TheWoodNerd, You said, ”_The only reason I haven’t tossed it in the trash is that I want to get some photos for the review I’m planning on how much I hate it.”

But what will you use to measure the girth of your wood accurately, my friend ? A Pi tape ?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Bertha

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#14 posted 07-25-2011 09:50 PM

Hey Nerd, sell me yours after you take pictures of it. If we both hate it, I’ll post a picture of me smashing it in some creative way. How much to WV?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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