I recently discovered the best tape measure for woodworking and remodeling that I have ever found! They are made by FastCap. I purchased a few different tape measures and I like them each for different applications. They all have some really functional “on board” features.
They all have an integrated pencil sharpener.
“wipe off” note pad
If you need to make a note, there is no need to find a piece of paper, cardboard, a receipt, a scrap of wood… FastCap tape measures have a “wipe off” note pad so you can write directly on the tape measure.
And when that cut has been made you can either use a pencil eraser or just rub the face clean with your thumb. I don’t know what it’s made of, some kind of matte vinyl I guess but you can write and erase on this over and over and over…
This baby has excellent labeling. It labels the tic marks down to the 16th of an inch! You know how many times I’ve heard: 13 plus a hair, 7/8 minus a tic…? No more ladies and gents. Red marks are 16’ths and the others are exactly what they say they are. This is the first tape measure I’ve seen with 16th’s labeled.
Lefty/Righty Tape Measure
The lefty/righty tape measure is great because when I’m standing at the miter saw, sometimes the material I’m cutting extends to the right and sometimes to the left, and no matter which direction I’m measuring I can easily read the measurement because the numbers are facing me on both sides of the tape.
Metric/Standard Tape Measure
The Metric/Standard tape measure has standard (Imperial) measurements on one side and Metric on the other. This is especially helpful for me when using my Festool miter saw stand because the built in tape measure on the extension wings are metric. I use the stop blocks all the time but need to know where I need to set in — in metric terms. Also, when I’m trying to help someone across the oceans wide (ehem-Kristy), it’s useful to be able to figure things out in measurements I’m used to but see the metric measurement as well so I can explain in terms that their brain is used to.
Flatback Tape Measure
The Flatback lays flat on the surface so you can precisely transfer your mark to your material.
It’s not always the big, expensive power tools that make cabinet building, remodeling and trim work easier. Sometimes it’s the little gadgets that make all the difference!
Here are the Amazon links to each in case you are interested –(that’s where I ordered them from with free Prime shipping).