ProCarpenter FlatBack Measuring Tape - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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ProCarpenter FlatBack Measuring Tape

FastCap LLC - ProCarpenter FlatBack Measuring Tape

The FlatBack measuring tape bends easily for measuring curved surfaces.

$7.95 (As of 6/1/2006)

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Editor's Review:

by William Duckworth

review date: June 1, 2006

Last summer, the folks from FastCap won an award for their new ProCarpenter FlatBack measuring tapes at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers show. Because these flexible tapes are flat, not curved to make them rigid, they bend easily for measuring curved surfaces. They also have a built-in stainless-steel pencil sharpener, a shock-absorbing rubber casing that's comfortable to grip, an erasable note pad, an easy-to-read scale, and a sturdy belt clip. You get all that in a 16-ft. length for $7.95. 

The tapes come in three versions, with imperial or metric graduations (or both), and erasable tape surfaces. People who prefer to build furniture and cabinetry using the story-pole method can make pencil marks right on the tape.

Editor Test Results:

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer FastCap LLC
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-443-3748
Measuring Capacity 16 ft.
Blade Size N/A

Ingenious idea and enjoyable to use. The FlatBack feels sturdy in the hand. It has a nice rivet for anchoring the tape down. It's ability to measure curved and irregular surfaces is also a huge plus!

I too had problems with the first tape I got. It was off by a 32nd to 3/32nds from 1" to 6feet. I sent a email off to Fastcap and they phoned me about the problem. I was sent a couple of replacements. They are better.


It's all I use now. Very reasonable price too. I give it a 4 because the first one I bought was off by 1/32 on the markings. Which added up to large errors beyond a few feet. Check the whole tape before you buy!

Great idea and works very well for the "story pole" method where you simply mark the erasable tape surface with the various lengths and widths of your project.But for absolute measurements, beware. The one I bought is noticeably off for its zero point, ie the hook. By the way, the hook does not slide for inside measurements. Also, the gradations vary noticeably and irregularly from inch to inch as compared with a Starrett rule. This usually is not critical but there are certainly better graded tapes available. Anyway, as a rule, I try to use only one absolute measurer for a job, to avoid inconsistency in the gradations.The case, locks, and other features are all very good. Better quality gradations and hook would have been nice.

I have had the FlatBack Measuring Tape for about a year now and I use it all the time. I originally bought it to use on curved surfaces, which I do, but I use it everyday on my mitersaw stand. I never liked rolling the curved tapes to get an extremely accurate mark, but with the FlatBack you do not have to turn the tape. I use it in conjunction with my Hitachi laser and it works very well. It takes a little while to get use to the floppy tape, but you can run your mark right on to the tape.

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