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Ask FastCap / Canadian distribution
« Last post by smallerstick on March 01, 2018, 10:11:09 AM »
Access to FC products is especially difficult for us in Canada.  Shipping rates from FC are punitive or worse.  Lee Valley has the glubots and that's about all.  Richelieu is good but it is a trade only outlet. 

A full range user-friendly stocking distributor in Canada would be very welcome.
subala: We now have the lefty/righty flatback! If you contact Sandi ( and mention this post, she'll send you one.
FastCap Product Problems / Re: FastCap ProCarpenter Flatback tape measure
« Last post by FastCap on February 23, 2018, 09:10:09 AM »
The hook is most likely working as intended but I would have to see his to make sure it is not defective.


The hook will only hold on to a perfect 90 degree corner. It has to be a machined edge and not rounded over in any way. If the edge has been rounded even a little bit the hook will start to slide and slip off the edge just like he describes. Without seeing his tape measure I would say that most likely your edges have a little bit of rounding, either you took a router to them or sanded them or they have just become rounded over time. If you ran the board through a saw and had a perfectly clean cut with no rounding on the edge it should hook with no problem. If that doesnít make sense let me know and I will make a quick video and send it to you.
Lean Manufacturing / Re: Standardizing work for varied productio
« Last post by FastCap on February 23, 2018, 08:33:57 AM »
First of all, what you need to understand is the concept of standardization is very simple. Itís been applied to everything from making hamburgers to flying planes around the world i.e. Southwest Airlines. Henry Ford understood this concept when he made the Model T. The same concept is translated into any pursuit, whether it be in the service industry or in the manufacturing industry.

The key to Lean is very simple. Most people prefer to complicate it.  Understand that everything you do in life from brushing your teeth to making your lunch to managing your health is a process. There are no exceptions to this rule. Contained in every process is an abundance of the eight different kinds of waste. Learn to see the waste in these processes. Eliminate the waste by making small improvements look for every opportunity to standardize every process reducing the variation that is typically *ociated with most work.

First start with yourself. Standardize your work and the things you do every day. Then you will gain a keen understanding of whatís standardization can deliver and really mean. You have enough waste for 10 lifetimes. Never look at anyone else just start improving you! Lean is no more or no less than this it's that simple.
FastCap Product Problems / Re: FastEdge tear out
« Last post by FastCap on February 23, 2018, 08:30:14 AM »
Did you take the quad trimmer apart and trim one side at a time with the grain?
Lean Manufacturing / Re: Standardizing work for varied productio
« Last post by Jake on February 22, 2018, 11:59:24 PM »
I feel your pain, I am in the construction industry. Site conditions change drastically from job site to job site. Scope of work changes from job to job as well. As soon as one task is completed, you might need a whole different set of tools, different crew, etc.. to keep the job going. Weather delays, can throw a big wrench in your plans.

What I first did was try to standardize everything.
-Every job the first thing that happens is lighting, goes up. Then we clean our work area. lay down our drop cloths, cover everything that could be negatively impacted with plastic, plywood, whatever it takes.
-I stage a tool corral, that I try to replicate every job. As close to the area that we're working that I can. (sometimes we could be working in huge industrial buildings a couple 100 thousand sq feet. If someone needs to run across the building it could be very time consuming. Also I get super frustrated looking for tools/fasteners, I want everything as close to the same place every time.)
-what ever task we're doing then we only bring out the tools required to complete that task. (so if I am wearing a tool pouch that day, I'am not loading it up with a bunch of tools and fasteners just cause I can. I am only taking with me the tools I need to complete whatever task needs to be completed. Also as far as the site goes, I am also not bringing material out, or any larger tools/equipment till probably the day its needed.)
-Then we put everything away if theres any cleaning that is needed, sawdust, dirt, broken concrete, etc.. it gets cleaned up immediately. We move on to the next task. (client, inspector, architect, engineer, anyone that walks on to my job site I want to think "wow this is how all job sites should look")

The biggest thing I can tell you is maybe focus on the similarities, how to standardize that. Keep all the variables being equipment and material in a orderly fashion so when you need them you can retrieve them effortlessly. Once your there try to eliminate steps. Try to take notice of things you truly don't need, and get them out of there.

I am certainly guilty of organizing waste, and there's nothing lean about that. I hope that helps. post up some more details if you can and I will try to help the best I can.
Lean Manufacturing / Standardizing work for varied productio
« Last post by westinbrodey on February 22, 2018, 05:19:10 AM »

I work in a manufacturing lab that produces products for clinical diagnostics. We make reagents, calibrators, and controls for a wide range of blood, urine, etc. tests. There are over 300 different products produced by our department. There are many common aspects between the products but the actual manufacturing processes vary greatly. I am looking for ideas on how to standardize work through out the department.

Please help 

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet

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FastCap Product Problems / FastEdge tear out
« Last post by guardo83 on February 16, 2018, 08:00:02 AM »
I'm doing a project with unfinished Maple FastEdge.  So far 2 out 8 edges have come out. Otherwise, when trimming the edges there is a lot of tear out into the face. So much that sanding would not fix it. 1/4 to 1/2 the face. The 2 that came out required sanding. I'm using the quad pro trimmer that I purchased new for this project. I've watched the video, that's pretty much what I'm doing. I thought it was about how I was rolling at first. But I've been tolling like crazy and even doing the pre trimming with a utility knife. Still bad tear out.

Any thoughts on how I can make this work? I'm not even half done.

3/4 top choice plywood sanded and dust removed, 15/16 unfinished Maple FastEdge.

FastCap Product Problems / Re: Suggestion
« Last post by 3fletch on February 14, 2018, 04:10:42 AM »
This is a GREAT suggestion... FastCap will be enhancing every customer's "workflow" if you adopt this suggestion.
FastCap Product Problems / FastCap ProCarpenter Flatback tape measure
« Last post by 3fletch on February 14, 2018, 04:05:59 AM »
I have placed several orders with since I  visited your website after seeing a "plug" for your company and its products while watching Ron Paulk videos... and... up to this point have been very pleased with your products... so pleased that I have "subscribed".

However, I recently bought one of your flatback tape measures for sheet goods.  I have an issue with the tape's "hook" not laying flat when hooked on the end of plywood or a board with a 90 degree edge.  As soon as any tension... and I mean even a little tension... is applied to straighten out the tape, the hook slides up over the edge of the sheet good/board changing the measurement by anywhere from 1/32nd to a 1/16th of an inch.  If moderate tension is applied, the hook slides up and completely off the edge.

I love that the tape lays flat, has dual locking devices, a built in pencil/lead sharpener and a place to jot notes... but, I have switched back to my "stand-by" Stanley 33-116 for my woodshop work because I cannot trust your Flatback tape to hold tight on the edge of a board or sheet of plywood.

Could I have received a tape with a "faulty" hook?  Believe me, I have examined it closely and I am not able to see anything wrong with it... but, I have no "reference" to base that on.

Is my issue a common feedback item concerning your Flatback tape measures?

Thanks in advance for your response... 3fletch
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