Haven’t heard of FastCap? Here’s the short version: A cabinet maker invented a product to make his life easier and his work better. That snowballed into a multimillion dollar company that makes and sells high-quality, innovative tools to make a carpenter’s work faster, easier, and better. Paul Akers, the founder, is an awesome dude and author of 2-Second Lean, a book about improving workflow and how to think about work to increase productivity. I’m about to read it again.
So Why Did I Say Gadgets instead of Tools?
It was alliterative. Also, FastCap really does make Gadgets that are unique but effective.
I’m in love with my glue bottle and I don’t care who knows it! You never have to shake these to get the glue out. When you squeeze, glue is forced from the bottom of the bottle through a secondary valve. There’s a fancy name for this, I know there is, but I’m not in the mood to look it up. The design allows you to apply glue with more control and in odd angles that regular glue bottles can’t. Buy it Now on Amazon
This tool was designed by a Youtuber and he presented his Idea to FastCap and they thought, “Hey, this is awesome, let’s mass produce this.” Shims are absolutely necessary for finish carpenters, door hangers, window installers, cabinet installers, etc. Buying a pack of shims at the store runs you about $2.00. Not bad, but for a $20.00 investment, you’ll never have to buy another shim again. This tool has saved me a lot of wasted time running to the store for another pack of shims. I always have a 2×4 with me so making 2 or 20 high quality shims real quick is awesome. Buy it Now on Amazon
How much is one of your fingers worth? The guys at FastCap have decided that each of your fingers is worth at least 1 million dollars. Cutting a finger off with the table saw or mitersaw can run you about $10,000 in medical bills. Not to mention, you know, losing a finger! Small parts and trim can be especially dangerous on the miter saw. The low mass means the blade can easily torque the peice out of your hand. While, at the same time, your hand is dangerously close to the blade spinning at 4000rpm. I’ve had more close calls in this exact situation than I have had close calls on the table saw (which is said to be more dangerous). There really is no reason NOT to have this guy at your miter saw. Buy it Now on Amazon.
Ok the naming department didn’t do so great on this one. It’s a magnet you stick on your drill/driver/impact and it holds bits and screws. and IT. IS. AWESOME. Where has this been all my life? How did I ever live without this? Why doesn’t every tool manufacturer include this? It’s a little pricey for what it is but just do yourself a favor and buy one. You will not regret it. Buy it Now on Amazon.
Seriously. It’s a powerful magnet that holds things on the drill for you. Why are you still thinking about this?
I got these last year for Christmas. They have so many uses. I work alone the vast majority of the time, so having something that can wedge, brace, and hold while I’m getting ready to drive a nail, make final adjustments, etc is very helpful. They also make a lot of accessories for this such as a Camera Mount (this is what I use to shoot my video), a Laser Mount, a light hook, tri-pod base, door rotisserie (for spraying doors), and they make it in many sizes. Buy it Now on Amazon
These little guys are simple yet effective. You screw them loosely in place and them to hold your crown in place while you nail it up. The design allows you to remove them as you get close and the screw is hidden in the gap created by the spring angle of your crown. Another tool that allows me to efficiently work alone. Buy it Now on Amazon
2-P10 Stands for two part, ten second adhesive. It’s super superglue. I always glue my outside miters and returns. This allows me to put the glue on one side spray the activator on the other, go eat lunch…I mean climb a ladder. Stick them together and hold it for 10 seconds while the glue sets up. Just don’t get your finger in there; it glues skin too. This is a very helpful product on small delicate pieces where a nail would most likely destroy the piece. Buy it Now on Amazon
I’ll admit that I haven’t started using this yet, but if you followed my trailer build you know have the goal of being hyper organized. Everytime I see a new use for this, I just want to spend hundreds of dollars on this, take a week off, and enter organizational nirvana. Buy it Now on Amazon.
There is so much more!
What’s your favorite tool from fastcap? Tell us in the comments.
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