Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is also the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and the editor of the blog, A Concord Carpenter and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. As a carpenter and web editor, Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals. He is the carpenter correspondence for and writes a Q&A column, in the Sunday Boston Globe, called "Ask the Carpenter."He hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show,, offering the do-it-yourself audience in Boston’s Metro West region expert advice on home repairs and maintenance. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, where we post all of our tool reviews and video editorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob RobillardRob Robillard

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Milwaukee 100′ Precision Chalk Reel 48-22-3990

Milwaukee 100′ Precision Chalk Reel 48-22-3990 Review There’s something almost magical in the way a chalk reel creates a crisp, perfectly straight line. No other tool, except an expensive laser, makes a perfectly straight line over a long distance, so quickly and reliably. Chalk lines have been in use since ancient Egypt, and used continuously […]

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Empire e55 Series True Blue I-Beam Level

Empire True Blue e55 Series I-Beam Level Review Straight, Square and Smooth -That’s what my shop teacher used to say to us! What he really should have been telling us is Level, Plumb and Square. Although he taught us a lot in class, the real learning happened on the job and continues each day. Like […]

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DEWALT Tough System Tool Storage and Transport System

Dewalt Tough System Tool Boxes and DS Carrier The DEWALT Tough System allows any professional to build the tool storage option that fits their trade. It offers contractors a means of organizing, sorting and transporting their tools and materials from one job-site to the next and also offers a means of securing your tools. Most […]

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Winter Workwear

Arborwear Double Thick Pullover Crew Neck Sweatshirt Working in construction and having rugged clothing go hand in hand. For me clothing worn on the job-site must have exceptional durability, comfort, quality of construction, and a fit that you can not only feel in the fabric, but also see in performance results. There is nothing worse than working […]

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Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer CF325XP

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer Review The folks at Paslode have redesigned their cordless framing nailer and fuel to provide increase power and performance in cold weather fastening applications. As a regular user of the Paslode cordless nailer I can attest to the sometimes-sluggish performance in the winter. Often times I would have to warm […]

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Milwaukee M18 Stand Light 2130-20

Milwaukee M18 LED Stand Light 2130-20 Getting portable, dependable lighting on a jobsite can sometimes be a challenge.  For years I’ve kept a variety of halogen and incandescent lights in my trailer for this purpose. I’m always finding myself in a basement, attic or crawlspace and they’re NEVER lighted! The problem with using halogens was […]

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Bosch PL2632 3-1/4 In. Planer

Bosch Power Planer I love my low angle block plane but nothing compares to a power planer when you need to remove a lot of stock and get a smooth finish. Power planers are efficient time savers and can do tasks such as: Level joists Shave and bevel doors Champher stock Taper stock Scribe Edge […]

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Makita 18V Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 6-1/2 Circular Saw Kit

    Makita 18V Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 6-1/2” Circular Caw Kit Review The origin of the circular saw dates back to the end of the 18th century, who really invented it is not clear. Like many inventions of that era, the circular saw was a concept that many people worked on, and developed throughout the […]

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Milwaukee M18 3-1/4” Planer 2623-21

Milwaukee M18 3-1/4” Planer 2623-21 Milwaukee just released a brand-new 3 1/4 inch power planer. This new tool is now part of their 70 cordless lithium-ion product line, which I’m sure will grow even more this year. Using a Power Planer Power planers are already convenient, useful and versatile job-site tool. As a remodeling contractor […]

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COAST FL60 LED Headlamp

COAST FL60 Fixed-Beam LED Headlamp COAST, a company well-known for their knives and multi-tools, and now an industry leader in LED flashlights from the DIY-er’s to the Navy Seals and soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently came out with a new headlamp line.  We took a look at one of their headlamps, the COAST FL60 LED […]

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