Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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BORA PM-1000 Universal Mobile Base

BORA PM-1000 Mobile Base Review I’ve always been a huge proponent of working efficiently. Working efficiently in residential construction means preparing and setting up a job site to run smoothly, methodically and efficiently prior to the job starting. That principle applies the the workshop as well, especial a SMALL workshop space.  The BORA PM-1000 universal base has […]

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10 Years of Cordless Tools – What’s Next?

Reflection On The Evolution Of Cordless Tools – What Does 10-years Do? I’ve been working in the trades about 24 years. When I think about starting out in the trades I had little money, and very few tools. Damn, I framed my first house by hand and I did EVERYTHING with: Circular saw Reciprocating Saw […]

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Best Cordless Router – Head-To-Head

Best Cordless 18-Volt Router Advantages of a Cordless Router As a carpenter, I use a compact router to make my own window sills when trimming windows, easing edges on decking and trim, creating chamfers, installing built-ins, mortising hinges, and sometimes to make on-the-spot moldings.  More and more contractors are cutting the cord on their job […]

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Paslode PowerMaster Plus F350-S 

Paslode F350-S Framing Nailer Review We recently tested nine pneumatic nailers and the Paslode PowerMaster Plus F350-S Framing Nailer was in that mix.  I’m a fan of and have been using the F350 nailer for some time and was looking forward to testing the F350-S . Paslode PowerMaster Plus Specifications Collation Type:                        Paper Depth Adjustment:                 […]

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Best Full-Size Framing Nailer – Head-To-Head

Full-Size Pneumatic Framing Nailers Head-to-Head Testing Pneumatic nailers first started gaining ground in the construction world in the 1950’s. While the underlying technology hasn’t changed much; features, size, weight, and function have all been improved drastically. Even though pneumatic nailers can’t replace hammers on the job-site, they have become just as common. Newer building materials […]

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Charging For Estimates

What is a Ball-Park Estimate? Let’s talk about free or what some clients refer to as “ball-park, estimates. When people tell me they want a “Ball-Park” estimate… I secretly want to say; Which ball park would you prefer; Fenway or Yankee Stadium?    Just kidding! There have been so many times in my career, where a homeowners […]

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Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig 320

Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig 320 The Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig 320 not only makes it easier than ever to build wood projects but it solves problems. As a carpenter and remodeling contractor I’ve been using a Kreg jig for years now. The jig I have is a single hole jig, and I use it to install refrigerator […]

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Best 9 Inch Cordless Cut-Off Saw

Battery Powered 9 Inch Cut-Off Saw – Head-To-Head Test An abrasive saw, or cut-off saw, is a circular saw which is typically used to cut metal and masonry. The cutting action is performed by an abrasive disc, similar to a thin grinding wheel. Technically speaking this is not a saw, as it does not use […]

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Metabo HPT 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer

Metabo HPT 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer NT1850DE Review We recently tested the Metabo HPT 18 Gauge Brad Nailer in our Best 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Head-to-Head testing. The Metabo HPT Brad Nailer is equipped with brushless motor technology and powered by a Compact 3.0Ah Lithium Ion battery. It weighs 7.3lbs and is equipped with an Air Spring Drive […]

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MAKITA 18 Volt X2 12 Inch Miter Saw XSL08PT 

MAKITA 18 Volt X2 (36V) 12 Inch Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw Review Years ago, Makita WAS the go-to company for woodworkers and carpenters. In the last decade Makita has taken its foot off the gas and clearly lost market share to Dewalt. Well guys, they’re STOMPING on that gas pedal and merging onto the freeway! […]

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