How to Make A Custom Slate Chalkboard

By Robert Robillard

Custom Slate Chalkboard In this article we will show you how we cut a 100 year-old authentic schoolhouse chalkboard and created a custom frame in which to hang it. A client of ours came across some an old slate blackboard that was salvaged from an old Massachusetts boarding school. This blackboard was originally installed in…

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Hard to Reach House Repairs

By Robert Robillard

Working at Heights On Residential Homes As carpenters we often have to perform repairs at heights.  On many homes these repairs are quick and typically done off ladders, roof jack or ladder jacks. The problem with these methods is they can be dangerous, do not provide a work surface, or tool set up area. When you stop…

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The Caring Contractor

By Robert Robillard

Be the Contractor (or Carpenter) Who Cares When you’re dealing with prospective clients, it’s all about preparation and communication. We all want to improve our business and be the best in the industry. Your old-school binder with past before and after photos shows off your craftsmanship but how do you really get homeowners’ attention? Be…

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DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless 7-1/4″ Sliding Miter Saw

By Scott Arnold

DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless 7-1/4″ Sliding Miter Saw The folks at DEWALT are unveiling, a cordless 20V MAX Lithium Ion 7-1/4″ Sliding Miter Saw – Model DCS361.  Designed for ultra portability, the DCS361 is geared towards general contractors and remodelers, specifically targeting trim, and flooring applications.  It will also cut 2x material. Cutting Power This…

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Wilton All Terrain Vise

By Robert Robillard

Wilton Road Ready All Terrain Vise 10010 Review When you work in the trades, repair business or in remote locations you need to bring everything you need with you. We recently took a look at the Wilton All Terrain Vise which easily slides and mounts into 2-inch trailer hitches.  Once secured in the hitch the vise becomes a secure, instant clamping and workstation.…

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Big Ass Garage Light SHL 135

By Robert Robillard

The BIG ASS LED Light Review No one does great work in the dark, unless your a Navy Seal!   If your garage ore workshop is not well lit you need to correct that in order to achieve great results. We recently reviewed the Big Ass Garage Light SHL 135 and were impressed with its durability, light output…

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Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

By Phil Benevides

Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist Here in New England when the snow begins to melt we get excited to start anew with the warmth of spring and summer coming our way. But to ensure we can enjoy the good weather, we here at Concord Carpenter like to add some Home Maintenance to our spring…

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Dust Right Universal Small Port Hose Kit

By Robert Robillard

Rockler Universal Small Port Hose Kit connects to wide range of small power tools On of my biggest pet peeves when working ins my shop is the lack of proper interface between my HEPA vacuums and my tools.  At Concord Carpenter, are a huge advocate of collecting dust at the source, but tool-makers don’t make that…

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