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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at: info@aconcordcarpenter.com

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Custom Wood Screen and Storm Door

By Robert Robillard

Making A Wood Screen and Storm French Door A storm door is very much part of a home’s curb appeal. We were recently asked to replace an existing combination screen and storm door on a client’s house. The existing door was constructed out of pine and had metal clips that held the screen or storm…

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Shaker Profile Cabinet Doors

By Robert Robillard

Building Cabinet Doors I recently was asked to make a built-in cabinet for a bathroom remodel. The bathroom vanity that the client purchased had Shaker style doors; which featured flat panels and beveled styles and rails I was taught to use cope and stick joinery because it makes a good looking and sturdy frame for…

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Cedar Flower Boxes

By Robert Robillard

Cedar Window Boxes For the last year or so I’ve wanted to replace the old beat up Pine flower boxes hanging on my shed. Today, while cleaning my workshop, I found some scrap cedar which was exactly what I needed to build new cedar flower boxes. Sourcing Material I like using Cedar because it’s naturally insect and…

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Paulk Workbench Review

By Robert Robillard

Solution for A Small Shop I recently took the Paulk Workbench from FastCap into my shop to review and evaluate. The Paulk Workbench is an innovative workbench system with a torsion box-like design. The result of this design is that it is strong, versatile and flexible workshop solution. The Paulk Workbench top measures 3’x6’x10”, completely…

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Garage Door Maintenance

By Robert Robillard

This post was sponsored by 3-IN-ONE Oil; however, all views expressed below are my own. Sticky Garage Door Fix My garage door is the biggest door in my house and recently I started noticing that is was not opening as smoothly and sticking at one point in the track. This should not have been a…

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6 Bathroom Remodel Structural Considerations

By Robert Robillard

Bathroom Remodel Structural Issues With bathroom remodels people often focus on color, layout, heated floors and moving things around. These are all important things, but if you’re not thinking about the stuff behind the walls and under the floors to make the overall design work well. If you’re not concerned about “Hidden Conditions,” You’re about…

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Built-In Bookcase And Mantle Installation

By Robert Robillard

Custom built-in bookcase and mantle project: On this project we were asked to remove the built-in cabinet and replace it with a built-in bookcase and mantle installation. New Design – Built-In Bookcase And Mantle Installation The plan was to install a custom mantle that is lower than the existing blue-stone mantle and built a new…

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Gaps in Wood Floors

By Robert Robillard

Hardwood Floor Gaps Winter is the time that I get questions about gaps in wood floors showing up in solid 3/4-inch thick, wood floors. Gaps in wood floors are normal, and occur when the wood loses its moisture content. Several factors can lead to its cause. Humidity Wreaks Havoc on Hardwood Floors Often “gapping” is…

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