"Barter Bucks" project for the Dental Office.

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Project by Stan_MT posted 08-18-2007 08:30 AM 1814 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was having some work done when the dental assistant mentioned needing a cart for two of their machines, not sure what the first one is but the second one she mentioned was used to check for gum cancer (no problems here) and that she couldn’t find one in their catalogs that would fit both machines.

Figured what the heck—offered to make them a custom cabinet in barter for dental services.

Upper shelf with ledge to keep the machine on top from sliding off the back or sides, 2 drawers under the top. 15” opening for the second machine, with another 2 drawers under that.

Solid Hickory construction, top and shelf aligned with biscuits and held in place with pocket hole screws and glue. Finish is two coats of Sherwood Moisture Resistant Lacquer (medium rubbed effect)—sprayed on with the $80 HF/Rockler/Woodcraft HVLP turbine gun.

Here’s the result, thanks for looking.

-- Stan, Northwest Montana,

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#1 posted 08-18-2007 09:49 AM

Too bad such a nice cabinet has to get bartered for dental services. LOL. Great work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-18-2007 01:39 PM

Welcome to the LumberJocks. I think it’s a great way to go. Good work! I’ve been a horse trader all my life and never pass up a chance to trade. Value for value and Uncle Sugar hates it. I assume the MT means Montana. You will enjoy your time spent here.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-18-2007 02:00 PM

I was going to say “sweet deal” but that is bad for your teeth… so AWESOME job! Great trade.

And their response??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 08-18-2007 02:37 PM

Nice work and great deal i fyou can get enough tooth work out of them :)

I agree, the more we can by pass greedy uncle scam’s tax frauds the better we, as a free people, will be. I am not saying we should never pay tax but the greed that has become prevalent with the politicians (on both sides of the seemingly one party system <grin>) in the US is way over the top. ok ok back to the wood, this is not a political forum <smile>

“Ravings of a mad man”

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 08-18-2007 04:20 PM

Really nice looking project. I just love practical woodworking solutions.

I bet they were very pleased with what you built for them. With solid hickory construction, I hope you got a couple of gold crowns or something of comparable value for your labor.

The barter system is a nice way to go, as has been stated by others here. The government hates us utilizing such practical arrangements, but the more oppressive the tax system becomes, the more things like barter become attractive.

How did you like that $80 HVLP system? I just bought an HVLP conversion gun for my conventional compressor that cost me $80.

Did you use bottom mounted Euro drawer glides?

The biscuit alignment with pocket hole screws will be plenty strong enough.

Thanks for sharing your construction details with us – very nice project!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 08-18-2007 05:43 PM

Very nice looking chest. I hope you get many years of dental work for that cabinet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 08-18-2007 05:56 PM

The $80 HVLP turbine/gun was a great addition to my shop. I’m sure it will eventually get replaced with a setup that allows more adjustability, but for the cost and my current projects I’m more than pleased with this addition. The drawers do ride on bottom mounted Euro slides.

-- Stan, Northwest Montana,

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#8 posted 08-19-2007 01:46 PM

Are you sure they don’t owe you some money? LOL That’s a very well made cabinet and I’m glad to hear your dentist was willing to barter with you.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 08-19-2007 02:36 PM

Yeah, I’m guessing you can eat sugar now with reckless abandon?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Bob #2

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#10 posted 08-19-2007 03:37 PM

A cabinet like that from a Dental supplier would be in the range of $400.00 to $600.00.
I hope you made a fair exchange.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 08-21-2007 06:33 AM

Very nice, they wouldn’t have gotten that nice of cabinet from the supplier, that should be good for a crown or two.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 08-21-2007 01:41 PM

We appreciate the way you made the grain match on the drawers, even if the dentist didn’t notice it.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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