Barter with the Dentist

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Trade & Swap forum

Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 358 days ago 995 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Blackie_'s profile


3376 posts in 1145 days

358 days ago

So today I had a dentist appointment to have an old crown replaced, I know the front desk pretty well the ladies and thought I’d bring in some of my work so they could see it, I grabbed my recently made Bubinga Santa sleigh and propped it up on the front counter my dentist walked in and saw it and was amazed starting asking me a lot of questions in which I answered along with price $300.00, he left and I sat in the waiting room until my turn, they came got me and work was started, when the dentist finished 45 mins later all work was done he surprised me with a barter proposition, (quote) I know after Ins you are out $649.00 so how about for one of your sleds and a box, we’ll call it even? You’ll be getting a discount, I accepted quickly. :) Not only did I get a great deal, I get to have fun paying him off. :)

Moral of story is to keep this in mind next time you visit your dentist :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

31 replies so far

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

13809 posts in 971 days

#1 posted 358 days ago

Excellent. Think mine would like a dresser?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

View Blackie_'s profile


3376 posts in 1145 days

#2 posted 358 days ago

Hall that sucker in there Monte, plop it up on the counter. LOL

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

View HillbillyShooter's profile


4509 posts in 925 days

#3 posted 358 days ago

Congratulations! Great story, with good moral.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View Chad256's profile


118 posts in 519 days

#4 posted 358 days ago

That is awesome! Congrats!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

View distrbd's profile


1069 posts in 1079 days

#5 posted 358 days ago

I would love to do that but afraid they’ll kick me out of the office,with my masterpiece.

-- Ken from Ontario

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

11329 posts in 1738 days

#6 posted 358 days ago

Great. I love the barter system. i wish more people would trade their service for wood work!!

You did good, Randy!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View CharlieM1958's profile


15689 posts in 2851 days

#7 posted 358 days ago

Cool deal!

The moral of the story: carry samples!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View JayT's profile


2186 posts in 844 days

#8 posted 358 days ago

Awesome story and great result for you!

If I tried to barter my woodworking results for dental work, they’d probably “forget” the Novocaine before starting. :-)

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

View firefighterontheside's profile


3880 posts in 489 days

#9 posted 358 days ago

That’s great and good to hear. I would certainly like to do things like that. It’s not woodworking, but my wife does some of that with her business. We recently had one of her hearing aid patients do some work on our camper as a down payment on his hearing aids. With our dentist, they don’t barter but each patronize each other’s business, which is good too.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

View Greg..the Cajun  Box Sculptor's profile

Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

5015 posts in 1941 days

#10 posted 358 days ago

Randy… you need to go in there with more of your work and..who knows…you might just end up with one of those movie star or TV commercial smiles.
I find it always fun to barter and I do so whenever possible. It amazes me what you can find out and accomplish just by asking.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

View BENTWOOD's profile


351 posts in 415 days

#11 posted 358 days ago

You sir have skills and make me proud to be a Texan! :)


View Knothead62's profile


2364 posts in 1594 days

#12 posted 358 days ago

Last quote I got from a dentist would require building a small bungalow. Good move, pard!

View Loco's profile


210 posts in 382 days

#13 posted 358 days ago

$650 AFTER insurance ?
A crown replacement here is $200

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

View Blackie_'s profile


3376 posts in 1145 days

#14 posted 358 days ago

Thanks for all the congrats and for those of you that doubt yourself, ya have to go in with a positive attitude :)

Greg the Sleigh is going to be placed upon his counter with my business cards in it, he’s even willing to allow me advertising.

Thank you Shanna :) may we hope to see each other at an event sometime :)

Loco here in Austin under united health care, a crown period is over 1k my Ins only covered a partial over

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

View HorizontalMike's profile


6925 posts in 1547 days

#15 posted 358 days ago

I got a crown replaced for just $275 at the UT Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio. No insurance, just cash. Granted you have to work with the students’ schedule, however IMO you get the very best quality of work since all of these students are supervised in real time by their respective Professor/Dentist. And they will guarantee the work or redo it themselves.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

showing 1 through 15 of 31 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase