Barter with the Dentist

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Trade & Swap forum

Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 09-04-2013 04:12 PM 1516 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Blackie_'s profile


4883 posts in 2747 days

09-04-2013 04:12 PM

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

30128 posts in 2572 days

#1 posted 09-04-2013 04:14 PM

Excellent. Think mine would like a dresser?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Blackie_'s profile


4883 posts in 2747 days

#2 posted 09-04-2013 04:19 PM

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


5811 posts in 2526 days

#3 posted 09-04-2013 04:19 PM

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


131 posts in 2121 days

#4 posted 09-04-2013 04:23 PM

That is awesome! Congrats!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

View distrbd's profile


2252 posts in 2681 days

#5 posted 09-04-2013 04:33 PM

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

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

21953 posts in 3340 days

#6 posted 09-04-2013 04:44 PM

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


16281 posts in 4453 days

#7 posted 09-04-2013 04:58 PM

Cool deal!

The moral of the story: carry samples!

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

View JayT's profile (online now)


6002 posts in 2445 days

#8 posted 09-04-2013 04:59 PM

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. :-)

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

View firefighterontheside's profile


19580 posts in 2091 days

#9 posted 09-04-2013 05:10 PM

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. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 3543 days

#10 posted 09-04-2013 05:57 PM

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.

View BENTWOOD's profile


373 posts in 2016 days

#11 posted 09-04-2013 06:22 PM

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


View Knothead62's profile


2600 posts in 3195 days

#12 posted 09-04-2013 06:51 PM

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

View Loco's profile


210 posts in 1984 days

#13 posted 09-04-2013 07:10 PM

$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


4883 posts in 2747 days

#14 posted 09-04-2013 07:30 PM

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


7770 posts in 3148 days

#15 posted 09-04-2013 07:38 PM

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