A woodworker's dream or a patient's nightmare?
SHOP OWNER: Ray Haggerty
LOCATION: Bethlehem, PA
This is the endodontic (root canal) cabinet that I finished building for my first operatory at my dental office. The top is counter-grade Formica laminate. The drawer fronts are solid white oak, stained with Minwax Golden Oak stain, followed by Zinsser SealCoat, and four coats of hand-rubbed polyurethane.
The inside drawers were treated with SealCoat and four coats of Zinsser Amber Shellac. The cabinet sides are white oak veneered plywood. I trimmed the cabinet in black walnut. The drawer construction is Baltic birch plywood with drawer-lock joints created on a router table.
Extruded aluminum K-channel was used for the bottom drawers to make flush mount drawer pulls. The middle drawers were constructed with piano hinges to allow access to the controls on electric devices stored inside. Electrical outlets were added to the inside rear of the cabinet too.
The bottom drawer has full-extension slides. The bottom of the cabinet was reinforced with two aluminum right-angle extrusions and carpet casters were added for ease of mobility. To support the clamp for the clinical microscope, the top was made by gluing together a double thickness of the Baltic birch plywood.
The drawing of the plans, the careful measuring for everything to fit precisely into the space required, and the deciding on and ordering of hardware took longer than building the cabinet itself! There is no "money" in custom work relative to your time, just the satisfaction of creating something pleasing, durable, functional, and efficient.. . . Ray Haggerty
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