Nov 052018
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Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist who loves woodworking and writing for those who also love the craft. I have found some ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop that might be helpful to you, and I enjoy hearing your own problem-solving ideasPlease share them in the COMMENTS section of each tip.  If, in the process, I can also make you laugh, I have achieved 100% of my goals.

A while back I showed you three ways I was experimenting with to protect my Kleenex boxes from dust. I promised that I would tell you which style of Kleenex protection won out. Not surprisingly, I chose the technique that was easiest and involved spending the least amount of time. That is, a simple cover over the Kleenex box that would allow me to just lift up the cover, select a Kleenex, drop the cover back on, and get back to work.

The most protective was also the most time-consuming, which was screwing a plastic shoebox lid down, then snapping the box part over the Kleenex. I just didn’t have the time or patience to go through the added step of securing the container.

Ditto for the other technique, which also involved unsnapping the lid, only with the shoebox upright.

Efficiency wins again!

As is often the case, the simplest way is the best way. Using this setup, the Kleenex gets dust protection, and I get quick and easy access.

Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home.Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

  2 Responses to “Dusty Tissues – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – November 2018 – Tip #3”

  1. I have the same kind of concern. I ended up just turning the tissue box upside down. I set it on top of a similar size box of plastic gloves. Seems to work great

    • I do the same for my lens cleaning cloths for my safety glasses, just flip the box upside down on top of a box of gloves.

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