Pizza Box Uses Besides for Pizzas
I can think of three additional purposes for pizza boxes (brand spankin’ new, however), of which I’ve used for two purposes in the past.
- Container for a pizza jigsaw puzzle (similar to some Zazzle images)
- Storage for a Bahtinov mask, my more recent pizza box use. Some masks are professionally manufactured, some are DIY and might or might not include an embroidery hoop, as the image at the top of the article.
- If unfolded, a surface for a partially assembled jigsaw puzzle. To make it a corral for transporting a puzzle to another tabletop, fold and tape some edges to form walls.
Products that are Called Pizza Boxes
Some products are referred to as pizza boxes because of shape similarities, often box-like with matching length by width and short height.
- Marines marksman badge that's shaped like a square pizza box
- Computer item(s) that resemble pizza boxes (square shape, short height)
We recently made a Bhatinov focusing mask, which included lots of tedium in gingerly and accurately cutting slots. To protect the finished mask and its embroidery hoop, I thought a pizza box, with its stiff corrugated cardboard structure, would be perfect for storage.
After measuring the mask with hoop (about 10.5" diameter), I poked around the web for pizza box info. (Read nitty gritty details about boxes in Pizza Boxes Part 2.) Anyway, we bought a new 12" pizza box for 25¢ while buying an extra large pizza to go.
Those who are interested in astronomy and astrophotography and want to know more about Bhatinov focusing masks can start with some resources as follows:
- Telescope Focus for Beginners- The Bahtinov Mask (YouTube video for general info and using a mask)
- DIY mask links
- Bahtinov on the Cheap (a DIY site)
- Home Made Bahtinov Focusing Mask & Templates
- Bahtinov Focusing Mask Generator (For dimensional calculator, click the Generator link at the index.)
- Another mask, with embroidery hoop and weatherstripping
- A mask and DIY instructions for a small-diameter telescope using a different type of hoop
- Manufactured masks for sale