Post 10: Progress – Ari Matrajt

In the latest phase of my project, there have been significant updates in both the design and manufacturing approach for the spatula with interchangeable heads. After careful consideration, I decided to switch away from the initial plan of 3D printing due to concerns regarding time consumption and aesthetic compatibility. Instead, I’ve opted to craft the entire spatula out of wood, aligning more closely with the rustic aesthetic I envision and promising increased durability for practical use in the kitchen.

Side view of the spatula with measurements

I recently enrolled in a woodshop course at the Idea Forge to equip myself with the necessary skills and knowledge for this new direction. This course has provided invaluable insights and hands-on experience in woodworking techniques, ensuring that I am adequately prepared to undertake the manufacturing process. Having this new knowledge, I will begin the manufacturing phase of the project this week. In line with the updated design, I have decided to get rid of the oil/boiling water cover due to my skill limitations. Instead, I am focusing my efforts on perfecting the spatula itself and enhancing its functionality. As part of this process, I have identified the appropriate magnets needed to facilitate the switching mechanism between the different heads, a crucial aspect of the design that will ensure ease of use and versatility.

Switching mechanism will use one magnet

Potential magnet to be used. [1]

Moving forward, I am planning to create a rough prototype using scrap wood before buying the materials for the final version. This iterative approach will allow me to test the design’s feasibility, functionality, and ergonomics, making necessary adjustments before committing to the final build. By doing so, I aim to ensure that the end product not only meets but exceeds expectations in terms of both aesthetic appeal and practical utility.


[1] “Magnet Source 07090 Ring Magnet, 1.56 Lb Pull Force, Neodymium, Silver, 1/8 in ID X 3/8 in OD Dia, 0.06 in H.” McGuckin Hardware, Accessed 9 Apr. 2024.

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  • […] Post 10: Progress – Ari Matrajt […]

  • Abigail Angwin
    April 15, 2024 4:50 pm

    Seems like this is a good project for learning about woodworking! I have a few questions which are:
    1. Do you plan to use the spatula? And if so does the wood being food safe change any of the wood making process?
    2. Since magnets do not hold well to shear forces you could consider adding a peg and recessed slot/hole to provide an additional holding force for the sideways movement

  • Hi Ari. I agree that switching to all all-wood design would fit more with your rustic aesthetic. That’s awesome that you took a woodworking class, and I am sure the skills will help make the progress with your project more efficient than if you went without it. Did you look into how strong the magnet is so that the two parts of the spatula stay together when use?


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