In class we started coming up with ideas for a utensil or vessel to create in the wood shop.
Unfortunately I lost my post its but here were the ideas in a list:
A cup that doesn't spill
Folding cutting board
Movable cutting board with handles
Choose your amount salt shaker
Bowl tongs (tongs that come together in a big sphere for picking up a lot of salad)
Cutting board with a hole and bag for catching scraps (no trips to garbage)
Mixing bowl with curved top so things don't fall out when you are mixing
Cube cutter to cut kids food quickly
Handle that attaches to wine bottles for easy pouring and passing
Knife that toasts bread as you cut it
Reverse tongs (you squeeze to open)
Spoon that rests in pan
I started sorting through the ideas and eventually decided that on making a wooden spoon that rests in the pan so you don't drip everywhere. Of all the ideas, this was very feasible but also innovative and marketable. So I began sketching ways to make this possible.
I had multiple directions, one being an attachment that clips/rests on the pot so you can use any spoon. One spoon had slots to rest it horizontally, and one had a hook that allows the spoon to rest on the side of the pot. I was thinking the horizontal resting spoon could be problematic when it comes to balance/varying pot sizes. It would probably work if it were made out of a rubber, but out of wood I didn't think it would be very feasible.
I came up with an idea that combined the versatility of the attachment and the functionality of the hook spoon:
It has a hook attachment that slides up and down the spoon to accommodate different pot sizes/fill levels.
In order to prototype this hook mechanism idea, I came up with a very rough sketch model to test it.
It worked really well, but it was critical that the hook attachment would be able to slide up and down, because some pots are high and some are low, and if the hook gets covered in pasta sauce it's going to drip everywhere and defeat the purpose of the spoon.
When I went to the store to buy wood I was trying to find a nut/bolt mechanism to make it it slide, when I had another idea that I sketched out.
This idea had a hook/peg mechanism that fit into holes along the handle of the spoon. I was pretty confident that I could make this, and it solved my design problem.
Since I already had a wooden spoon, I started designing from it. I found it to be way too big for the pots I have at my apartment, so I came up with a smaller size that was easier for me to use. The spoon I have has a burn mark, so I quickly did some research to see if the spoon would burn if it was resting on a pot, but I found out that it wouldn't.
After a day in the wood shop, I came up with my final product and started using it.