Title:
Wall table
United States Patent 2031287


Abstract:
The present invention relates to new and useful improvements in wall tables and has for its primary object to provide, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a device of this character which, when not in use, may be expeditiously swung downwardly to an out of the way position. Another very...



Inventors:
Swanson, Ralph W.
Application Number:
US3460735A
Publication Date:
02/18/1936
Filing Date:
08/03/1935
Assignee:
Swanson, Ralph W.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
108/9, 248/240.4
International Classes:
A47B5/04
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Description:

The present invention relates to new and useful improvements in wall tables and has for its primary object to provide, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a device of this character which, when not in use, may be expeditiously swung downwardly to an out of the way position.

Another very important object of the invention is to provide a table of the aforementioned character comprising novel supporting brackets and locking means for securing said table in raised or operative position.

Other objects of the invention are to provide a hingedly mounted wall table of the character described which will be comparatively simple in construction, strong, durable, highly efficient and reliable in use, compact, attractive in appearance and which may be manufactured at low cost.

All of the foregoing and still further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from a study of the following specification, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein like characters of reference designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, and wherein:Figure 1 is a view in top plan, showing the table in lowered or inoperative position.

Figure 2 is a front elevational view, showing the table in raised or operative position.

Figure 3 is a vertical sectional view, taken substantially on the line 3-3 of Figure 2.

Figure 4 is a vertical sectional view, taken substantially on the line 4-4 of Figure 1.

Figure 5 is a vertical sectional view, taken substantially on the line 5-5 of Figure 2.

Figure 6 is a vertical sectional view on an enlarged scale, showing the latching means for the slidable drawers.

Figure 7 is a detail view in perspective of one of the upper bracket members.

Figure 8 is a detail view in vertical transverse section through one of the brackets, taken substantially on the line 8-8 of Figure 3.

Figure 9 is a longitudinal vertical sectional view through the invention, the lower portions of the brackets being broken away.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, it will be seen that the embodiment of the invention which has been illustrated comprises a top I which is preferably of suitable metal, said top having its marginal portions rolled in a manner to provide an ornamental and strengthening bead 2. Depending from the bead 2 is an apron 3 which is provided, at its bottom, with an inturned flange 4.

Drawers 5 are slidably mounted beneath the top I. The forward or outer ends of the drawers 5 have mounted thereon arcuate finger grips 6.

As illustrated to advantage in Figure 6 of the drawings, the drawers 5 are releasably secured in closed position through the medium of verti- 6 cally slidable bolts 7, said bolts 7 being operable in housings 8. The bolts 1 are yieldingly urged toward locking or operative position by coil springs 9. Operating handles 10 project through openings 1: which are provided therefor above the members 6 for conveniently actuating said bolts to inoperative position for releasing the drawers against the tension of the springs 9.

This may conveniently be accomplished by engaging the index finger beneath the arcuate member 6 and placing a thumb on the handle 10.

Cams 12 are mounted beneath the table top I for engagement by the inner ends of the drawers 5 for preventing rattling of said drawers.

The table is mounted in position on a wall or any other suitable support through the medium of brackets which are designated generally by the reference numeral 13. Each bracket 13 includes a stationary angle bar 14 which is rigidly secured in a vertical position on the wall in any suitable manner, said bar 14 having a vertical slot 15 in its upper portion. At its lower end, the slot 15 is enlarged to provide a notch or pocket 16. The bar 14 further includes an outwardly extending upper end portion 17 to which a swinging angle bar 18 is pivotally secured, as at 19.

The swinging bar 18 is rigidly secured in any suitable manner beneath the top I and has formed in its outer portion an inclined slot 20 which terminates, at its inner end, in a pocket or notch 21, as best seen in Figure 7 of the drawings. The bar 18 is adapted to be supported in horizontal position through the medium of a brace 22 having fixed in its end portions laterally projecting headed pins 23 and 24. The pin 23, it will be noted, is operable in the slot 15 and engageable in the pocket 16, and the pin 24 is operable in the slot 20 and adapted to seat in the pocket 21. Referring again to Figure 7 of the drawings, it will be seen that the bar 18 has formed therein a substantially L-shaped slot 25 and a substantially U-shaped slot 26 between said slot 25 and the slot 20. The reference numeral 27 designates a locking plate which is mounted for sliding and swinging movement on the bar 18 for preventing accidental disengagement of the pin 24 from the pocket 21. The locking plate 27 is operatively mounted on the bar 18 through the medium of headed pins or rivets 28 which travel in the slots 25 and 26. An operating handle 29, in the form of a lug, projects from the plate 27 to facilitate actuating said plate.

It is thought that the operation of the table will be readily apparent from a consideration of the foregoing. To raise the top I, said top is simply swung upwardly on the pivots 19, one end of the braces 22 being swung downwardly to engage the pins 23 in the pockets 16, the other Sends of said braces 22 being swung inwardly to engage the pins 24 in the pockets 21. The locking plates 27, which are normally in retracted position, are then slid upwardly and forwardly on the bars 18 and the outer or forward ends of said locking plates are then swung downwardly immediately adjacent the pins 24, the substantially U-shaped slots 26 permitting this lastnamed movement. It will be observed that the slots 25 and 26 are so formed that the locking plates 27 will be retained in retracted position and it will also be noted that the substantially U-shaped slots 26 will retain said locking plates in operative position. To lower the table, the forward or outer ends of the locking plates are swung upwardly, thus permitting said plates to be shifted to inoperative position, after which the pins 24 may be disengaged from the pockets 21 and slid forwardly in the slots 20. During this movement, the inner ends of the braces 22 are swung upwardly and said braces, when the table is in lowered position, occupy the position shown to advantage in Figure 4 of the drawings.

It is believed that the many advantages of a wall table constructed in accordance with the present invention will be readily understood, and although a preferred embodiment of the invenI tion is as illustrated and described, it is to be understood that changes in the details of construction and in the combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to which will fall within the scope of the invention as claimed.

What is claimed is:1. A table comprising a top, and brackets for mounting said top for swinging movement on a support, each bracket including a stationary bar mounted on the support and having a slot therein, a swinging bar pivotally mounted on the stationary bar and fixed beneath the top, said swinging bar having a slot therein and further having a pocket therein communicating with the Ssecond-named slot at one end, a brace for supporting the swinging bar in raised position, said brace including headed pins operable in the slots, one of said pins being engageable in the pocket, and a plate mounted for sliding and swinging movement on the swinging bar and engageable with said one pin for releasably locking same in the pocket.

2. A table comprising a top, and brackets for mounting said top for swinging movement on a support, each bracket including a stationary bar mounted on the support and having a slot therein, a swinging bar pivotally mounted on the stationary bar and fixed beneath the top, said swinging bar having a slot therein and further having a pocket therein communicating with the secondnamed slot at one end, a brace for supporting the swinging bar in raised position, said brace including headed pins operable in the slots, one of said pins being engageable in the socket, and means for releasably locking said one pin in the pocket, the swinging bar having a substantially L-shaped slot therein and further having a substantially U-shaped slot therein, said locking means including a plate mounted on the swinging bar and engageable with said one pin, said plate including supporting pins operable in the substantially L-shaped and U-shaped slots.

RALPH W. SWANSON.