Ski press
United States Patent 2234487

In order to maintain skis in good condition for service, it is important that they be held in proper shape during storage, as otherwise they may warp and twist, especially when they are stored for extended periods, as from season to season, and under adverse or variable conditions of temperature...

Davis, Clarence J.
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Davis, Clarence J.
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206/315.1, 211/70.5, 294/147, 294/159
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In order to maintain skis in good condition for service, it is important that they be held in proper shape during storage, as otherwise they may warp and twist, especially when they are stored for extended periods, as from season to season, and under adverse or variable conditions of temperature and humidity.

In accordance with this invention, therefore, means are provided by which each ski is held to proper shape independently of any other, and preferably in an enclosure or closet-like structure which protects them from dirt and which at least to some extent protects them from effects of sudden changes of temperature and humidity. Such a container also forms a very satisfactory and efficient shipping case.

Another further object of this invention is to provide shape-determining means which may be set and released readily to permit removal and replacement of the skis easily and quickly and wherein the contours of the skis may be adjustably determined to suit the peculiarities and design of the ski and to the desires of the owner.

For a more complete understanding of this invention, reference may be had to the accompanying drawing in whichFigure 1 is a perspective view of a press in open condition and illustrating this invention.

Figure 2 is a section on line 2-2 of Figure 1. Figure 3 is a transverse section on line 3-3 of Figure 1 but showing the press closed.

Figure 4 is a fragmentary perspective view to a larger scale illustrating certain cooperating parts of the press.

Figure 5 is a perspective view of a modified press construction, the press being shown open.

Figure 6 is a longitudinal sectional view on line 6-6 of Figure 5.

Figure 7 is a fragmentary perspective view to a larger scale of a portion of the construction shown in Figures 5 and 6.

Referring first to Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4, the press as shown comprises a pair of open boxlike members I and 2 hinged together as by the hinges 3 so arranged that when the sections are closed together, they form a box-like enclosure for the skis. They may be so held closed in any suitable manner, as by the fastening element 4, and they may be provided with handle elements 5 which may be brought together and grasped in the hand to facilitate carrying. As shown each of these box sections has a pair of spaced side wall members 10 and 11. One end of each of these side wall members is shown as 50 widened as at 12 and the other end correspondSingly narrowed at 13, and the widened and narL rowed sections of the two box-like sections are arranged at opposite ends so that when the two are closed together the narrowed end of one mates the widened end of the other. The widened ends are so formed in order to comp!letely house between the side members thereof, the forward upwardly curved tips of the skis 15 shown as placed between the side members.

These side members are fixedly secured together in spaced relation as by the bottom member 17 and end members 18 and 19 and also by certain cross members located between the side edges of the side members which retain the skis in the desired contour, as will be later more fully described. Thus, the entire press when in folded condition constitutes a closed box or cabinet completely housing the skis held thereby.

As shown there are four cross members which hold the skis in proper lengthwise contour. One of these, as 20, is shown as fixed in position and bears beneath the forward or tip end of the ski.

The next adjacent cross member 21 is shown as supported in slots 22 in the side members, this cross member engaging the top face of the ski. In order that the curvature of the tip of the ski may be adjusted as desired, the cross member 21 may be adjusted along the length of the slots 22, and in order that the position of adjustment may be readily determined as desired, the top edge of the notch 22 may be serrated to form the depressions 23 into any selected one of which the cross bar 21 may be positioned and there held by the resilience of the ski which engages on its under face and tends to hold it '35 against the top edge of the slot 22.

A third cross member comprises a bar 25 which may also be positioned in longitudinally extending slots 26 in the side members. As in this case the pressure of the ski tends to press the bar 25 downwardly, the lower face of the slot 26 may be provided with the locating serrations 27.

A fourth cross member which may be manipulated to lock or release the skis in the press is shown at 30, this cross member being adjustable in the slots 31 in opposite sides of the press.

This slot 31 is shown as of substantial length, thus permitting the bar 30 to be moved toward the adjacent end of the press to release the rear end of the ski, or moved away from that end '50 and against the upper face of the ski which may be sprung downwardly to receive it, the cross bar 30 then acting to hold the ski under its resilient pressure in position in the press. The extent to which the member 30 is pushed toward :55 2 2,234,4 the forward end of the ski determines in some a measure the amount of bending which is im- b parted to the ski throughout its mid portion from c the cross bar 21, and over the cross bar 25. The g skis are inserted by engaging their tips between T the cross bars 21 and 20 and then pushing them b back into place and engaging the cross bar 30 a over their rear ends as far forwardly as desired. f In cases where the cross bars extend through slots in the side members they may be pro- t vided with suitable heads 33 on their ends which overlap the outer faces of the spaced side members, and prevent the removal of the cross bars from position. This is of advantage not only t in manipulating the cross bar, but it preventsthem from being removed from the ski press with the possibility of loss.

As shown the press is of sufficient -width to hold a pair of skis in each of the hinge sections, but of course it may be made larger or smaller as desired in any particular case. Also, if desired, suitable clips 35 may be secured within the press in any suitable place as against the base of each of the hinged sections, these clips being employed to engage ski poles 36 or other desired elements associated with skis. Thus where each section is designed to hold one pair of skis, the entire press holds two pairs in the two hinge sections, with the two pairs of ski poles associated therewith.

It will be seen that the longitudinal curvature of each of the skis is controlled by the positions of the cross members and since both skis of a pair are controlled by the same cross members, their contours are uniform. This is in contrast to usual constructions wherein a block of wood is placed between the bases of the skis of a pair and their end portions are wrapped together, since with such a construction the amount of springing is divided between the two skis of the pair and may be distributed unequally between them. Likewise, since the skis are supported between side members which are rigid, particularly in the direction of bend of the skis, the bending is effective altogether on the skis and not on the press, and as they are wholly enclosed, except for the small areas of the slots through which the adjustable cross bars are placed, they are well protected from the weather and from foreign matter.

In Figures 5, 6 and 7, a modification is shown in which, instead of forming the press in two substantially identical sections hinged together, the press is in the form of a box or cabinet provided with a door through which access may be had to the skis held therein. With this construction it may be desired to house a plurality of pairs of skis in the same cabinet and to provide for holding such skis in separate layers or courses one above or in front of the other, depending on whether the cabinet is lying down or on end.

For this purpose it is preferable to provide for simultaneous adjustment of the cross bars for all of the skis. To this end these cross bars are carried by anchor elements 40. As shown each anchor element comprises a flat board provided with a plurality of recesses 41 in opposite ends, these recesses being adapted to take over pins 42 which are carried by the side members 43 of the press along opposite edges thereof and projecting inwardly therefrom. These anchor elements 41 may be slipped over the ends of a pair of pins 42 along opposite edges of the side members 43 and they may support the cross members. As shown certain of these anchor members re arranged to receive a pair of cross memers. The cross members 45 and 46 of the anhor elements 40a and 40b are adapted to enage below and above, respectively, the ski tips.

Fhe anchor elements 40c support a cross memer 41 toward the bottom of the press and they re provided with downwardly inclined slots 48 or the removable reception of the cross bar 49.

these cross bars are engaged with the backs of he skis cooperating therewith, and the cross nember 49 is mounted in the slots 48 so that when the top layer of skis has been removed, this bar can also be removed to facilitate access to he lower row of skis toward the bottom of the ox. As shown the skis of the two layers are of different lengths, and where the skis are so related, the cross members which engage their rear ends should be positioned at different distances from the adjacent end of the press. For this reason two sets of anchor elements 40d and 40e have been illustrated, the anchor elements 40d having the upwardly inclined slots 50 for the removable reception of the cross bars 51, and the anchor elements 40e having similarly upwardly inclined slots 52 for the removable reception of the cross bars 53. It will be noted that the slots 52 are so arranged as to support the cross bars 53 toward the bottom of the press so as to engage with that row of skis adjacent to the bottom of the box, while the slots 50 of the anchor elements 40( are arranged to support the bar 51 for engagement with the outer or upper sets of skis within the press. These bars 51 and 53 are placed in position while the rear ends of the skis are sprung inwardly sufficiently for the bars to be inserted, whereupon the rear ends of the skis are allowed to spring outwardly and force the corresponding cross bars to the closed ends of their slots. This form of press may also have suitable clips such as 35 for the securement of ski poles and may also have a suitable box 60 in which ski wax or other appurtenances may be placed. The forward or upper face of the press may be closed as by a hinged door 61. The press of this construction may be provided or not, as may be desired, with an end to form a base for the press when it is stored in vertical position. From the foregoing description of certain embodiments of this invention, it should be evident to those skilled in the art that various other changes and modifications might be made without departing from the spirit or scope of this invention as defined by the appended claims.

I claim: 1. A ski press comprising a box having fixedly spaced side members between which the skis may be placed, and transverse members positioned between said side members for engagement with opposite faces of the skis for retaining said skis in desired contour, said side members having slots extending substantially lengthwise thereof within which certain of said transverse members may ride.

2. A ski press comprising a box having fixedly spaced side members between which the- skis may be placed, and transverse members positioned between said side members for engagement with opposite faces of the skis for retaining said skis in desired contour, said side members having slots extending substantially lengthwise thereof within which certain of said transverse- members niay ride, '.certain of said slots having depressions in a wall thereof defining different positions of adjustment of the transverse member engaged therewith.

3. A ski press comprising a box having two parts hinged together, each of said parts comprising a base, side, and end members, the side members for each part having a wider and a narrower end portion, the wider end portions of one part being positioned opposite to the narrower portions of the other part when said parts are closed together about the hinge, cross members between said sides at said wide portions against opposite sides of which the forward curved ends of a ski housed within said part may engage, a cross member between said sides intermediate to said ends for engagement with the bottom face of said ski, and a cross member between said side members toward said narrower end for engagement with the top face of said ski toward its rear end, means supporting certain of said cross members for adjustment to permit clamping engagement and release of the ski, and means for supporting said portions in closed relative positions housing the skis in said parts extending in opposite directions.