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Title:
Collapsible and adjustable clothes rack
United States Patent 2479887
Abstract:
This invention relates in general to clothes racks :adapted to be stood :up on the floor for the pj~rpose of holding clothes and the like while these are drying. .More .specifically this invention relates to foldable clothes racks which can be folded up and put out of the way when not in use....


Inventors:
Wolcott, David W.
Publication Date:
08/23/1949
Assignee:
Wolcott, David W.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
211/171
International Classes:
D06F57/08
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US Patent References:
1982205Folding board
1583695Ironing board
0911160N/A
0713308N/A
0417627N/A
Description:

This invention relates in general to clothes racks :adapted to be stood :up on the floor for the pj~rpose of holding clothes and the like while these are drying. .More .specifically this invention relates to foldable clothes racks which can be folded up and put out of the way when not in use.

An object of this invention is to provide a foldable clothes rack which can be set up at any desired height from the floor.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved clothes rack which can be set up, adjusted as to height, or folded up and set out of the way, with the least expenditure of time and effort.

An additional object is to provide an improved foldable and adjustable clothes rack which will be very simple and inexpensive to manufacture and which can be made almost entirely out of wood, thus requiring only a minimum amount of metal in its construction.

The manner in which these objects and advantages are obtained in my improved clothes rack will be apparent from the following brief description in which reference is made to the accompanying drawings.

In the drawings: Fig. 1 is a top plan view of my improved clothes rack set up and ready for use; Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the same; Fig. 3 is a sectional elevation taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 1, the broken lines indicating the rack adjusted to a different height; Fig. 4 illustrates the rack in folded position; and Fig. 5 is an enlarged detailed drawing of the securing loop which acts to hold the rack in any adjustable set up position.

My clothes rack includes a transversely-extending main block 10 on the top surface of which a plurality of clothes drier arms II are pivotally mounted. Preferably these arms 11 are pivotally secured to the main block 10 by means of screws 12 with suitable washers or rings interposed between the screw heads and the upper faces of the arms II to prevent wearing of the wooden surfaces of the arms by the screw heads.

The main block 10 is pivotally supported between a pair of main legs 13. These main legs are connected near the bottom by a transverse wooden rod 14 and near the center by a similar rod 15.

A second, shorter and supplemental pair of legs 16 are pivotally mounted near their top ends on the center rod 15 and thus pivotally connected with the main legs 13. A wooden rod 17 connects the second pair of legs 16 near their bottom ends.

A gentral strut member IB, ,which is preferably longer than -the arms 10, has one end rigidly secured to the top surface of the main block 10, as clearly shown in Fig. 1. A central locking leg 19, pivotally mounted on the center rod 15, has a rounded upper end 20 adapted for slidable engagement with the bottom face of the central strut member 18. The lower end of the locking leg 19 is secured on the bottom rod 17.

A metal loop 21, pivotally carried in the top end of the locking leg 19, extends around the central strut member 18. A plurality of notches 22 are cut in the central strut member 18, each of which is adapted to engage the loop 21, and each of which thus is capable of cooperating with the loop 21 and the associated members for the purpose of holding the drier at different heights. As will be apparent from Fig. 3, the height of the central strut member 18 from the floor when the drier is set up, will depend upon the location of the particular notch with which the loop 21 is permitted to become engaged, the further the distance of the notch from the main block 10 the lower will be the height of the central strut member 18. Thus by providing a number of notches in the central strut member 18 the clothes drier can be set up at a number of different heights. o3 The clothes drier arms I I will of course always be at the same height from the floor as the central strut member 18 and will always lie in a horizontal plane when the clothes drier is set up.

The loop 21, pivotally carried by the locking leg 19, is easily and preferably made from a single piece of heavy wire bent into the shape of a more or less rectangular loop, as illustrated in Fig. 5.

One end of this piece of wire, extending down one side of the loop, is flattened as indicated at 23 and a hole is punched in the flattened portion.

Through this hole the other end of the wire is inserted after the other end has been passed through the supporting hole in the leg 19. Then the latter mentioned end of the wire, after being passed through the hole in the flattened portion 23, is peened or broadened, as indicated at 24 in Fig. 5, to prevent the loop from opening up.

When the clothes drier is to be folded up and set out of the way all that is required is to permit the loop 21 to become disengaged from its particular notch and permitted to slide along the central strut member 18 until the drier is in the completely folded position illustrated in Fig. 4.

The setting up of the drier is as equally simple and is easily accomplished by taking hold of the end of the central strut member 18 and lifting the drier so that the loop 2 will slide inwardly on the central strut member until it engages one of the notches 22.

As indicated, the entire drier, with the exception of the screws used for attaching the members to the main block and with the exception of the wire loop 21, can be and preferably is made out of wood.

I claim: An adjustable foldable clothes drier of the character described comprising a main block, drier arms pivotally attached to said main block, a pair of legs hinged to said main block at the ends of said block respectively, a rod connecting said legs approximately at their longitudinal center points, a second pair of legs, the upper ends of said second pair of legs pivotally mounted on said rod, a bar connecting said second pair of legs near their bottom ends, a central strut member rigidly secured to said main block and extending in the same plane with said drier arms, a central locking leg Divoted at its center on said rod and having its bottom end secured on said bar, a loop pivotally carried in the top of said locking leg, said loop extending around said strut member and slidable on said strut member, and a plurality of notches on said strut member for engaging said loop, said strut member being longer than said locking leg to prevent said loop from slipping off said strut member when said drier is folded up, said strut, locking leg and loop enabling an operator to set up the drier by one hand by grabbing the outer end of said strut beyond said loop.

DAVID W. WOLCOTT.

REFERENCES CITED 15 The following references are of record in the file of this patent: UNITED STATES PATENTS Number 417,627 713,308 911,160 1,583,695 1,982,205 Name Date Brower ------ - Dec. 17, 1889 Jolliffe ------- Nov. 11, 1902 Ringblom --------- Feb. 2, 1909 Lane -----------_ May 4, 1926 Doman -------_- Nov. 27, 1934