Title:
TV rack
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A TV rack for holding TV, CD player, stereo system, etc. is disclosed to include substantially U-shaped metal supporting frame bars arranged in parallel, wooden top, bottom and back panels and a wooden front open frame respectively supported on the substantially U-shaped metal supporting frame bars, and partition boards inserted into the wooden front open frame and secured to partition board holders at the wooden back panel.



Inventors:
Chang, Chien-kuo (Taichung City, TW)
Application Number:
10/637929
Publication Date:
02/10/2005
Filing Date:
08/07/2003
Assignee:
CHANG CHIEN-KUO
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
211/135
International Classes:
A47B47/00; A47B81/06; (IPC1-7): A47F5/00
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Primary Examiner:
MAI, LANNA
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHARLES E. BAXLEY, ESQUIRE (New York, NY, US)
Claims:
1. A TV rack comprising: a plurality of metal supporting frame bars arranged in parallel, said metal supporting frame bars each comprising an elongated vertical frame portion, an elongated top horizontal frame portion perpendicularly extended from a top end of said elongated vertical frame portion, and an elongated bottom horizontal frame portion perpendicularly extended from a bottom end of said elongated vertical frame portion and disposed in parallel to said elongated top horizontal frame portion; a wooden back panel fastened to the elongated vertical frame portions of said metal supporting frame bars and supported between the elongated top horizontal frame portions and elongated bottom horizontal frame portions of said metal supporting frame bars; a wooden bottom panel fixedly fastened to the elongated bottom horizontal frame portions of said supporting frame bars; a wooden front open frame fixedly fastened to the free ends of the elongated top horizontal frame portions and elongated bottom horizontal frame portions of said supporting frame bars and disposed in parallel to said wooden back panel, said wooden front open frame having a plurality of locating grooves; a plurality of partition board holders fixedly fastened to said back panel and horizontally aligned in a line; a wooden top panel fixedly fastened to the elongated top horizontal frame portions of said metal supporting frame bars and maintained in parallel to said wooden bottom panel; and a plurality of partition boards respectively engaged into the locating grooves of said wooden front open frame and said partition board holders and spaced between said wooden top panel and said wooden bottom panel.

2. The TV rack as claimed in claim 1, wherein said metal supporting frame bars include a left metal supporting frame bar, a right metal supporting frame bar, and a middle metal supporting frame bar spaced between the left metal supporting frame bar and the right metal supporting frame bar.

3. The TV rack as claimed in claim 2, wherein said wooden back panel has a plurality of top notches respectively disposed in a top side thereof and adapted to receive the elongated top horizontal frame portions of said left, right and middle metal supporting frame bars respectively.

4. The TV rack as claimed in claim 3, wherein said wooden back panel comprises two vertical end flanges respectively perpendicularly extended from two opposite lateral sides thereof and respectively hooked on the elongated vertical frame portions of said left and right metal supporting frame bars.

5. The TV rack as claimed in claim 1, wherein said wooden back panel has a plurality of elongated wire slots for the passing of wire members.

6. The TV rack as claimed in claim 1, wherein said metal supporting frame bars each have at least one horizontal mounting lug respectively provided at the free ends of the respective elongated top horizontal frame portions and elongated bottom horizontal frame portions.

7. The TV rack as claimed in claim 6, wherein said wooden front open frame is fixedly fastened to the horizontal mounting lugs of said metal supporting frame bars.

8. The TV rack as claimed in claim 1, wherein said wooden bottom panel having two end flanges respectively hooked on the elongated top horizontal frame portions of two of said metal supporting frame bars at two sides.

9. The TV rack as claimed in claim 1, where said partition board holders are U-shaped clamps fixedly fastened to said wooden back panel by fastening elements.

10. The TV rack as claimed in claim 9, wherein said U-shaped clamps are respectively equipped with a respective tightening up screw adapted to hold down said partition boards.

11. The TV rack as claimed in claim 1, wherein said wooden top panel is fixedly fastened to the elongated top horizontal frame portions of said metal supporting frame bars by fastening elements, having two end flanges respectively hooked on the elongated top horizontal frame portions of two of said metal supporting frame bars at two sides.

12. The TV rack as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a plurality of foot members.

13. The TV rack as claimed in claim 12, wherein said foot members are respectively fastened to the elongated bottom horizontal frame portions of said metal supporting frame bars at a bottom side.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to furniture and, more specifically, to a TV rack for holding TV, CD player, stereo system, etc.

2. Description of the Related Art

Regular TV rack for holding TV, CD player, stereo system, etc. may be made of metal or wood. A wooden TV rack wears quickly with use, and tends to deform due to high humility. However, a wooden TV rack gives a warm, comfortable, friendly touch. In market, wooden TV racks are more popularly accepted by consumers. A metal TV rack is durable in use and does not deform due to high humility or hot temperature. However, a metal TV rack gives a cold touch, difficult to attract consumers to buy.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is the main object of the present invention to provide a TV rack, which uses metal support members to support wooden plate members. It is another object of the present invention to provide a TV rack, which has the advantage of soft and friendly touch of wooden material and the advantages of weather proof feature and high durability of metal material. It is still another object of the present invention to provide a TV rack, which is easy to assemble.

To achieve these and other objects of the present invention, the TV rack comprises plurality of metal supporting frame bars arranged in parallel, the metal supporting frame bars each comprising an elongated vertical frame portion, an elongated top horizontal frame portion perpendicularly extended from a top end of the elongated vertical frame portion, and an elongated bottom horizontal frame portion perpendicularly extended from a bottom end of the elongated vertical frame portion and disposed in parallel to the elongated top horizontal frame portion; a wooden back panel fastened to the elongated vertical frame portions of the metal supporting frame bars and supported between the elongated top horizontal frame portions and elongated bottom horizontal frame portions of the metal supporting frame bars; a wooden bottom panel fixedly fastened to the elongated bottom horizontal frame portions of the supporting frame bars; a wooden front open frame fixedly fastened to the free ends of the elongated top horizontal frame portions and elongated bottom horizontal frame portions of the supporting frame bars and disposed in parallel to the wooden back panel, the wooden front open frame having a plurality of locating grooves; a plurality of partition board holders fixedly fastened to the back panel and horizontally aligned in a line; a wooden top panel fixedly fastened to the elongated top horizontal frame portions of the metal supporting frame bars and maintained in parallel to the wooden bottom panel; and a plurality of partition boards respectively engaged into the locating grooves of the wooden front open frame and the partition board holders and spaced between the wooden top panel and the wooden bottom panel.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1A is an exploded view of the supporting frame bars and the back panel according to the present invention.

FIG. 1B is an assembly view of FIG. 1A.

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the bottom panel and the assembly of the supporting frame bars and back panel according to the present invention.

FIG. 3A is an exploded view of the front frame and the assembly of the supporting frame bars, back panel and bottom panel according to the present invention.

FIG. 3B is an enlarged view of a part of FIG. 3A.

FIG. 4A is an exploded view of the partition board holders and the assembly of the supporting frame bars, bottom panel, front frame and back panel according to the present invention.

FIG. 4B is an enlarged view of a part of FIG. 4A, showing the structure of the partition board holder.

FIG. 5 is an exploded view of the top panel and the assembly of the supporting frame bars, bottom panel, front frame, back panel and partition board holders according to the present invention.

FIG. 6 is an exploded view of the foot members and the assembly of the supporting frame bars, bottom panel, front frame, back panel, partition board holders and top panel according to the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a schematic drawing showing the insertion of the partition boards into the framework of the supporting frame bars, back panel, bottom panel, front frame and top panel.

FIG. 8 is an elevational view showing the TV rack assembled according to the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIGS. 1˜8, a TV rack in accordance with the present invention is shown comprised of three supporting frame bars 10, a back panel 20, a bottom panel 30, a front frame 40, a plurality of partition board holders 50, a top panel 60, a plurality of foot members 70, and a plurality of partition boards 80. The supporting frame bars 10 are made of metal. The back panel 20, the bottom panel 30, the front frame 40, and the top panel 60 are respectively made of wooden material.

Referring to FIG. 1A, the supporting frame bars 10 are arranged in parallel, each comprising an elongated vertical frame portion 11, an elongated top horizontal frame portion 12 and an elongated bottom horizontal frame portion 13 respectively perpendicularly extended from the top and bottom ends of the elongated vertical frame portion 11 in same direction, and a plurality of mounting lugs 14 respectively perpendicularly extended from the free ends of the elongated top and bottom horizontal frame portion 12 and 13.

Referring to FIG. 1B and FIG. 1A again, the back panel 20 has a plurality of top notches 21 respectively located on the middle and two ends of the top side, two vertical end flanges 22 respectively perpendicularly extended from the two opposite lateral sides, and a plurality of elongated wire slots 25 for the passing of cables and power cords of electric appliances. The back panel 20 is mounted in between the elongated top horizontal frame portions 12 and elongated bottom horizontal frame portions 13 of the supporting frame bars 10 and closely attached to the elongated vertical frame portions 11 of the supporting frame bars 10, keeping the top notches 21 in engagement with the elongated top horizontal frame portion 12 of the supporting frame bars 10 and the vertical end flanges 22 respectively fixedly fastened to the elongated vertical frame portions 11 of the two supporting frame bars 10 at two sides by fastening elements, for example, screws 23.

Referring to FIG. 2, the bottom panel 30 is fixedly fastened to the elongated bottom horizontal frame portions 13 of the supporting frame bars 10 by fastening elements, for example, screws 31, having two end flanges 32 respectively hooked on the elongated bottom horizontal frame portions 13 of the two supporting frame bars 10 at two sides.

Referring to FIGS. 3A and 3B, the front frame 40 is an open frame fixedly fastened to the mounting lugs 14 of the supporting frame bars 10 by fastening elements, for example, screws 41, and kept in parallel to the back panel 20, having a plurality of locating grooves 42.

Referring to FIGS. 4A and 4B, the partition board holders 50 are U-shaped clamps fixedly fastened to the back panel 20 by fastening elements, for example, screws 51, and horizontally aligned in a line.

Referring to FIG. 5, the top panel 60 is fixedly fastened to the elongated top horizontal frame portions 12 of the supporting frame bars 10 by fastening elements, for example, screws 61, and maintained in parallel to the bottom panel 30, having two end flanges 622 respectively hooked on the elongated top horizontal frame portions 12 of the two supporting frame bars 10 at two sides.

Referring to FIG. 6, the foot members 70 are anti-skid foot members respectively located on the elongated bottom horizontal frame portions 13 of the supporting frame bars 10 at the bottom side.

Referring to FIG. 7, the partition boards 80 are respectively mounted in the framework formed of the supporting frame bars 10, the back panel 20, the bottom panel 30, the front frame 40, and the top panel 60, having the respective front side respectively engaged into the partition board holders 50 and secured thereto by tightening up screws 52 and the respective two opposite lateral sides respectively engaged into the locating grooves 42 of the front frame 40.

FIG. 8 illustrates the outer appearance of the TV rack when assembled.

As indicated above, the TV rack uses metal supporting frame bars to support wooden front frame and wooden top, bottom and back panels, i.e., the invention has the advantage of soft and friendly touch of wooden material and the advantages of weather proof feature and high durability of metal material. The metal supporting frame bars support the wooden front frame and the wooden top, bottom and back panels firmly in position. Further, the assembly procedure of the present invention is simple.

A prototype of TV rack has been constructed with the features of FIGS. 1˜8. The TV rack functions smoothly to provide all of the features discussed earlier.

Although a particular embodiment of the invention has been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications and enhancements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not to be limited except as by the appended claims.





 
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