Title:
Inlay-type sink
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An inlay-type sink includes a table board having a hole and an annular insertion groove formed under the table board along a periphery of the hole. A sink includes a sink main body, a first horizontal flange section being annularly disposed along a periphery of the sink main body. A vertical skirt section being formed on an edge of the first horizontal flange section. The first horizontal flange section attaching to lower side of the table board. The vertical skirt section being inserted in the insertion groove of the table board; and retainer member locked under a bottom of the table board to together with the table board tightly clamp the first horizontal flange section. In case water infiltrates into the gaps between the table board and the first horizontal flange section, the water will be stopped by the vertical skirt section from leaking outside.



Inventors:
Chen, Yue-sheu (Taipei, TW)
Application Number:
12/458481
Publication Date:
01/28/2010
Filing Date:
07/14/2009
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E03C1/33
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Primary Examiner:
LE, HUYEN D
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE (ELLICOTT CITY, MD, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An inlay-type sink comprising: (a) a table board having a hole and an annular insertion groove formed under the table board along a periphery of the hole; (b) a sink including a sink main body, a sinkhole being formed on a bottom of the sink main body, a first horizontal flange section being annularly disposed along a periphery of the sink main body, a vertical skirt section being formed on an edge of the first horizontal flange section, the first horizontal flange section attaching to lower side of the table board around the hole, the vertical skirt section being correspondingly inserted in the insertion groove of the table board; and (c) retainer member locked under a bottom of the table board by means of screws, whereby the retainer member and the table board together tightly clamp the first horizontal flange section of the sink.

2. he inlay-type sink as claimed in claim 1, wherein the sink has a second horizontal flange section horizontally protruding from free end of the vertical skirt section to the center of the sink.

3. The inlay-type sink as claimed in claim 1, wherein an adhesive is filled in the insertion groove of the table board.

4. The inlay-type sink as claimed in claim 1, wherein an adhesive is filled in gaps between the first horizontal flange section of the sink and the lower side of the table board.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is related to an inlay-type sink including a sink main body. A first horizontal flange section is annularly disposed along a periphery of the sink main body. In addition, a vertical skirt section is formed on an edge of the first horizontal flange section. The vertical skirt section is able to stop water from leaking outside.

2. Description of the Prior Art

FIG. 8 shows a conventional kitchen cabinet. The kitchen cabinet includes a table board 51 formed with a hole 511. A sink 52 is bridged between the edges of the hole 511 with a flange section 521 of the sink 52 rested on the edges. Silicone 523 is filled in the gaps between the flange section 521 and the table board 51. The silicone 523 not only deteriorates the appearance of the kitchen cabinet, but also results in hygienic problem. FIG. 9 shows another type of conventional kitchen cabinet including a table board 51 and a sink 52. The table board 51 is formed with a hole 511 and the sink 52 has a flange section 521 horizontally protruding from top end of the sink 52. The flange section 521 attaches under the edges of the hole 511 of the table board 51. The sink wall 522 of the sink 52 is flush with the edges of the hole 511. Silicone 524 is filled in the gaps between the sink wall 522 and the edges of the hole 511. The silicone 524 not only deteriorates the appearance of the kitchen cabinet, but also results in hygienic problem. Moreover, water is apt to leak through the gaps. FIG. 10 shows still another type of conventional kitchen cabinet including a table board 51 and a sink 52. The table board 51 is formed with a hole 511 and the sink 52 has a flange section 521 horizontally protruding from top end of the sink 52. The flange section 521 attaches under the edges of the hole 511 of the table board 51. The sink 52 has a diameter larger than that of the hole 511. Therefore, the sink wall 522 of the sink 52 is spaced from the edges of the hole 511 by a certain distance. When washing something in the sink 52, the water is apt to leak through the gaps between the flange section 521 of the sink 52 and the table board 51 to contaminate the environment and cause hygienic problem.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore a primary object of the present invention to provide an inlay-type sink including: a table board having a hole and an annular insertion groove formed under the table board along a periphery of the hole; a sink including a sink main body, a first horizontal flange section being annularly disposed along a periphery of the sink main body, a vertical skirt section being formed on an edge of the first horizontal flange section, the first horizontal flange section attaching to lower side of the table board around the hole, the vertical skirt section being correspondingly inserted in the insertion groove of the table board; and retainer member locked under a bottom of the table board by means of screws, whereby the retainer member and the table board together tightly clamp the first horizontal flange section of the sink. When a user washes something in the sink, in case that the water flows downward from the upper face of the table board along the periphery of the hole and infiltrates into the gaps between the table board and the first horizontal flange section of the sink, the water will be stopped by the vertical skirt section from further horizontally advancing. Therefore, the water can be effectively prevented from leaking outside.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide the above inlay-type sink, which further has a second horizontal flange section horizontally protruding from free end of the vertical skirt section to the center of the sink. After the water infiltrates into the gaps between the table board and the first horizontal flange section of the sink, in case that the water further rises along the vertical skirt section, the water will be stopped by the second horizontal flange section from leaking outside.

It is still a further object of the present invention to provide the above inlay-type sink in which due to gravity, the water infiltrating into the gaps between the first horizontal flange section and the table board cannot further rise to pass over the vertical skirt section. Therefore, the water is effectively prevented from leaking out of the sink so as to keep the environment clean and hygienic.

The present invention can be best understood through the following description and accompanying drawings wherein:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of the inlay-type sink of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing that the sink of FIG. 1 is mounted in a table board;

FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged view of circled area 4 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a sectional view of a second embodiment of the inlay-type sink of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is an enlarged view of circled area 6 of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a sectional view of a third embodiment of the inlay-type sink of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a sectional view showing that a first type of conventional sink is mounted in a table board;

FIG. 9 is a sectional view showing that a second type of conventional sink is mounted in a table board; and

FIG. 10 is a sectional view showing that a third type of conventional sink is mounted in a table board.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Please refer to FIGS. 1 to 4. The inlay-type sink of the present invention includes: a table board 11 having a hole 12 and an annular insertion groove 13 formed under the table board 11 along a periphery of the hole 12; a sink 20 including a sink main body 21, a sinkhole 210 being formed on a bottom of the sink main body 21, a first horizontal flange section 22 being annularly disposed along a periphery of the sink main body 21, a vertical skirt section 23 being formed on the edge of the first horizontal flange section 22, the first horizontal flange section 22 attaching to lower side of the table board 11 around the hole 12, the vertical skirt section 23 being correspondingly inserted in the insertion groove 13 formed under the table board 11, the sink main body 21 being formed with a spill hole 24 positioned at a height lower than that of the first horizontal flange section 22, whereby when the level of the water contained in the sink main body 21 exceeds the first horizontal flange section 22, the water can flow out through the spill hole 24 to a gutter (not shown), (alternatively, the sink main body 21 being free from the spill hole 24); and retainer member 30 locked under a bottom of the table board 11 by means of screws 31. The retainer member 30 and the table board 11 together tightly clamp the first horizontal flange section 22 of the sink 20. When a user washes something in the sink 20, in case that the water flows downward from the upper face of the table board 11 along the periphery of the hole 12 and infiltrates into the gaps between the first horizontal flange section 22 of the sink 20 and the table board 11 in the path indicated by the arrows of FIG. 4, the water will be stopped by the vertical skirt section 23 from further horizontally advancing. Therefore, the water can be effectively prevented from leaking outside.

FIGS. 5 and 6 show a second embodiment of the inlay-type sink of the present invention, in which the sink 20′ has a second horizontal flange section 25 horizontally protruding from free end of the vertical skirt section 23 to the center of the sink 20′. Accordingly, after the water infiltrates into the gaps between the first horizontal flange section 22 of the sink 20′ and the table board 11 in the path indicated by the arrows of FIG. 6, in case that the water further rises along the vertical skirt section 23, the water will be stopped by the second horizontal flange section 25 from leaking outside.

As shown in FIGS. 3, 4, 5 and 6, in the inlay-type sink of the present invention, the sink 20 can be made of metal board material. Alternatively, as shown in FIG. 7, the sink 20″ can be made of ceramic material or any other suitable material. The material of the sink is not limited.

In the inlay-type sink of the present invention, an adhesive 131 such as silicone can be filled in the insertion groove 13 of the table board 11, in which the vertical skirt section 23 of the sink 20 is inserted. Also, the adhesive 131 can be filled in the insertion groove 13 of the table board 11, in which the vertical skirt section 23 of the sink 20′, 20″ and the second horizontal flange section 25 of the sink 20′ are inserted. This can more effectively prevent the water from leaking out of the table board 11 so as to keep the environment clean and hygienic.

In the inlay-type sink of the present invention, the table board 11 means a table board body of a cabinet, a washing basin or the like. The application range of the table board 11 is not limited.

As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, multiple compression screws 32 are screwed through the retainer member 30. The front ends of the compression screws 32 abut against lower side of the first horizontal flange section 22 of the sink 20 to tightly press the first horizontal flange section 22 against the bottom of the table board 11.

In the inlay-type sink of the present invention, an adhesive such as silicone is filled in the gaps between the first horizontal flange section 22 of the sink 20, 20′, 20″ and the lower side of the table board 11 so as to prevent the water from infiltrating into the gaps.

The above embodiments are only used to illustrate the present invention, not intended to limit the scope thereof. Many modifications of the above embodiments can be made without departing from the spirit of the present invention.