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Патент USA US2111616

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Patented Mar. 22, 1938
En s'mrss
Charles L. Creech, Jr., Winston-Salem, N. C.
ApplicatibnOctober 18, 1934, Serial No. 748,856
2 Claims. (01. 311-56)
‘This invention relates to a refectory table.
The chief object of this invention is to provide
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a construction ‘in a refectory table which includes
Fig. 5 is a longitudinal sectional view through
the‘main table top and atop extension that
a modified form of the invention illustrating a
normally is nestable or socketed below the main
top and in a space provided between the main
top and the frame adjacent an end thereof,
which construction does not require the exten
simpli?ed adjustable form of the invention;
sion‘ top to be pulled out from its nested position
1O appreciably beyond the main top, elevated and
then returned toward its nested position but in
an elevated relation to its initial movement and
into abutting relation with the main top to- form
a continuation or‘an extension thereof, but which
extended’ and table top continuation forming
construction merely requires the pulling out of
extension top to the full length of its ex
tended movement and then the elevation there
of, thereby eliminating the return travel and
elevation-movement heretofore common in the
art of refectory tables.
The chief feature of the invention consists in
Fig. 6 is a transverse sectional view taken on
line 6—5 of Fig. 5,’ and in‘ the direction of the
Fig. 7 is a View similar to Fig. 5 of the form
of the invention illustrated in smaller scale in
Figs. 1 and 2.
Fig. 8 is a view similar to Fig. 5 and of a modi
?ed form of the invention shown in Figs. 4 and 5.
Fig. 9 ‘is a View taken at‘rigjht angles thereto
of the adjustably mounted bracket.
' Fig. 10 is a View similar to Fig. 5 of a modi?ed
_ form of the invention shown in ‘Figs. '7 and 5.
Fig. 11 is a View taken at right angles thereto
of the adjustably mounted bracket.
Fig. 12 is an enlarged view of the right end
of Fig. 2.
In the drawings It indicates a main top of a
pair of side rails
which the table top extensionmay be elevated - table. A frame comprises
H and two end rails 52. With the present form
into the plane of the table top upon being ex
of the invention, an individual leg-construction 25
25 tended from the nested or socketed position to
the full extent of the extended movement and and mounting are illustrated, and herein the
leg is indicated by the numeral 13, the anchor
maintained in elevated relation.
The present invention is illustrated herein as ing bolt by the numeral it, the adjacent rail
connecting member by the numeral l5, and the
of three di?erent types.
locking nut by the numeral ‘it. This corner
The full nature of the invention will be under
stood from the accompanying drawings and the construction is standard in. table constructions.
Any other corner construction, however, may be
following description and claims:
In the drawings, Fig. 1 is a bottom plan view substituted therefor without departing from the
of the table, the legs being shown in section broader features of the invention.
The top edges of the rails are spaced from the 35
and the table being equipped with the necessary
elements to comprise a refectory construction. bottom plane of the top by a depth at least equal ’
to the thickness of the table top extension ll.
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken
These extensions are commercially known as
on broken line 2—2 of Fig. l and in the direction
slides. Obviously, the tops of the legs termi
of the arrows.
Figs. 1 and 2 in the right hand ‘portion show nate in spaced relation to the top to permit 40
the top extension in the elevated and extended freedom of slide movement.
The means for securing the frame to the top
position forming a continuation-oi‘ the main top
includes four L-shaped, in cross section, blocks
of the table and the left hand portion of said
3, each of which has a portion iii that lies out
?gures illustrate a similar top, extension in the
side of the side rail and a portion 213 that lies be
nested or socketed position.
tween the same and the table top and spaces the
3 isa bottom plan view of a modi?ed form
rail from the top. Screwsv 2i secure the blocks 18
the provision of certain so-called “hardware” by
of the invention, wherein a common control is
associated with the individual “hardware” car-.
ried by each of the slide bars of the extension
1i is an enlarged vertical sectional view
of a modi?ed form of hardware similar to that
shown in Figs. 1 and 2 and of the individually
operable type, the extension being shown in the
to the table top and any suitable means secures
the rails to the blocks.‘ In this manner the frame,
consisting of the legs and the end and side rails, 50
are secured in relatively spaced'relation to the
table top and provide'an open space at each end
of the table for nesting the slide or top extension
l'i between the top and the frame and beneath
the top;
To mask the anchoring blocks which are suit
ably secured to the side rails and for ornamenta
tion in forming an unbroken or non-gap surface
between the two extension slides when nested,
and for bridging the space therebetween, are the
auxiliary rails 22 secured to the top as at 23.
The opposite ends of these rails 22 as at 22a may
serve asv stops for the rear edges of the exten
sion slides when in nested relation.
Any other suitable method of mounting the
table top upon the frame work and providing open
spaces at the ends of the frame immediately be
neath the top for nesting the slides may be em
ployed without departing from the broader fea
15 tures of this invention.
Extending from one auxiliary side rail 22 to
the other is an elongated member 24, the same be
ing secured to the table top as at 25. Portions 26
of the member 24, in depth, are approximately
20 only the thickness of the top extension, or in other
Words, the depth of the opening between the
frame and the main top. The auxiliary rails 22
mask the ends of the member 24 at the extensions
26. rl‘he member 24 inwardly of the extensions
25 28 is of greater depth and includes spaced slots 27.
‘These slots 21 accommodate the slide bars.
Herein a pair of slide bars 28 is provided for each
top extension and is suitably secured thereto as at
EU. The slide bars for each extension are offset
relative to the bars for the other extension and‘
the width of the slot 2'! in the bar guiding mem
ber 2A is double the width of the slides for two
extension All which is adapted to engage the bot
tom edge of a notch 42 in an end rail l2, as shown
clearly in the right hand portion of Fig. 2, to
maintain the slide extension I‘! in position as an
extension or continuation of the main top H).
The spring 3'! permits the cam like head 43 of
the member 39 to ride under a locking plate 44,
suitably secured at 45 in countersunk relation
upon the bottom of the table top. The counter
sunk portion communicates with the elongated 10
slot 46 which is provided to permit tilting move
ment of the member 39. A rod 41 is suitably se
cured to the member 39 as at 48 and is slidably
mounted in a groove 49 formed in the face of the
slide bar bearing or the slide. The rod 41 carries
at its free and outer end, a pull ring or similar
device 50.
The underface of each table top extension is
provided with a ?nger grip or groove 5|.
operation is as follows:-
The slide is engaged by gripping the same at
5! and is pulled outwardly to remove the slide
from its nested position, shown in Figs. 1 and 2
at the left, and as it is moved outwardly, the block
36 engaging in the slot 21, elevates the slide so 25
that the movement is more or less. in an inclined
bar accommodation. The slots 21 in depth are
considerably deeper than the depth of the bars.
plane directed upwardly into the plane of the
main table top. Near the immediate end of the
extension movement, the depending portion 4| of
the hardware, engages the bottom surface of the 30
slot 42 in the end rail l2. When thus engaged,
the top extension is maintained in table top
extension-forming position. When it is desired
to nest the extension, the two pull rings 58 are
Each bar near its free end carries an inclined
member or block 38 which engages the bottom of
supporting position, permitting the extension to
the recess 27 and causes the slide in its extending
movement to be automatically elevated until the
full extending movement is obtained. Near the
40 end of the extending movement certain hardware,
the speci?c subject matter of the invention, auto
matically becomes operable to elevate the top
extension into the same plane as the table top
at the end of the extending movement and to
45 thereafter support the same in such plane until
subsequently manually and positively released.
Each bar intermediate its ends includes an in
clined block 3! which has one edge 32 adapted to
serve as a stop by engaging the inside of the end
50 rail l2 when the slide is extended.
In alignment with each slide bar and near the
free end thereof when the extension top is nested
and secured to the table top, is an inclined block
33 which serves to force downwardly the rear or
55 free end of the slide bar and also serves more or
less as a stop to prevent upward tilting of the ex
tension top in the initial extending movement
thereof. In other words, the end of the bar must
?rst clear the inclined member 33 before rela
tively great tilting or elevating movement in the
extending movement of the extension top is
possible. This prevents marring of the top ex
In Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings, one, and the
65 preferred individual form, of the automatically
operable and manually releasible hardware for
elevating without retraction of the extension top,
illustrated. In said ?gures, the slide bar is
recessed as at 313 and suitably secured therein, is
a base plate 35. Said base plate has a tongue
struck therefrom to lie within the con?nes of
the recess 34.
Said tongue serves as an anchor
age for spring 31 secured .as at 38 to a depending
arm 35? of a member which is pivoted as at 123
75 on said plate. The member 39 has a depending
engaged which tilt the members 39 from their 35
drop downwardly and thereafter inward move
ment of the extension will nest the same beneath
the table top.
In the form of the invention shown in Figs. 1 40
and 2, at the end of the extending movement,
the upper portion 43 of member 39 having the
notch 52 therein, through the influence of spring
37, serves to receive the edge of plate 154 to fur
ther lock the extended leaf in the elevated
The plate 35 has struck from it a stop 53 which
limits tilting movement of member 39 under the
in?uence of spring 31.
In Fig. 4 a modi?ed form of the invention is 50
illustrated and in said ?gure, numerals of the
one hundred seriesv are utilized.
In this form
of the invention, the additional sustaining means,
such as the plate 43, cam portion 633 and notch
52 of the member 39, are omitted.
In Fig. 3 a still further modi?ed form of the
invention is illustrated and the same may be uti
lized with either form of the invention shown
in Figs. 1 and 2 or Fig. 4. In this form of the
invention a single pull member is provided to 60
simultaneously actuate both of the automatic
mechanisms embodying the hardware, the sub
ject matter of the speci?c invention disclosed
In this form of
bers 239 and 243
in turn connected
ably supported as
the invention, the two mem
are connected by a rod 269,
as at 25! to a red 24? slid
at 2129 and terminating in a
pull ring 25 .
In this. arrangement, the plates 235 are posi 70
tioned in recesses upon adjacent faces of the
slide bars and face each other while Figs. 1 and
2 illustrate a. reverse arrangement.
In Figs. 5 and 6 is illustrated a simpli?ed ad
justable form of the invention. Similar numer 75
als of the 300 series indicate similar parts. The
table top» is indicated by the numeral 310, the
extension top leaf by the numeral 3", the slide
by the numeral 328, the notch therein by the
numeral 334, the supporting plate by the numeral
335, the support member by the numeral 3“ piv
oted to the plate 335 at 340 and connected to
trip rod or means 347 at 343 and tensi-oned by
spring 331 connected to plate 335 at 336 and to
10 member 3“ at 338. Rod 34'! is nested in chan
nel 349.
The end rail M2 is slotted at 342 to accommo
date the slide bar 328. Rail SIZ supports in jux
taposition to each slot 342 an angle plate 300
15 secured thereto by screws 30! in offset, parallel,
inclined slots 302. Thus, angle plate 300 can be
invention, reference being had to the appended
The invention claimed is:—
1. In a refectory table having an extension
slide, slide supporting mechanism for sustaining
a slide in extended and aligned position adja
cent a main top. including a member pivotally
connected tov the slide and having a supporting
portion, means normally constraining said mem
ber into supporting position, a stop for limiting 10
the pivotal movement of said member to the sup
porting position, and means operatively associ
ated with the member for manually tilting said
member in opposition to the constraining move
ment, said member being automatically tiltable 15
in the movement of the slide in one direction
adjusted vertically and horizontally to insure
and’ being manually tiltable to permit movement
certainty of support for the lower end of mem
of the slide in the opposite direction, an adjust
ably supported angle member upon which the
ber 34L
The adjustable support shown in Figs. 5 and
6, it is to be expressly understood, may be substituted for the direct engagement of the sup—
port member upon the bottom of the notch in
the frame structure shown in Figs. 1 to 4, in
25 elusive.
In Figs. 8 and 9,’the form of the invention
shown in Fig. 4 is shown associated with the
adjustably mounted bracket. Numerals of the
400 series indicate parts similar to those simi
v30 larly indicated in Figs. ll, 5 and 6.
In Figs. 10 and 11, the form of the invention
shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 7 is shown associated
With the adjustably mounted bracket. Numerals
of the 500 series indicate parts similar to those
35 similarly indicated in Figs. 1, 2, '1, 5 and 6.
While the invention has been described and
illustrated in great detail in the foregoing, the
same is to be considered illustrative and not re
strictive in character. - These several modi?ca
tions thus illustrated and described, as well as
those speci?cally mentioned in addition thereto
and as well as others which will readily suggest
themselves to persons skilled in this art, are all
believed to be within the broad scope of this
supporting portion of said pivotal member rests, 20
and a stop for the supporting mechanism adja
cent the adjustable angle for limiting slide
2. In an extension table having a main top,
a supporting slotted frame therefor, and an ex 25
tension top nestable in the frame slot below the
main top, in combination a pair of substantially
straight parallel bars secured at their outer ends
to the underface of the said extension top hav
ing their inner ends free of frame engagement, 30
a'nested catch in the underface of the main top
adjacent the frame and in substantial registra
tion with each bar, an integral combintion latch
and extension top support pivotally carried by
the arm and normally constrained toward sup
port position and automatically movable into
frame engagement therefor where the extension
top is fully extended and into latch‘ and catch
engagement, stop means limiting the extension
movement, and manually operable means for tilt 40
ing said latch and support in opposition to the
constraint for releasing and lowering the exten
sion top preliminary to nesting thereof.
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