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Sept. 27, 1938.
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_ Robert E. Schieber, Detroit, Mich.
Application November 19, 1936, serial No. 111,562 I c
12 claims. (ci. S11-„18)
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The invention `relates 'to a table of- the typé
Figure 11 is a vertical section taken through the
-*ada.pted to be folded into a recess in the wall of
a room when not in' use.
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lock von the line II-Il 0f Figure 6, 0n an en
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larged scale.
One object of the invention _is to provide a
5 folding table of large size adapted to collapse into
a relatively small wall recess. '
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_ 'Another object of the invention is to provide a
lock.
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Figure 13 illustrates one form of key- which
may be utilized for operating the lock.
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table of the type mentioned having a top surface
Figure.~14 shows a. vertical section> of the table
adapted to be folded upon itself when moved into
1o the Wan recess.
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in a. partially foldedcondition. ..
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Fig. _15 shows a vcrticai section cf the tab1emf10
A further object of the invention is to provide
a table adapted to be folded into an appropriate
Wall recess wherein the table top itself constitutes
its completely folded condition.
As shown best in Figures 1 and 2, the table
comprises a pair of elongated sectionsindicated
the closure element for said recess.
generally at I0 and II, pivotally connected to-
Another object of the invention is to provide a
folding table of large size adapted to be folded
gether at their adjacent ends and adapted-to be 115
collapsed into“ an opening indicated generally at `
and ‘unfolded with a minimum of effort and with-
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out theneçessity of supporting the weight of the
table.
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Work of angle iron members I4 upon which is see
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cured a laminated top,` the outer- edges of which 20
conform tol the outer faces of the angle iron
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members. In the preferred form, shown in Figs.>
A further object of the invention is to provide
_3 and fi, the top, comprises _a layer of sheet metal
a, table of the type described which is simple, in-
I 5 secured by rivets or Welding to the horizontal
.expensive to manufacture, light in Weight and
rugged in construction,
flanges of the angle iron members, and a layer 25
of linoleum I@ whichis secured to the sheet-metal
Other objects and advantages of the invention
As shown in Figs. 3 and 4, the sheet metal layer
is Vprovided with a series of spaced transversely _
extending channels or corrugations I'l for in- 30
creasing `its transverse rigidity. An edge ñnish _
strip i8 of aluminum or other suitable metal is
secured to the outer face of the angle iron mem
bers. The finish strip extends entirely around
unfolded.
both table sections and extends upwardly flush 35
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- Figure 2 is a perspective View of the table in its
unfolded or operative position.
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Figures 3 and 4 are enlarged longitudinal‘sec-
with the top surface of the linoleum. _
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It will be observed that this construction re- '
suits in a light Weight top of sturdy construction
tional'views of the inner and outer table sections,
and having a top surface of material which dead-
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ens sound and is highly resistant to marring.
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Figure 5 isa horizontal section ,taken on the line
5-5 of Fig. 3 showing the automatic locking
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means for holding'the table in its folded or in-
desired, additional sound deadening characteris
tics yrnaybe'sec‘zured by providing a layer of press
ed Wood or the like between the linoleum and
operative position.
sheet metal layers as shown in Figures 5, 7, 8 `and
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Figure 6- is a. plan view of the table in operative
45 position, .with parts broken away and others in
» section.
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`Figure _7 is a transverse vertical section taken
on the line 'l--ï of Figure 6.-_
‘Figure il is_ a-transverse vertical section taken
50 on the line 8_8 of Fig. 6.
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metal layer. If the sheet metal’layer is not used,
the angle- iron members I4 are secured directly
to the pressed wood layer by any _suitable means
such'as _countersunk flat headed rivets or bolts,
and the under side of the table is reinforced by 50
` 'transverse members I9, as _shown in Fig. 1.y
Figure 9 'shows a fragmentary longitudinal ver-
The abutting endsof the two‘table sections I0
tical section taken on the line 9-9 of Figure 6.
Figure 10 is a horizontal section taken on the
and II are hinged together by means of a hinge 20
having its hinge arms_welded,.riveted or other
“aline Ill-I8 of Figure 9.
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layer by any suitable means such as an adhesive.
will become apparent upon reference to the accompanying drawings, specification and the
claims hereinafter set forth.
.Referring to the drawings wherein like numei'als are applied to like parts in the several views :v
Figure -1 is a perspective view of the table illustrating the manner in which it is folded or
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The table sections> proper» comprise a. frame
Another object of the invention is\to provide an
automati'clocking means for holding the table in
inoperative position-
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Figure 112 is a fragmentary plan view of the
Wise permanently secured to the inner _sides of 55
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the end angle iron members I4, as shown in Fig
ures 3 and 4. The hinge is so arranged that the
top surfaces of the- two table sections abut each
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holding the adjacent end of the table in lts opera- _
tive position.
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A yoke memberV 52 is journaled at its ends on
other and lie in the same plane when the table _ plates 35 by means of pins ñxedly secured to the
is'unfolded and placed in its operative position.
When the'table is folded it is adapted to be
positioned within and close the recess 'I2 in the
downwardly extending ears .53 'on yoke 52 and ex-_
tending into suitable- openings in the lowenpor- ~
tions of the plate members. The yoke is provided
wall I3, which recess is provided with a sheet at its mid point with a housing having a trans
metal lining 30 covering the side wall, top wall, verse bore in which is ñxedly secured-the end of
10 back wall and a portion of the bottom wall of the .
a tubular strut member 54; and a pin 55 passing 10
recess. The side and top edges of the recess are
reinforced by angle iron members 3l, 32 and 33
which are welded'or othenwise ñxedly secured
together at the top‘corners of the recess. Posi
tioned at opposite sides of the recess adjacentl the
lower portion thereof is a pair of plates 35,`one
of which is shown in 'Figures 3, 9 and 10. Re
_through the yoke housing and- strut prevents >
.relative movement between the two. The oppo
site end' of strut 54 is pivotally connected to the
opposite end of -table section II. The latter con- .
nection comprises a. bracket 56 secured to the 15
under side ofthe table section I I at a point spaced '
inwardly from the outer end thereof by means of
ferring particularly -to Figure 10, _it will be seen _ machine screws 51 passing through the inwardly
that the plates 35 are seated against the inner legs _extending flange on angle iron members I1.
20 of angle iron members 3l and 32 and at _their Bracket 56 is provided with four pairs of spaced'
rear. edges’seat upon a. spacer member 36. A downwardly extending ears 58. through which is '
finish strip or bead 31 positioned inwardly of passed a rod 59. 'I‘he upper or outer end of the
the angle iron members 3l, 32--and 33.and flush 'tubular strut member 54 is provided with' a yoke
with their outer surfaces, frames the recess and 60 having bifurcated arms, the ends of which are
25 extends over the forward ‘edge of' plates 35, as journaled on rod 59 at points between the respec
shownin Figure 10.
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The constituent parts of the recess lining. or
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frame, that is, the lining 30, angle iron members
3|, 32 and 33, spacer’member 36 and the ñnish
strip 31 are permanently secured> together pref
erably by welding, riveting or the like to form an`
integral unit adapted to be installed in the wall
of a building as a permanent part thereof.
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addition, this unit is provided with a plurality of
35 anchor bars 39 welded at spaced points »along the
tive ears 58 of the outer pairs on bracket 56, as
best shown in Figure 8. Yoke 60 includes a cen
tral longitudinally extending housing> 6I, having
a bore in which is received the end of the tubular
strut member 54, as shown in Figue 3; and this 30
end of the strut is provided with interior threads
adapted to receive `a threaded adjusting plug 62,
which~ has a reduced end portion 63 passing freely
through the end of housing 6I. The reduced end `
portion 63 of plug 62 is provided with a slot for 354
inner faces of the angle irons 3|, 32 and 33, and _ engagement with a screw driver for the purpose of
an angle iron 40 welded to the top of lining 30 adjusting the position of the ends of strut 54
and extending outwardly beyond the sides ofthe with respect to housing 6I, and thus adjusting the
lining 30. 'Ihe anchor bars 39 and angle iron 40 elevation of the outer end of the table section
40 are embedded in the wall I3 to reinforce the recess
lining -frame. The plate members 35 may form
I I. A nut 64 is threaded on the'reduced end sec
tion 63 of the adjusting plug for the purpose of
a permanent part of the recess lining unit,_if holding the shoulder on plug 62 against the bot
desired, but they are preferably secured in place tom of the bore in the housing 6I and locking the
by machine screws passing through the plate and parts in adjusted position.
45 angle iron members 32 and 33 and spacer mem
The outer end of the table section I Il is sup 45
bers 36 to facilitate installation.
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ported by means of a leg structure comprising a
Plate members 35 are provided with slots 40, . frame having a pair of spaced upright members
the lower portions of which extend vertically 10 and 1I connected by horizontall .transverse
while the upper portions incline upwardly and members 12 and 13, which have intermediate oil’
50 outwardly of the recess, as shown best in Figure 3. set portions 14 and 15, respectively, to accom
In addition, plate members 35 are provided with modate the strut member `54 when the table- is 50.
vertically-extending grooves in their rear faces folded. The upright> members 10 and 1I are
for the reception of sliding latch members 4I, curved outwardly above the upper horizontal
shown best in Figures 9 and 10. 'I'he latch mem
member 13, as shown in Figure '1, and terminate
55 bers 40 are adapted to fall by gravity in their in vertically extending portions journaled respec
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tively on pins 16 and 11, carried by downwardly
- respective grooves across the adjacent slots 40
in the members 35; and pins 42 are provided to extending ears 18 and 19 on a horizontally ex
‘prevent complete withdrawal of the latches tending bracket member 80. Pins 16 _and 11
may take the form of headed bolt-like members,
from their recesses.
The inward edge of the table top section II is as shown in Figure '1,.in which case they'may be
held against axial movement'with respect to the
` provided with an end piece 49 secured by ma
chine screws, rivets or by welding to the down
wardly extending leg of the adjacent angle iron
65 member I4; _and a pair _of pins 50, ñxedly Secured
in the ends of the member v49, provide journals
for a pair of rollers 5I which are positioned within
the slots 40 of members 35. These rollers provide
one connection between the table top- and the
70 recess lining or frame structure, and movement
of the rollers in the slots guides the table during
its folding and unfolding movements. It will be
observed that latch members 4I are adapted _to
- fall 'by gravity into a position wherein they lock
the rollers at the upper ends of slots 48, thus
ears 18 and 19 by means of cotter pins and wash
ers at the headless ends thereof. Bracket mem
ber 80 is secured to the underside of the table
section I0 by means of screws 8| passing into the
horizontal flange on the angle iron members I1,
or the bracket 88 may be welded to the angle
iron members and spot welded to the sheet metal
layer I5, if desired.
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The lower ends of the upright leg members 10 70
and 1| are curved outwardly` and terminate'in
vertical cylindrical housings 85 and 86, in each of ~
which is journaled the trunnion of a pivotally
mounted wheel unit, indicated generally at 81
and 88 respectively. 'I‘he elevation of the outer
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end of table section I 0 may be adjusted by means - folding mechanism and mar or injure the same.. ‘
of the cap screws 89 and 90, which are threaded
In addition to the function of folding the leg
into the upper ends of housings 85 and 86, respec- - frame structure automatically during folding of
tively, and bear upon the ends of the wheel unit
trunnions. I_nck nuts are provided for fixing the
cap screws 89 and 90 in adjusted position. In
- use the ïwheel units 81 and 88 are not intended to
function as caster wheels, but are fixed against
rotation about their trunnion axes in a’slightly
10 toed-in position> by means of cap screws 9| and
92. This slightly toed-in’position of the wheels
the table, the structure just described performs
that function in 'such a manner as to materially
assist in the table folding operation. This follows'A
from the fact that the leg frame folding links |-|5
and I I6 are in effect connecting rods operated 'by
a crank arm which in the unfolded position of
the table extends in line with the linksI I5 and IIB.
The crankarm-in this case is thatjportion of the
guides the outerI end of a table in a straight line `table- top II between hinge 20 and 'rod 59.'- As a
as the table is folded and unfolded. Itis apparent result of4 this arrangement the rod 59 lduring
that if adjustments in the alignment of these initial table folding movement moves approxi.l
15 wheels are desired, it can be accomplished by mately perpendicularly to the plane of ‘table- top
loosening the cap screws 9| and 92 and turning portion I0 and therefore causes Very> little fold
the wheels to the desired position. I ‘
ing movement of the leg- frame structure-with re
Means are provided for automatically folding spect to top I0. Accordingly during initial table
the leg frame structure, just described, against folding movement the leg frame structure re
the under side of the table section I0, as the table mains substantially perpendicular to -top -I0 and
‘is folded into the wall recess. This means, as the fioor engaging Wheel units 81 and 88 will
best shown in Figures 4, 6 and '1, comprises a pair therefore be moved inwardly toward the wall.
of links |00 and |0I, each of which is pivotally This materially increases the amount >of table top
-secured at one end to one of the upright leg
I0 which loverhangs thcl floor engaging wheel
members 10 or 1| by means of a cap screw I|02 . units ;` and theadded overhanging weight assists
having. a shoulder thereon, as shown in Figure '1,
for spacing the head from the adjacent upright
member and preventing binding of the pivotal
connection. 'I‘he upper ends of link members |00
,.30 and |0| are journaled upon the outer ends of a
pair of pins |03 and |04 respectively, which are
in elevating the inner end of the t'able top, I 0 dur
ing the early portion of the folding movement.
When the table is folded into thev reces's,~the
inner section- I| is automatically locked in place'
by the lock mechanism shown at the top -of Figure
3 and in thesection view of Figure 5. This lock .
carried respectively in longitudinally extending
slots ina pair of longitudinal frame members |05
mechanism comprises an *L-shaped plate |20 per
manently secured to the back wall of lining 30,;as
and |06. Frame members |05 and |06 are secured
at their outer ends by cap screws I I0 to an elon
"ated horizontal ñange I | I on the end angle iron
I4, and are secured by similar screws I I2 at their
inner ends to the bracket member 80 upon which
horizontally extending slot; and,a double arm
laten member |23 ie pivetanyfme’unted within the`
II5 and IIB, respectively, thus moving pins |03
‘ |25 on the latch member until it assumes theV
and |04 to the right in the slotted members |05
and |06. >Such movement of the pins |03 and |04
effects, through links |00 and |0I, a folding of the
leg frame structure about the pivot pins 16 and
position shown in_'Figure 5. During this'm‘ove
by a rivet I2I.
Member |20 is provided `with a
slot by means`of afvertically extending pin- |24. '
'I'he extremities 'of the ldçuble arm latch are
the leg frame structure is pivoted. Upon the spaced apart _slightly more than-the width of
40 i'nner ends of pins |03 and |04 are journaled re
finish strip I8 on the table top and are curved
spectively the ends of a pair of elongated link A inwardly of the recess` in such a manner that, re
members I I5 and |I6, the opposite ends of which gardless of the pivotal movement of theflatch
are journaled on the rod 59 between the respec
about pin |24, at least one of thearms has its ex
tive ears 58 of the inner pairs. As indicated tremity projecting int? the path of the movement
in Fig. 3, links I I5 and IIB pass through suitable of the table top sections.
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slots in hinge 20 when the table is unfolded.
As the result of the ar'rangement'just described,
By reason of the structure just described, it is the latch mechanism operates in the following
apparent that folding movement of the table top manner. As the table is folded inwardly from
about hinge 20 will move rod 59 toward the outer the position shown in Figure 1, the outer edge of
50 end of the table section l0. This movement is
the inner table top section II first passes the ex
transmitted to pins |03 and I04by means _of links tremity |26 on latch |23 and thenthe extremity
ment, the latch is cammed out'of the way by its`
»inclined end surfaces and freelyrotates first to'a 55
position wherein extremity |26 _is out of the path
11, in the manner indicated in Figures 1, 14 and ` of movement of table top section Il_and then to
' 15. The linkages are so arranged that when the -fthe position wherein- the oppositeextremity |25 is
table is folded entirely Within the recess I2, the out o_f that path. Further collapsing` move-`
-60 leg frame structure will be collapsed substan
ment of the, table top swings the outer section I0` f
tially parallel with _the table top section I0, as about itshinge connection 20 with'the table top
shown in Fig. 15, at which time it will overlie the section I I until the side edge _of section I0 engages
tubular strut member 54, the offset portions 14 the extremity |16` of the latch member, forcing it
_ and 15 of transverse leg frame members 12 and 13
into slot |22, as_shown in Figure -5.‘ This >results
being provided to accommodate the tubular strut in a -pivotal movement, cf the latch. |23 to a posi
_ member at this time,- as previously mentioned.
In addition, the rate of foldingis such that the
free end of table section I0 is always supported
free of the ñoor by means of the wheels on- the
leg structure. One of the advantages of this form >
of mechanism for folding the leg is that, except
for the short links`|00 at theouter end, all of
the linkage lies` close to the under side of the
table. This is desirable since otherwise persons
seated at the table might ,place their feet on the
tion wherein'the extremity |25§locks inner table ’
top section _II against outward movement. 'It will
be observed that the lock mechanism just de- `
scribed automatically locks the table top section"
II in its folded position and that the latch. can 70
only be released by’a predetermined outwardL
pivotal 'movement of -.the table top section I0
about its hinge connection 20 with the section II. In Figures 11, 12'and 13 is shown a. locking j
means for‘securing the outer table Ítop Section 75
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A`->I0 within the îrecess. ~>This means comprises a table is installed, it may be readily adjusted to a
rotatable locking member |3_0 journaled in the 'level position regardless of irregularities'in the
table top section I0 on a bushing |3|. Member floor b_y means„of .the adjusting plug |62 on the
|30 and bushing |3| terminate flush with the strut member 55 and the adjusting cap screws
top surface of the table, and hence do not inter
89 and 90 onthe wheel units 81 and 68. Once
fere'with the normal using‘of the tableanddo this adjustment is made for any given installa
not presenta projection upon which persons - tion, there is ordinarily no necessity for further
might be injured when the table is folded within
its recess. The under side of rotatable locking
member |30 has an outwardly extending flange
|32 underlying the table top and carrying a pair
of diametrioally opposed vertically extending pins
|33 and |34', to which are pivotally connected the
.I ~ ends of a pair of oppositely directed locking Arods
|35 and |36. As best shown in Figures 6, 11,
and 12, the ‘transverse bracket member l60 upon
which 'the leg structure is pivoted` has an in
wardly extending `projection -|3'll which under
lies and provides a housing for the rotatable lo`ck
20 ing member |30. y The housing is provided with
a pair of oppositely directed lateral slots |30V and
|33 through which the locking rods |35 and |36
adjustment during the life of the table.'
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.When it is desired to fold the table from the
position shown in Figure 2, it is only necessary 10
to lift latch members 4|l whereupon the weight
ofthe >`table top section || will cause it to fall
downwardly to a slight extent, guided by the roll
ers 52 in slots 40 of the plate members 35. As
soon as the "rollers have moved downwardly‘from
the position` shown in Figure 9, the latch mem
bers 4_| may bereleased since they cannot there
after fall back into locking position. It will be
observed that the weight of theinner end of the
_table top section Il, in causing that end of the 20
section >to drop downwardly, tends to elevate the
outer end of, the section ||, the hinge connec
extend, respectively. 'The outer extremities of tion 20, and the innerend of the table top sec
the locking rods l|35 and |36 extend through tion I0. This initiates the folding, and increases
suitable openings in the angle`iron side members 'the amount of overhang of top I0 over wheel
Il. and I8 andare adapted, when the rotatable units 81 and 80 as previously described, accord 25.
locking member I 30 is rotated, to project beyond ingly the folding action can be completed by a
the outer faces of ñnish strips i6 and to engage relatively light inward push on the outer ex
in suitable openings |40 in the plate members
30 A»35 of the recess to lock the outer table section
| 0 within the recess.
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While any suitable means, such as a handle,
. may be ‘utilized to rotate the lock member |30,
in the preferred form shown in the drawings this
rotation iseifected by.a removable key,- shown in
tremity of the outer table section l0. It will
be noted that at no time is it necessary to sup 30
portthe weight of any portion of the table when
folding or `unfolding the same inasmuch as the
supporting wheels- always remain in contact with
the floor.
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As the sections move into the recess, latch |23 35
Figure 13, which may be .inserted within a key locks the inner table section || against outward
slot> |4| in member |30 for rotating the same. swinging movement and thus prevents accidental
The slot |4| in the` rotatable lock-lng member |30 unfolding of the table. The oute? section |.0 is
is provided with an enlarged portion inwardly of Íthen locked in positionby means of the key and
40 the exposed face of member |30. This enlarge
locking mechanism vshown in Figures 10, 11, 12
-ment of the inner end of the slot deñnes a pair and 13. In the completely -folded position, the 40
of shoulders |42 and |43 extending in a plane recess is closed by the table top section |0, which
parallel to the table top. By reference to Fig
.lies substantially flush, with the wall and presents
ure 412, _it will be seen that the enlarged inner no projections upon which persons may catch`
45 section of slot |4| has its side walls parallel to their clothing or.. against which they might col
each other but positioned at an angle with re
lide. ‘This is important inasmuch as one field 45
spect to the side walls. of the entrance portion of of use for the table is in connection with schools
slot |4|, with the result that the shoulders |42 whereit is desired to use a given ñoor space al
and |43 formed at the juncture of the two rslot ternatively for a lunch or study room and a p1ay._
_ vportions are triangular in shape.
room, and projections from the wall of a. chil
The key shown in Figure 13 1s providedv with '-‘dren's play room are a source of danger.
a pair of oppositely disposed transverse grooves
|50 and |5| adjacent its ends, which deiìne
shoulders |52 andv |53. It will be seen that when
55 the key is inserted into slot |4| and rotated in a
clockwise direction to unlock the ‘table top sec
What is claimed is:
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' 1. In a folding table construction or the like,
a supporting member, a table or the like includ
ing a pair of top sections pivotally connected
together for movement into a common plane with
tioniñ, the shoulders |52 and |53 will engage _their edges in abutment, means connecting one
under the shoulders |42 and |43 in the slot of
the locking` member |30. Such inter-engage
ment of the shoulders on the key and on'the
locking member prevents withdrawal of the key,
with the result that _the key may be utilizedto
pull the table top section |0 out of the recess.
However, when the key is rotated in the opposite
65 direction to lock the table top in position within
the recess, shoulders |52 and |53 cannot engage
under the shoulders |42 and |43 in the locking
of the sections to'said support for swinging move
t ment froma horizontal position into a vertical
position, a supporting leg pivotally secured to
the other section, ñoor engaging rolling means 60
-carried by said leg, Vand means for positively
swinging said leg toward the plane of the other
section as the sections are foldedtogether.
2. In a‘folding table construction or the like,
a supporting member, a table or the like includ- . 65
ing .a pair of top' sections pivotally connected
member, and thus when the locking is completed ' together for movement into a common plane
the key may be easily withdrawn.
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with their edges in abutment, means connecting
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It will be observed from the above description
that there is provided, in accordance with this
invention, a relatively simple folding table of
large size adapted to 'form a permanent part of
the wall of a room, and which is very easily folded
75 or unfolded into a recess in the wall. When the
one of the sections to said support for swinging
movement'from a horizontal position into a ver
tical position,’a supporting leg pivoted at one
end to the under` side of the other top section, _
floor engaging rolling means at the opposite end
of said leg, and means lfor automatically swing
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ing said leg toward the planev of said other top
section as the rolling means moves along the ñoor
during folding movement.
3. In a folding table construction or the like,
a supporting member, a table or the like includ
ing a pair of top sections pivotally connected
together for movement into a common plane
with their edges in abutment, means connecting
one of the sections to said support for swing
10 ing movement from a horizontal position into
a vertical position, a supporting leg pivotally se
cured to the other section, floor engaging rolling
said latch means being operated automatically
by the other section as it swings about the pivotal
connection between said sections and into said
recess.
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8. In combination, a wall having a- recess there
in, a table top or the like including a pair of
sections pivoted together, means for connecting
said top sections to the wall for movement _into
said recess with the two sections folded over one
another in spaced substantially parallel vertical
planes, automatic means for locking the inner
most section within the recess independently of
means carried by said leg, and means for swing
ing said leg toward the plane of said other sec
tion of the table as the table is folded, said last
mentioned means including a link pivotally con
the outer section, said means being operated
nected at one end to the first top section at a ,
9. In a folding table construction or the like,
a supporting member, a table top or the like
point spaced from the axis of the pivotal con
nection between said sections and operatively
20 connected at its opposite end to said leg at a
point spaced thereon from the axis of the leg
pivot.
4. In a folding table construction or the like,
a supporting member, a pair of top sections piv
25 otally connected together for movement into Àa
common plane in edge-to-edge abutment, means
connecting one of said top sections to said sup
porting member for combined rotary and trans
latory movement from a horizontal position
30 spaced from the :door to a substantially vertical
position with one edge adjacent the floor, and
floor engaging means for supporting the other
top section and guiding said sections in their
when the outermost section moves into said re
cess, and additional means for locking the outer
most section in said recess.
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formed of two sections pivotally secured together,
means for pivotally connecting one of said sec
20
tions to said support at a point adjacent the
edge remote from the other section, a strut mem
ber pivoted to said support and to the opposite
edge of said one section, and a rolling support
for the other section adapted to guide said sec 25
tions in their folding movement, said strut and
said rolling support being adjustable for leveling
the top sections.
10. In a folding table construction, a support
ing member having an upwardly extending slot 80
therein, a table top having means adjacent one
edge for engaging in said slot, releasable means
associated with said member for holding said
folding movement.
edge of the table at table height, a second table
5. In a folding table construction or the like, top pivoted to the opposite edge of said first 35
35
table top, a rolling support for the outer end
a supporting means, a pair of top sections pivot
ally connected together for movement into a of said second table top, and a strut pivoted
common plane in edge to edge abutment, means to said support and to the tlrst table top adjacent
its outer end whereby the weight of the inner
connecting one of said top sections to said sup
porting member for combined rotary and trans
end of the first table top tends to cause said
latory movement from a horizontal position table top sections to buckle upwardly about their
spaced from the iìoor to a substantially vertical pivotal connection.
position with one edge adjacent the floor, and
11. In a folding table construction, a support
floor engaging means for supporting the otherv ing member having an upwardly extending slot
45 top section and guiding said sections in their therein, a table top having means adjacent one
folding movement, said floor engaging means edge for engaging in said slot, releasable means
being pivoted to said other section, and means associated with said member for holding said
for automatically folding said ñoor engaging edge of the table at table height, a second table
means towards the plane of s_aid other section as top pivoted to the opposite edge of said ñrst table
top, a rolling support for the outer end of said 50
50 the sections are folded together.
6. In a folding table construction'or the like, second table top, and a strut pivoted to said
a supporting member having an upwardly ex
support »and to the first table top adjacent its
tending slot, a top comprising -a pair of sections outer end whereby the weight of the inner end
pivoted together for movement into a common of the ñrst table top tends to cause said table
55 plane with their adjacent edges in abutment, top sections to buckle upwardly about their plv 55
means on one of said top sections adjacent its otal connection, said strut being adjustable in
length to permit leveling of said table tops.
free edge for engaging in said slot, a strut mem
ber pivoted at one end to said supporting mem
12. In a folding table construction or the like,
ber and at the opposite end to said one top sec
a supporting member having an upwardly ex
tion adjacent the abutting edge thereof, and a tending slot, atop comprising a pair of sections
rolling support for the other top section.
. pivoted together at their ends for movement into
7. In combination, a wall having a recess there- . a common plane with their adjacent ends in
in, a table top or the like including a'pair of abutment, means on one of said top sections ad
sections pivoted together for movement from a jacent its free end for engaging in said slot, a
common horizontal plane into overlapping rela
strut member pivoted at one end to said sup
tion in spaced substantially parallel vertical porting member and at the opposite end to said
planes, means connecting the free edge of- one one top section intermediate the ends of the
`section to said wall. for a swinging movement latter, and a rolling support for the other top
into said recess with the opposite edge thereof section.
ROBERT E. semana. 70
70 adjacent the upper end of the recess, and latch
means for locking said one section in said recess.
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