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.Fu?y 9, 1946.
Filed Dec. 25, 19.44
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Filed Dec. 25, 1944
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Patented July 9, 1946
Earl D. Drake, Greenville, Micln, ‘assignor to Gib
son Refrigerator Company, Greenville, Mich.,
a corporation of Michigan
Application December ‘23, 1944, Serial No. 569,454
4 Claims.
This invention relates to shelves and shelf
(Cl. 248——248)
generally tubular, as will be apparent from Fig
guides,~.particularly for refrigerators, but not nec—
essarily limited thereto.
The principal object of the invention is to pro
two parallel substantially coplanar ?anges Zll and
vide a shelf guide of simple and economical con
struction which can be readily installed and re
moved from a cabinet.
25. The slot 23 extends completely through the
vertical leg 22 from end to end thereof.
The guides I? are attached to the side walls
Another object of the invention is to provide
a shelf guide of ornamental appearance.
ures 2 to 4. The back of the tubular leg 22 is
provided with a longitudinal slot 23 de?ned by
It of the cabinet by suitable fastening elements
26. These may be conventional machine screws,
A still further object is to provide a shelf guide 10 such as are shown in the drawings. The fas
teners 26 are provided with heads 21 ‘which are
tening means which attach the guide to the cab
located within the hollow tubular portion. of the
guide. The heads 21 are large enough to overlie
inet wall.
A still further object is to provide a novel orna
the inner surfaces of the two adjoining ?anges
mental molding for embellishing the front ends 15 24 and '25. The fasteners 26 are held in place
of the shelf guides.
on the side wall 16 by any suitable resilient; means.
These objects will more fully appear in the
In the .present instance the resilient means: are
following speci?cation when read in connection
resilient “speed nuts” 28. The nuts are tightened
with the accompanying drawings, wherein
to the point where they resiliently bias the heads
Figure 1 is avertical cross-sectional view of a 20 of the fasteners against the inner faces of the
refrigerator cabinet embodying the invention;
?anges 24 and 25 and thereby pull the latter
Figure 2 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view
snugly against the inner surface of the side wall
taken on substantially the line '2-2 of Figure 1;
Hi. It will be evident, of course, that other re
Figure 3 is a fragmentary pictorial view of a
silient devices may be employed to pull the heads
constructed so as to completely ‘conceal the fas
portion of the cabinet wall and shelf guide show
' of the fasteners against the ?anges 24 and 25
and thereby resiliently clamp the same against
the side wall of the cabinet.
Figure 4 is a fragmentary pictorial view of the
It will be noted from Figure 3 especially that
shelf guide taken from the back thereof.
when the shelf guide 12 is attached to the cabinet
The drawings illustrate a refrigerator cabinet 30 side wall the fastening devices are completely
I 0 having a sliding shelf l I mounted upon a longi
concealed. However, the front ends of the guides
tudinally extending guide l2. Only one guide is,
present a raw and crude appearance, hence an
shown in Figure 1. Another identical guide is
ornamental molding 29 is provided. This molding
required to support the shelf II. The shelf Il
may take any convenient form, but is preferably
may be of any suitable construction, but prefer 35 suitably embellished with beading 30 or some
ably is a glass plate mounted on a suitable metal
similar ornamentation. Extending from the rear
lic or plastic frame l3. While but one shelf II
face of the molding 29 is a plug 3| which is of
substantially the same exterior shape as the in
is shown, it will be understood that others may
be employed and supported by similar guides l2.
terior cross-section of the hollow upright leg 22
The refrigerator cabinet is of substantially 40 of the shelf guide. Thus, when the guide 12 is
conventional design, It includes an outer casing
mounted on the cabinet wall [6 the plug 3| can
l4 and a liner 15 located within the outer casing
be inserted into the open end of the tubular leg of
and spaced therefrom. The liner is 1composed
the guide and held therein by frictional engage
ment. When that is done the guide presents a
of upright side walls IS, a top wall H, a bottom
wall [8, and a rear wall I9. Insulation 2:: is 45 complete and attractive appearance.
It will be evident that this invention presents
placed between the outer casing and the liner to
a number of advantages. Frequently the holes
minimize heat losses. The front of the cabinet
in the side walls adapted to receive a fastening
is closed by a conventional door indicated in
means are not arranged exactly the same dis
broken lines by numeral 9.
The two guides l2 are of identical construction 60 tance apart on a number of different cabinet
liners. Thus, if ordinary fastening devices were
but are oppositely arranged on the two side walls
l6. Only one guide and its manner of attach
used for ‘conventional shelf guides it would be
ment will be described. Each guide is of gen
difficult to insert the fasteners in the respective
erally L-shaped con?guration having a horizontal
openings. In the present instance, however, the
leg 2| and a vertical leg 22, The vertical leg is 66 fasteners can be moved longitudinally in the slot
ing the manner of attachment of the ornamental
molding thereto; and
tening means attaching said shelf support tov said
23 so as to register perfectly with‘ the openings
wall, said fastening means comprising a fastener
in the cabinet side walls.
having a head in said hollow portion and a shank
Furthermore, it is very often desirable to leave
the shelf guides out of the cabinet until the latter
is otherwise completed. In that casethe headed
extending outwardly through said slot and se
cured to said wall, the head of said fastener resil
iently engaging the inner surfaces of said ?anges.
fastening elements can be attached to the liner
2. In a cabinet having a shelf support as de
by inserting the same through the respective
openings and attaching the resilient nuts 28
thereto. Then after all enameling on the cabinet
liner is completed and the liner is assembled, the 10
shelf guides can be attached by inserting thev
rear ends of the ?anges 24 and 25 beneath the
head of the front fastener and forcing the guide
rearwardly. The same procedure is followed as
successive fasteners are encountered.
?ned by claim I, wherein said tubular portion is
open at one end and an ornamental molding is
provided for sealing said open front end, said
molding having a rearwardly extending plug
thereon adapted to ?t snugly within said tubular
guide to frictionally hold the molding on said
Due to 15
the resiliency of the nuts 28, such sliding move
ment of the shelf guides is possible. The shelf
guides can be readily removed also, if desired, by
3. In a cabinet having an upright wall, a shelf
guide mounted thereon for slidably supporting a
shelf, said guide comprising an elongated mem
' ber of L-shaped cross-section having a vertical
leg attached to said side wall, said vertical leg
being hollow to receive the heads of headed fas
tening elements and having an elongated slot in
the side of said vertical leg adjacent said side
wall through which‘ said fastening elements ex
tend, said fastening elements being slidable in
said slot.
4. In a cabinet, an upright wall, a horizontally
elongated shelf support comprising a generally
tubular attaching portion having a longitudinal
slot therein de?ned by flanges having parallel
reversing this procedure and can‘ be readily re- -
inserted when desired.
When ‘the guides are in place and the orna
mental moldings 29 are inserted, the fastening
means are completely concealed. Thus, the guides
can be suitably ornamented to harmonize with
the interior of the cabinet without consideration
to the fastening means. The appearance of the
entire cabinet is thus made exceedingly attrac
The scope of the invention is indicated in the
appended claims.
edges, said ?anges being juxtaposed to said wall,
and fastening means attaching said shelf support
to said wall, said fastening means comprising‘ a
fastener having a head in said hollow portion and
elongated shelf support comprising a generally
a shank extending outwardly through said slot
tubular attaching portion having a longitudinal
slot therein de?ned by parallel substantially c0 -85 and secured to said wall.
planar ?anges juxtaposed to said wall, and fas
I claim:
1. In a cabinet, an upright wall, a horizontally
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