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Nov. 26, 1946.;
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J. c. LA RUE
> 2,411,658
KNOCKDOWN PICNIC TABLE
Filed June 12, 1944
IN VEN TOR.
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panion case,; the .1 transverse. members 'I,iIwl-iich
This invention relates tothe art of knockdown
tables,'especially picnic tabl_es',~:—'a'nd is an improve
maybe of lmetal'tubingghave the inverted sub
ment upon my Letters Patent No. 2;362,567 issued
November 14, 1944:.in fact?is a continuation in
be'of metal tubing, welded thereto. :Theatable
stantially. ueshaped members 2,‘ which . may also
bo'ard;3 is;adapted to rest upon the‘ members .2
when employed as atable, as illustrated in Fig. l,
part
- 'From
thereof.
the other
- case
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above
.. mentioned-At will
. be
seen that the table lconsists of paralleLutrans
versely extending supports :upon which vhoards
are placed; and that, thesesame boards may be
placed upon these same-‘supports inverted,- vin 10
which case the boards occupy the same plane as
thoseof theseats at the sides ‘of. the table and
thusserveasabed.
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The object of the presentinvention is to; devise
a means forlholding the table board or boards
and the seat boards 4 are adapted ,to rest upon
the end portions of the membersl. At each end
of eachmember I there isv provided a T-connece
tormember 5‘which' is threaded at its'upper and
lower ends. The. lower ends‘of these T‘-‘members
5 are adapted toreceive the legs, .6 .while- the
upper ends thereof are adapted to extend through
corresponding apertures in the seat members and
15 to receive the ?anged screw-sthreaded members
in proper position when serving eitheras a table
or as part of a bed. v
More speci?cally, the object of the'present in
8 for holding the seat membersin.position?ff
If so desired, the members I can be inverted
- so as to support the table and seat boards side
by-side for use as a bed, as illustrated in Fig. 4.
vention is to devise a means for preventing acci
Now I will explain my present improvement in
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dental movement of the table board or boards
either horizontally, longitudinally or upwardly
when in either of the two assemblies above re- '
connection with the structure that I have just
briefly described. This improvement consists of
a cleat which is attached to the under-side of
ferred to.
the table board 3, one near each of the four cor
Another object is to devise such a means that
will at the same time serve to brace the entire 25 ners thereof. Each cleat is of a substantially
table structure when arranged in either of the
two assemblies mentioned.
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Another object is to devise such a means that
W-shape with a middle roundedportion II, sub
stantially parallel portions I2 extending from the
rounded portion II, and upwardly inclined por
tions I3 terminating ‘in the outwardly extending
is of simple construction and hence not costly 30
?ange I4 for attachment to the under-side of the
and that can be employed without interfering
with the knockdown construction of the entire _ board 3 by means of screws. The rounded portion
II and the parallel portions I2 together consti
table.
tute a substantially inverted U-shaped portion
Other objects will appear from the following
which is adapted to fit over the member I so
description and claims when considered together
35 as to have effective snug engagement therewith.
with the accompanying drawing.
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Each cleat is provided with registering holes
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a knockdown
through
the four portions I2 and I3 to accommo-_
picnic table of the type shown in the above com
date av readily removable pin I5 which may have’
panion case and to which my present improve
ment is applied;
effective frictional engagement therewith. This
Fig. 2 is a sectional detail view taken on line 40 provision is made near the outer lower corner of
the cleat, in each ‘instance, so that the pins I5
2-2 of Fig. 4;
will be located closely adjacent to the upright
Fig. 3 is a partial view showing one of the cleats
portions 2a of the members 2. This is for the pur
in elevation;
Fig. 4 is an end view ofmy knockdown table, 45 pose of preventing the table board 3, to which
the cleats are attached, from being accidentally
referred to, with the table and seat boards ar
dislodged laterally in either direction or upwardly,
ranged ‘as a bed and with my present improve
the pins extending beneath the top parts of mem
ment; and.
I
bers 2.
Fig. 5 is a partial view showing a modi?cation.
The pins I5 have sufficiently snug fit in their
It is to be understood that the present form
of disclosure is merely for the purpose of illus 50 holes to remain in such assembly but they may
be readily removed when it is desired to ‘dis
tration and that there might be devised various
assemble the table construction.
modi?cations, thereof without departing from the
The pins I5 will perform the same function
spirit of my present invention as herein set'forth
whether the members I be in upright position, as
and claimed.
As more fully explained in the above com 55 in Fig. 1, or in inverted position, as in Fig. 4.
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The engagement of the members I within the
inverted U-shaped portions of the cleats will be
su?iciently snug to prevent accidental dislodge
ment of the table board 3 lengthwise in either di
rection.
1. An article of furniture comprising a support
ing frame having spaced parallel members, dupli
cate inverted substantially U-shaped members ex
tending upwardly from said parallel members, the
legs of said inverted U-shaped members being in
Furthermore, the provision of these cleats at
the four corners of the table board 3' in the man
clined inwardly and upwardly, a top member
dislodgement of the board in the same manner as
wardly, seat members adapted to rest upon said 7
adapted to rest upon the top of said inverted U
ner herein explained, with their interengagement
shaped members to the full extent of said members
with the members I, will serve also as a means
and to have its ends inserted between the lower
of bracing and hence strengthening the entire 10 ends‘ of said legs and to be supported upon said
assembly.
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parallel members, and cleats attached to the un
In Fig. 5 I have shown the substantially U
derside of said top member, each cleat having a
shaped tubular portions of the frame with their
substantially inverted U-shaped portion adapted
side legs 20 inclined upwardly and inwardly from
to snugly engage over either the top of one of said
the transverse member I; and the table board 3 is 15 inverted U-shaped members or one of said par
of proper width to permit it to be placed between
allel members.
the side legs 20 and supported upon the trans
2. An article of furniture comprising a support
verse members ! without having to invert the
ing frame having spaced parallel members, dupli
same. The cleats are applied to the under-side
cate inverted substantially U-shaped members ex
of the table board in the same manner as above 20 tending upwardly‘from the middle part of said
explained. When the board 3 is positioned to
parallel members, the legs of said inverted U
serve as a table, the pins l5 will prevent lateral
shaped members being inclined inwardly and up
above explained; and the engagement of the
parallel members at the two sides of said inverted
board 3 with the legs 26 will prevent lateral dis 25 U-shaped members, a table member adapted to
lodgement thereof when it occupies position in
rest upon the top of said inverted U-shaped mem
dicated in dotted lines in Fig. 5. When in such
dotted line position, the cleats will be engaged
bers or to have its ends inserted between the
lower ends of said legs and supported upon said
parallel members, and cleats attached to the
under-side of'said table member, each cleat hav
over the members I in the same manner as they
engage over the inverted Ueshaped portions when
in the other position. When this modi?cation
is employed, it will be embodied at both ends of
ing a substantially inverted U-shaped portion
adapted to snugly engage over either the top of
the table; and, with this arrangement, the table
one of said inverted U-shaped members or one
can be converted into a bed without having to
invert the members I.
What I claim is:
of said parallel members.
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JOHN C. LA RUE‘.
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