Q Nov. 5, 1946. , _w. FRIEGEL 2,410,648 SHELF ORRACK FOR REFRIGERATORS, OVENS, AND THE LIKE Filed, Aug. 4 , 1945 IN VEN TOR. J77.“ 72/ . .A .M T Em 2,410,648 Patented Nov. 5, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE. SHELF OR RACK FOR REFRIGERATORS, OVENS, AND THE LIKE William Fricgel, Detroit, Mich., assignor to L. A. Young Spring and Wire Corporation, Detroit, Mich., a corporation of Michigan Application August 4, 1945, Serial No. 608,916 6 Claims. (01. 211-453) 1 This invention relates to improvements in shelf set ends 3 preferably by welding thereto as shown in Fig. 6. p ' or rack for refrigerators, ovens, and the like. The grid bars Bare welded to the underside of The main objects of this invention are: the rear frame member l and to the lower arm of First, to provide a shelf or rack having an ' ' ornamental front member attached or mounted 5 the front frame member 4. The auxiliary front member 6 is formed as a to supporting portions in a manner that does not sheet metal stamping and is desirably chrome result in abrasion or injury that would be likely plated or ‘is of other material and ?nish to pro to result in rusting or injuring its appearance. vide an ornamental front as well as a guard for Second, to provide a structure of this character in which the means for attaching the front mem 10 the front end of the‘ rack. This front member ber are concealed. Third, to provide a structure having these ad vantages which is economical in its parts and in has a downwardly and forwardly projecting ?ange portion 1 which projects below the front ends of the side members 2 and the rack bars concealing and guarding the same. the assembly thereof. Objects relating to details and economies of the 15 The rear edge of the member 6 is turned down wardly and forwardly to provide an underlying invention will appear from the description to fol ?ange 8' which is disposed within the channel of low. The invention is de?ned and pointed out in the front member 4, these parts being pressed the claims. _ . into clamping engagement-that is, the ?ange B A preferred embodiment of the invention is il lustrated in the accompanying drawing, 20., is clamped in the channel with the ?nish member ?rmly supported by the top of the frame mem which: Fig. 1 is a plan View of a refrigerator shelf or rack embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary view in sec tion on a line corresponding to line 2--2 of Fig. 1. _Fig. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary inverted view. ' Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the ornamental ber 4. ' The bottom arm of the member 4 is upset at a plurality of longitudinally spaced points 9 into ‘ embedding engagement with the ?ange 8 of the member 6. This may be done by means of a prick punch. The auxiliary front ?nishing mem ber is thus secured ?rmly to the supporting parts front or ?nish member. Fig. 5 is a fragmentary view partially in sec and constitutes a reinforcing member for the front member 4 so thatthat member may be tion on line 5-5 of'Fig. 3. Fig. 6 is a fragmentary view in section on line 6—6 of Fig. 1. In the manufacture of refrigerator shelves, it made of comparatively light sheet metal. I have illustrated the same as being of substantially the is desirable to provide the same with an orna mental front or ?nish member which adds to the appearance of the structure and also serves as a same gauge as the member 6 but it may be even, lighter if desired. I have illustrated and described my invention in a, very practical embodiment thereof. I have not attempted to illustrate the various adapta tions as it is believed that this disclosure will enable those skilled in the art to embody or adapt guard for the front ends of the side members of the frame and the grid bars. Stainless steel is favored material but when stainless steel is 40 my invention as may be desired. Having thus described my invention, what I welded it results in rust spots, destroying the ap claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Pat pearance of the structure and eventually may re ent is: sult in actual structural damage. ' 1. In a shelf or rack, the combination of a bor In the accompanying drawing I have illus trated my invention as embodied in a refrigerator 45 der frame comprising integral rear and side mem bers formed of rod stock, the side members be rack or shelf but it will be understood that my ing downwardly offset at their front ends, a front invention may be readily adapted for ovens and frame member of channel shape in cross section cabinets. and having a lower arm and a rearwardly facing In the accompanying drawing, the border channel and lapped upon and ?xedly secured to frame comprises a rear member I and side mem bers 2 formed integrally of rod stock. The for- ' ward ends of the side members are downwardly offset at 3. The front frame member 4 is of rear wardly facing U-section. Its ends are disposed upon and ?xedly secured to the downwardly off the downwardly offset front ends of said frame side members, grid members welded to the lower arm of said front frame member and to said rear frame member, and an auxiliary front mem ber having a downwardly and forwardly pro 5 2,410,648 3 4 jecting front edge and a down-turned forwardly projecting ?ange at its rear edge engaged in the ment with the ?ange of said front trim member. channel of said front frame member and closely embraced thereby, the lower arm of’ said front frame member being upset at a plurality of lon der frame comprising side members, a front frame member of channel shape in cross section and gitudinally spaced points into indenting engage ment with‘_~\_the “?ange _, of said auxiliary front memberfthé toploflsaid auxiliaryifr'ont' member being substantially flush with the tops of said frame side members. .2. In a shelf or rack, the combinationofabor- ‘ der frame comprising integral rear andsideTmem bers formed of rod stock, a front frame member of channel shape in cross.sectionendhavinga 4. In a shelf or rack, the combination of a bor having a lower arm and a rearwardly facing channel and having its lower arm welded to the front ends of said side, members, ?gr‘id members .welded to the lower arm of, said front frame mem her, and a front trim member having a depend 10 ing portion concealing said front frame member and "a forwardly projecting concealed flange at Litsrear. edge engaged in the channel of said front frame member. ;5. In a shelf orrack, the combination of a border lower arm and a rearwardlylfacingchannelhand 15 framescomprisingside members, a front frame ?xedly secured to the front ends of saidffran‘ie member of channel shape in cross section and side members, grid memberstsecluredv to the under having a lower arm and a rearwardly facing chan nel and having its lower arm ?xedly secured to side of said front frame member and'to said rear frame member, and an auxiliary front,member the front ends of said side members, grid mem having a downturned forwardly projecting ?ange 20 bers ?xedly secured to the lower arm of said fat. its rrearoedge engagedinthe channel ,of, said frontv frame member,‘ and a; front trim member front frame member and closely embracedthere havingla portion tconpealinglthe frontandwtop .by,,the.lower arm .of. said front frame member be of said front‘, frame‘v member, and having‘ its rear ing upset atvai plurality 0f _,19n8it1ld_in:a11r SP‘TiQed points into indenting engagementwith theflange ._.of said auxiliary front member. ;3;;In a Shel-for racknthe combinationpf a > bonder frame ,comprising ,side ‘members, at front frame memberuof channel shape in cross section andhavinga lower armiand a rearwardlyfacine channel and having: its;lower arm Welded; to. the frontuends of .saidside members, grid members . welded to the lower armof said front frame mem ber, and a front._.trim, memberv having a, depend edge engaged in thechannei ofsaid front-frame member, the lower arm of saidfront framemem her being upsetiat a plurality of longitudinally spaeed,_points,int<> indenting. ensaeemeritwith the ?ange ofsaidfront' trim member. _-6--In.a shelf lor,ra_ck,,~thé eembinatien pf a border frame , comprising» sidev members, ; a; front frame member of channel shapeuilnucross section and having a lower’ armandia-rearwardly facing , channel and having-its lower'arml fixedly secured to‘ the front ends of said sidemernbers; grid‘rnem ‘hers ?xedly secured to thelower arm of saidfront ing portion concealing;said-front frame member and. a forwardly ‘projecting, concealed ?ange at its-rear_,edge engaged in the channel of, said -frame member, anda; front torimrmember having vfrontifraniel. member, the lower arm ofsaicl front 'framermember .being ,upset, atta plurality .of Ion front frame member and having its rearedge en lgitudinally; spaced." points. into i indenting engage- I a portion concealing the front and/topv of, said gaged in the channel of said front frame, member, FRIEQEL.