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July 10, 1962
J. L. GLEASON
3,043,049
STABILIZER
Filed June 21, 1960
INVENTOR.
JAY L. GLEASON
United States Patent 0 '
3,043,049
Patented July 10, 1962
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the hollow table support member with respect to an un
even underlying ?oor before adjustment thereto has oc
3,043,049
STABILIZER
curred.
Jay L. Gleason, 1101 Ocean Drive, Oxnard, Cali?, as
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FIG. 6 is a view similar to FIG. 5 showing the frag
signor of one-tenth to Gadget-Of-The-Month Club,
, Inc., North Hollywood, Calif., a corporation of 5 mentary hollow table support member in fully compen
sated and adjusted relationship with respect to the un
even underlying ?oor.
Referring to the ?gures for exemplary purposes, one
illustrative embodiment of the invention takes a typical
The present invention consists of a stabilizer which, 10 exemplary form, wherein it comprises a circular or toroid—
in one preferred form, may comprise a table stabilizer,
al-shaped hollow table support member, indicated gen
although not speci?cally so limited, adapted to be posi
erally at 10, of ?exible material comprising a ?exible
tioned between the surface of an underlying ?oor and a
enclosing wall means 11 de?ning therein a continuous
base portion of a support member of a table, or other
toroidal hollow interior region 12 preferably of ?attened '
object, for stabilizing same against wobble with respect 15 oval cross-section when ?lled with a viscous inelastic me
to the underlying ?oor and for compensating for slight
dium 14 described in detail hereinafter whereby to be
variations in the ?oor from a true horizontal plane.
adapted to carry a table, such as that generally indi
Hereinafter the stabilizer will be referred to and de
cated at 13. The ?exible enclosing wall means 11, in
scribed as a table stabilizer. However, it should be
one preferred form of the invention, is adapted to be
California
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Filed June 21, 1960, Ser. No. 37,713
4 Claims. (Cl. 45-139)
clearly understood that this is for exemplary purposes, 20 provided with inelastic means, which, in the example il
and the invention is not speci?cally so limited.
lustrated, comprises two distinct layers of inelastic ?b
It is an object of the present invention to provide a
stabilizer of the character referred to above, which is
rous material shown at 11A and 11B (best shown in
FIG. 4) carried along the length of the ?exible wall 11
whereby to prevent the table support member 10 from
of extremely simple, cheap, foolproof construction such
as to be conducive to widespread use thereof.
25 longitudinally, radially and/or circumferentially stretch
It is a further object to provide a table stabilizer ‘of
ing in a manner tending to increase the volume of the
the character referred to above, adapted to be positioned
hollow interior region 12. As mentioned above, in the
speci?c example illustrated, the inelastic means comprises
between the surface of an underlying ?oor and a disc
shaped base portion of a central support member of‘ a
two layers of ?brous material, 11A and 11B. The lay
er 11A comprises a plurality of inelastic ?bers, such as
?ber glass, or the like (although not speci?cally so limit
ed) circumferentially carried around the wall means
table for stabilizing the table against wobble with re
spect to the underlying ?oor and for compensating for
slight variations in the ?oor from a true horizontal plane.
It is a further object to provide a stabilizer of the
character referred to hereinbefore, wherein the stabilizer
11 so as to enclose the cross-section of the hollow in
terior region 12 de?ned therein in a plane substantially
may comprise an element adapted for attachment to a 35 perpendicular to the longitudinal inelastic means 11B,
pre-existing base portion of a table, or other object which
which may comprise longitudinal inelastic ?bers, such as
is to be stabilized, or where the stabilizer may initially
?ber ‘glass, or the ‘like (although not speci?cally so lim
comprise a portion of the table at the time that it is
ited) extending along the length of the ?exible wall 11,
built. In other words, in this latter form ‘of the inven
whereby to prevent longitudinal stretching ‘or an increase
tion, the stabilizer is attached to the base portion of the
in radial size of the entire hollow table support member
table, or object which is to be stabilized, at all times
10. In the speci?c form illustrated, the ?exible wall
and is initially manufactured and supplied in this man
means 11 comprises an inner portion of plastic mate
rial 11C and an outer portion‘ of plastic material 11D,
Further objects are implicit in the detailed description
with the circumferential inelastic means 11A and the
which follows hereinafter and will be apparent to per 45 longitudinal inelastic means 11B positioned therebetween
sons skilled in the art after a careful study thereof.
or effectively embedded therein. However, it should be
For the purpose of clarifying the nature of the pres
clearly noted that this construction is illustrative only.
ent invention, one exemplary embodiment is illustrated
The inelastic means may be of various types, need not
in the hereinbelow-described ?gures of the accompany
necessarily include two layers in all circumstances of
ing single drawing sheet and is described in detail here 50 use, and may be positioned at any location with respect
inafter.
to the remainder of the ?exible wall, either inside or
FIG. 1 is an elevational view of one exemplary form
outside thereof, and not necessarily embedded therein in
of table of the type having a central support member
the speci?c manner illustrated in the ?gures and just de
provided with a disc-shaped base portion, which has po
scribed in detail hereinabove.
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ner.
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'sitioned ‘thereunder the novel stabilizer of the present in
vention.
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FIG. 2 is a bottom plan view taken in the direction
of the arrows 2-2 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken
in the direction of the arrows 3-3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view, partially
broken away, with certain exterior portions of the plas
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The hollow interior region 12 is ?lled with a viscous
inelastic medium 14, which substantially ?lls said hol
low interior region 12. The hollow table support mem
ber 10 effectively has a load imposed thereon by the
weight of the table 13, as applied thereto by the central
60 support standard or pillar 15 of the table 13 and the
lower disc-shaped base portion 16 thereof, which lies in
immediately superimposed relationship above the hollow
tic material removed in order to show clearly the two
table support member 10. This relationship, in the form
types of inelastic means carried within the ?exible wall
illustrated, is maintained by the attachment means 17,
of the hollow table support member of the present in 65 which comprises suitable adhesive means for ?rmly
vention for the purpose of preventing it ?‘om longitudi
mounting the hollow table support member 10 under
nally stretching and from radially or circumferentially
stretching when under imposed load in the manner
neath the disc-shsaped base portion 16 of the table 13.
However, in certain forms, of the invention, the table
shown in FIGS. 5 and 6.
support member 10 may be otherwise attached or may
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along 70 be free and merely appropriately positioned underneath
a line describing a circular arc in the direction of the
the disc-shaped base portion 16 of the table 13.
arrows 5-5 of FIG. 2 and illustrates the relationship of
The above-mentioned viscous inelastic material 14, in
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the viscous inelastic medium to flow away from high
one preferred ‘form, maygcomprise a slurry including
pressure regions toward lowpressureregions to equalize
interior hydrostatic pressure Within the interior region
solid‘ particles in suspension in a ‘liquid carrier such as a
thick mixture of clay particles in suspension in water
and to vary the vertical thickness of the object-support
(although not speci?cally so limited), whereby excess .
member so as to compensate for variations in the under
pressure applied-vertically to thehollow table support
, lying floor from a true horizontal plane in a’ manner
member 10, and thereby to the viscous‘ inelastic mate
rial 14, by minimally vertically spaced partsof the su
. tending
and an underlying ?oor 18, as indicated at 161-1 and
18H,'respectively, will cause the viscous inelastic medi
um 14 to flow away from such high pressure regions, in
dicated at 14H, toward low-pressure regions, such as in
to support the object vertically and to stabilize
the engagement of the object with respect to the under;
perimposed ‘discs-shaped‘ table support base portion 16,
lying ?oor and to virtually prevent wobble therebetween,
10 said wall means. including inelastic means to prevent the
' .dicated at 14L, where the vertical spacing ‘between cor
hollow object-support member. from stretching in a man
ner tending to increase the volume of the hollow interior
region.
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2. A stabilizer of the character de?ned in claim 1,
responding-portions 16L and 18L of the disc-shaped base
portion 16 and the floor 18 is greater, whereby to equal 15 including attachment means for attaching the object-sup
port member underneath a corresponding ?at portion of V
ize interior hydrostatic pressure within the hollow in
the object which is to be stabilized.
terior region 12 and to vary the effective vertical thick
3. Atable stabilizer adapted to be positioned between
ness of the table support member 10 so as to compen
the surface of an underlying floor and a disc-shaped base
sate for variations in the underlying ?oor 18 from a true
horizontal plane. This type of compensation for maxi 20 portion'of a central support member of a table for sta
bilizing the table against wobble with respect-to the un
mum vertical spacing between the disc-shaped base por
derlying floor and for compensating for slight variations
tion at 16L and the underlying floor at 18L is clearly
in the ?oor from a true horizontal-plane, comprising:
shown in FIG. 6,_ after such equalization and compensa
a toroidal-shaped hollow table support member of ?exi
tion ‘has occurred, whereby to ?rmly and e?cctively cor
rect for such slight variations in the ?oor 18 ?om a 25 ble material comprising ?exible‘ enclosing wall means
de?ning therein a continuous toroidal hollow interior
true horizontal plane and whereby to effectively stabilize
region, said hollow interior region within the hollow ?exi
the table 13 against wobble.
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ble table support member being ?lled with a viscous in
It should be clearly noted that the ‘table support mem
elastic medium whereby unequal pressure applied to the
ber of the present invention may assume con?gurations
'othervthan circular or toroidal shape and may cooperate 30 table-support member by unequally vertically spaced
parts of a superimposed table-support base and an un
in supporting, stabilizing, and compensating relationship
derlying floor will cause theviscous inelastic medium to
with respect to a superimposed member of virtually any
?ow away from high pressure regions toward low pres
desired shape—not necessarily round or disc-shaped as
sure regions to equalize interior hydrostatic pressure with
the disc-shaped base‘portion 16 illustrated in the ?gures.
" It should also be notedthat the ?exible inelastic'ma 03 Ul in the interior region and to vary the vertical thickness
of the-table support member so as to compensate for
terial forming the wall of the ‘hollow table support mem
variations in the underlying ?oor from a true horizon
ber of the present invention may be modi?ed substantial
ly, as may the viscous inelastic medium carried therein. _
tal plane in a manner tending to support the table ver
tially equivalent constructions embodying the basic teach
ings and inventive concept of the present invention.
port member underneath a corresponding portion of a
tically and to stabilize the engagement of the table-sup
This is also true in regard to the attachment means for
fastening the hollow table support member of ‘the present 40 port base with respect to the underlying floor and to vir
tually prevent wobble therebetween said wall means in
invention with respect to an object which is to be sta
cluding longitudinal inelastic means carried along the
bilized and supported. Said attachment means may be
length thereof to prevent the table support member from
modi?ed substantially or may merely, comprise forcible
longitudinally stretching, and additionally including in
abutment thereagainst as a result of the weight being sup
elastic means circumferentially carried around the wall
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ported by the hollow support member. ,
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'means so as to enclose the cross-section of the hollow
It should be understood that the ?gures and the spe
interior region de?ned therein in a ‘plane substantially
ci?c description thereof set forth in this application are
perpendicular to the longitudinal inelastic means to pre
for the purpose of illustrating the present invention and
vent the table support member from ‘stretching in a man
are not to Vbe'construed as limiting the present invention
ner tending to increase the cross-sectional area of the
to the precise'and detailed speci?c structure shown in
hollow interior region, I
the ?gures and speci?cally described bereinbefore.
,4. A stabilizer of the character de?ned in claim 3,
Rather, the real invention is intended to include substan
including attachmentmeans for, attaching the table-sup
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,1. A stabilizer, comprising: a hollow object-support
member of ?exible-material comprising ?exible enclos
ing wall means de?ning therein a hollow interior region,
said hollow interior region within the hollow ?exible ob—
'ject-support member being ?lled with a viscous inelastic
medium whereby unequal pressure applied to the object
support member by unequally vertically spaced parts of
a superimposed object and an underlying ?oor will cause
?at table-support base having av flat bottom’ surface.
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Bontecue ____________ __ July 12, 1960
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