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Sept. 25, 1962
R. s.. CHASE ETAI.
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SAFETY TABLE WITH ENDLESS SECURING STRIP THEIR-EON
Filed May 18, 1960
INVENTORG
RALPH S. CHASE
BY DONALD M.PARK
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: Patented Sept. 25, 1962v
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SAFETY TABLE WITH ENDLESS SECURIN
STRIP THEREON
Ralph S. Chase and Donald M. Park, Metropolis, 111., as
FIG. 2 is an enlarged perspective elevation, partially
broken away and shown in section, of the novel position
ing and securing strip of the table of the invention; and
signors to Metropolis Bending Company, Metropolis,
FIG. 3 is an enlarged‘ perspective view of a broken
away corner section of the table of FIG. 1 a'nd‘with por
11]., a corporation of Illinois
tions thereof being'shown in vertical section.
Filed May 18, 1950, Ser. No. 29,915
4 Claims. (Cl. 311—108)
The present invention relates to infant safety tables, 10
and particularly to safety tables with securing strips
thereon that aid in retaining a table top in position.
The present invention relates to infant safety tables of
the type shown in United States Letters Patent Nos.
,
When referring to corresponding members shown in
the drawings and referred to in the speci?cation, corre;
sponding numerals are used to identify such parts and
facilitate comparison therebetween.
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The present invention, generally speaking, relates to
the combination in a safety table or the like of a ‘frame
including vertically extending apron members forming
an open center for the frame, which apron members
2,669,499 and 2,669,227. These safety tables in general 15 each have a laterally inwardly facing recess therein‘ rad
jacent'the upper margins thereof, a table top operatively
comprise a square structure wherein a hole is provided
in the ‘table top and with a seat being suspended from
the table top below the top opening for positioning a child
therein.
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positioned on or associated with the frame adjacent the
upper marginal portions of the apron members, and an
endless resilient securing strip engaging‘the tops and outer
sides of the apron members and having a laterally in‘
When assemblying safety tables of the type to which the
present invention relates, in the past it has been di?icult to
wardly, retorsely extending section thereon received in
secure the table top to the remainder of the table assembly
the recesses in thelapron members to aid in retaining the
in a desirable manner, and it has also been dil?cult to
strip in engagement with the apron members but to ex
keep the table top clean and free from dirt and food
tend over the tops and protrude laterally from the upper
particles that tend to collect thereon, especially around 25 sides of the apron members to provide a bump or cushion
the marginal portions of the table top. In some instances
strip around the table margins.
.
these table tops have been made removable to permit
Reference now is particularly directed to the details of
the cleaning thereof, but still there have been difficulties
the structure shown in the drawings, and an infant’s safety
encountered in keeping marginal portions of the table
table in indicated as a whole by the numeral 1. This
top clean even with repeated removal of the table top 30 safety table 1 includes a suitable frame 2 that includes a
and thorough washing around the edges of the table. In
plurality of vertically extending apron members 3‘ therein.
‘fants frequently are fed when seated in the chair portion
These apron members 3 form an open center portion in
of the table and hence food particles collect on the table
the frame and with a table top 4 being positioned in this
top and around the margins thereof. As the children
open center of the frame and having a center ‘opening
are usually left to play or sit in the seat portion of the 35 or aperture 5 provided therein. A child’s seat 6 is‘ suit
safety table for appreciable periods of time, it is quite
ably associated with the center opening 5 and is sup‘
important that these tables and table tops be kept in a
ported from the table top 4 or others portions of the
very clean, neat condition.
frame 2 (not shown) as desired so that the seat can be
A further problem involved in the use of infant safety
moved to and from operative positions, for example,
tables is that they are moved from room to room in many 40 when the safety table 1 is to be stored. Any conventional
instances, or else are moved around from one portion
type of support legs 7 are provided for the safety table 1
of the room to another and it is desirable that the safety
tables not damage any of the other furniture or portions
of the wall or door jambs, or the like, if accidentally
and are secured to the frame 1 in any desired manner
preferably for movement to and from operative positions
to again facilitate table movement, or storage actions.
bumped into such other articles.
It is an important feature of the present invention that
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The general objects of the present invention is to pro
an endless resilient securing strip 8 is provided in the
vide a novel and improved safety table having improved
safety table 1 of the invention and this securing strip 8 is
securing means thereon {for positioning a table top in the
in good, tight engagement with the vertically upper
safety table assembly.
Another object of the invention is to provide an im
proved process of securing a positioning or retaining strip
and bump ‘guard to the table top whereby an endless
margins of the apron members 3 as well :as covering
the laterally outer portions of the apron members in
order to form a bump guard and ?nish strip around the
upper end part of the table frame 2.
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strip will be tightly and neatly secured to the table and
FIG. 3 of the drawings best brings out the fact that
will effectively prevent collection of any food or other
the apron members 3 each have an upwardly facing
dirt particles around the table edge in concealed o-r inac
shoulder 9 provided thereon which shoulders 9 are so
cessible parts of the table assembly.
formed and the apron members 3 are positioned with
A further object of the invention is to provide a resilient
relation to each other so that the table top, 4 can be
securing strip that can be used for retaining the table top
snugly received on and be supported by the shoulders 9.
in the table assembly and which strip also will be re
The apron members 3 also have, a.laterall_y inwardly
siliently and effectively engaged with the table apron or 60 facing recess It} provided therein immediately above the
frame to provide a neat assembly having a portion of the
shoulders 9 but being positioned laterally outwardly of
strip in‘compression resilient engagement with the table
top adjacent the margins thereof.
The foregoing and other objects ‘and advantages of the
the shoulders. The securing strip 8 is of generally
inverted L-shaped in vertical section and it includes
a laterally inwardly-positioned section 11 which‘ has a
invention will be made more apparent as the speci?cation 65 retorsely extending portion or section 12 provided there
proceeds.
on that extends into the recesses 10 to be resiliently and
Attention now is particularly directed to the accom
snugly secured therein to aid in. retainingthe securing
panying drawings that show one currently preferred em
strip- 8 in good operative engagement with the table
bodiment of the invention and where:
,frame 2. Such retorsely, extending section or portion
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a safety table having 70 12 preferably is provided with one or more vertically
a positioning and securing strip of the invention opera
upwardly extending lips, or ribs 13 thereon while one
tively engaged therewith;
or more downwardly extending lips or ribs 14 are pro
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lieved that the objects of the invention have been
achieved.
While one complete embodiment of the invention has
been disclosed herein, it will be appreciated that modi?
good operative engagement between the securing strip
8 and the table frame or apron members.
CI cation of this particular embodiment of the invention
may be resorted to without departing from the scope of
Yet another important portion of ‘the securing strip
vided on this retorsely extending section 12 so that the
ribs 13 and 14 will have good compression engage
ment with the recess 10 to further aid in maintaining
the invention as de?ned in the appended claims.
8 is that its laterally inner section 11 includes a down
What is claimed is:
wardly extending lip 15 thereon which is in compression
1. In combination in a table or the like, a frame
engagement with the table top 3 to aid in maintaining
including vertically extending apron members forming
it in tight engagement with the shoulders 9‘ for effective
an open center for said frame, said apron members
positioning of the table top in the table assembly. As
each having an upwardly facing shoulder formed on a
a further special and important element, the securing
laterally inner edge thereof at a portion of an upper
strip 8 is provided with a laterally inner surface indicated
vertical margin of the apron member and having a
at 16 that extends downwardly and laterally inwardly
of the safety table 1 when the strip is operatively po 15 laterally inwardly facing recess extending completely
around said apron members immediately above said
sitioned. Such surface 16 is formed to aid in forming
shoulder in portions of said apron members laterally
a readily washable or cleanable connection between the
outwardly of and above said shoulders, a table top re
tabletop 4 and the securing strip 8, while it also provides
rnovably positioned on said shoulders, and an endless
effective retaining, or engaging means should it be de
sirable to move the chair seat 6, or its back to an in 20 resilient securing strip engaging the tops and outer sides
of said apron members and having laterally inner
operative position, or to remove the back and place some
retorsely extending sections in said recesses, said secur
member, such as a continuous playboard or chalkboard
ing strip also having a laterally inner lip compressibly
(not shown) on the upper surfaces of the frame 2,
engaging said table top to retain it in position.
which playboard may then be wedged down into engage
2. A combination as in claim 1 where said securing
ment with these laterally inwardly extending surfaces 25
strip is of generally inverted L-shape in section and has
16 and have a good, sturdy positioning of the auxiliary
table top for play, or work use, as desired.
its laterally inner leg resiliently and snugly engaging
Preferably the securing strip 8 of the invention is
made from a plastic, such as polyvinyl chloride, inas~
said recess.
3. In combination in a table or the like, a frame includ
much as such material can be readily molded to the 30 ing vertically extending apron members forming an open
center for said frame, said apron members each having a
desired contour. Initially such securing strip is made
laterally inwardly facing recess therein adjacent the upper
as a continuous band but it is of a peripheral length
margins thereof, a table top operatively positioned on
said frame adjacent the upper margin thereof, and an
strip to a temperature of approximately 120° F., various 35 endless resilient securing strip engaging the tops and outer
sides of said apron members and having laterally inner
types of plastic materials, and particularly polyvinyl
appreciably less in extent than that required for extend
ing around the safety table 1. By heating the securing
retorsely extending sections received in said recesses to
chloride material, can be stretched and can be worked
around the table top to engage the upper edge portions
of the apron members 3 and have the laterally inner
section 11 of the securing strip properly seated into the
recesses 10. As the material forming the securing strip
8 then cools to room temperature by positive cooling
action or by passage of time, the securing strip hardens
aid in retaining said strip in engagement with said apron
members, said strip including a downwardly extending
laterally inner lip compressibly engaging said table top
and forms a good compression contact or engagement
open center for said frame, said apron members each
having an upwardly facing shoulder formed on a laterally
inner edge thereof at a vertical margin of the apron
to aid in retaining it on said frame.
4. In combination in a table or the like, a frame in
cluding vertically extending apron members forming an
between the securing strip and the associated parts of
the safety table of the invention. The securing strip
will maintain a neatly molded or shaped contour during
the heating and stretching action and will smoothly lie
around and conform to the table corners as the securing
member and having a laterally inwardly facing recess
immediately above said shoulder in portions of said apron
1 members laterally outwardly of said shoulders, a table
strip is initially molded to the general shape correspond- '
ing to that of the table but with it being of a different
length than the periphery of the table top so that a
top positioned on said shoulders, and an endless resilient
securing strip engaging the tops and outer sides of said
apron members and having laterally inner retorsely ex
tending sections received in said recesses, said securing
heating and stretching action is required before the
strip also having a laterally inner portion engaging said
securing strip‘ can be engaged with a table assembly.
It will be realized that in some instances it may be 55 table top to retain it in position and having a laterally
inner surface inclined inwardly and downwardly of the
desired to support the table top on other means than
table.
directly by the apron members as shown herein, but
in all events, the securing strip of the invention can be
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used to exert a limited downwardly extending force on
the table top to retain it in good seating contact with 00
UNITED STATES PATENTS
the support means provided, such as brackets on the
frame 2.
By the present invention, a novel and improved safety
table assembly is produced, and the securing strip will
form an effective, permanent member for retaining the 65
table top on the table assembly and permitting the table
top to be readily washed, but to be cleaned completely
without requiring any removal of the table top from the
table assembly. By use of a plastic securing strip, an
effective guard member is provided on the safety table 70
and a cushioning action is ‘furnished by this securing
strip to prevent any damage to articles into which the
safety table 1 is accidentally bumped. Thus it is be
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