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Feb. 5, 1963
F. N‘ REYNOLDS
3,076,221
SWIVEL GLIDE FOR TUBULAR FURNITURE LEGS
Filed June 29, 1960
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United States Patent 0
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3,075,221
Frederick N. Reynolds, Augusta, Ky., assignor to The
F. A. Neider Company, Augusta,’ Ky, a corporation of
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Patented Feb. 5., i953
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‘ swrvnr. canon non TUBULAR FURNITURE LEGS
Kentucky
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Filed June 29, 1969, Ser. No. 39,494
3 Claims. (Cl. 16-42)
pansile member which preferably takes the form of a
spring 20. The spring 29 bears at its lower end against
the interior convex surface of the socket 16 while the
upper end of the spring bears against a stop means
generally indicated by the reference numeral 21 and fast
on the upper terminal end of the pintle stem '12. As
shown in FIG. 2 the stop means is a hollow metal spacer
22 that encloses the spring and is provided with an open
‘This invention relates to furniture leg glides and is
bottom end which is normally in close proximity to the
particularly directed to a swivel glide for attachment to 10 interior convex surface of the socket 16. The spacer
the terminal ends of tubular furniture legs, or the like.
includes an apertured top wall 23 through which the
An object of the invention is to provide a strong and
pintle stem passes, the upper terminal end of the stern
greatly simpli?ed swivel glide construction that is readily
being upset at 24 over the wall 23 to maintain the parts
attached to the end of a tubular leg and has an extremely
in drawn up, assembled positions. The spacer protects
powerful gripping action around theleg to preclude its 15 the spring against breakage or damaging stresses during
axial removal from the leg under the severest usage.
Another object of the invention is to provide in a glide ' -
having the foregoing characteristics an improved means
use of my swivel glide by reason of the fact that when
undue axial force is exerted on the shoe, tending to pull
it and the connected pintle stem from the fer-rule, the
for cushioning and resiliently holding the glide in opera
spring 25) will be compressed until the open bottom end ‘
tive condition which produces asmooth swivel action for 20 of the spacer comes in contact with the convex surface
the glide shoe while preventing development of looseness
of the socket 16 whereby such force will be transmitted
‘ of the moving parts during usage.
from the spring to the spacer and positively prevent fur
Other objects and advantages of my swivel glide for
tubular furniture legs will become apparent from the fol
lowing speci?cation taken in conjunction with the accom
panying drawings which illustrate the preferred embodi
ment of my invention.
In the drawing:
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ther compression of the spring.
The ferrule 14 is also provided with an outwardly
bulging flange portion 25 which terminates in an up
wardly converging lip 26 which snugly engages the leg
2 15 around its uppermost terminal edge. A split retainer
ring 27 of hardened metal is positioned within the bulg
ing flange portion 25 and has a downwardly and in
FIG. 1 is a'fragrnental, side elevational view of ‘my
swivel glide shown in typical attached position on the end 30 wardly inclined body provided around its inner edge with
of a tubular furniture leg that is shown in fragmental ele~
a row of teeth 28. The outer marginal edge of the. re
vation.
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PEG. 2 is a section taken on line 2-2 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a section taken on line 3—3 of FIG. 2.
1 tainer ring abuts the interior face of the ferrule ?ange
at the intersection of its outwardly bulging portion 25 and
the converging lip 26. A resilient washer 2g is held in
My improved swivel glide comprises a shoe 5 having 35 compression between the underside of the retainer ring
a one piece body made of synthetic plastic material. As
best shown in FIG. 2 the shoe is formed with a centrally
27 and the interior surface of the outwardly bulging por
tion 25 of the ferrule flange to insure a tight, anti~rattling
located protuberance 6 which projects upwardly from
?t of the ring in the ferrule during use.
its upper face and preferably is in the form of a trun
It will be understood that my swivel glide unit may
cated cone. A cylindrical recess 7 is formed. centrally 40 be readily applied to the end of a tubular furniture leg
in the bottom side of the shoe and terminates within the
merely by forcing the ferrule axially onto the terminal
protuberance in an upwardly and inwardly restricted
end of the leg, this operation being usually accomplished shoulder portion 8 that forms a hole 9 of reduced di
manually without the use of tools. When the split re
ameter with respect to the diameter of the recess. A
tainer ring 27 is in a normal, relaxed condition the in
headed pintle It} is mounted for universal movement in
ternal diameter of the circular row of teeth 2% is less
the shoe by providing the pintle with a half-round head
than the outside diameter of the leg 15 and as the fer
ll that is disposed in the recess and seats against the
rule ‘is forced onto the leg the retainer ring will be forci
shoulder 9, the stem 12 projecting upwardly through the
bly opened and the teeth 28 of the retainer 27 will pene
hole 9, through the protuberance and into the lower end
trate into the exterior surface of the leg and by reason of
of the tubular furniture leg. An upwardly and outwardly
the inclined position of the ring in the ferrule it will re
?aring recess 13' is formed in the protuberance above
sist extremely great forces tending to withdraw the fer
and in communication with restricted shoulder portion
rule from the leg thereby providing an exceptionally
9 to provide a clearance for the stern when the shoe is
strong connection for my swivel glide on the furniture leg.
swivelled on the head.
Various. modi?cations of my glide may occur to those
A ferrule 14 for receiving the lower terminal end of 55 skilled in the art to which this invention relates and may
a tubular leg 15 is constituted by a generally cup-shaped
be made without a departure from the spirit and scope
sheet metal member having a centrally located, down
of the invention set forth in the ‘appended claims.
wardly facing, concave socket 16 stamped in its‘bott'om
What is claimed is:
Wall, said socket being adapted to slidably receive the
1. in a swivel glide for tubular furniture legs the com;
upper portion of, the protuberance 6 of the shoe to pro
bination of a shoe, a sheet metal ferrule havinng a bot
vide, in effect, a ball and socket connection that secures
tom, a ball and socket connection between the shoe and
universal movement between the shoe 5 and the ferrule ‘
the bottom of the ferrule, a pintle having a’ universal
lid. The ferrule is‘also provided with an upstanding
seat in the shoe and projecting through the connection
lower ‘flange portion 17 which snugly encircles the lower
and into the leg, expansile means secured to the pro
exterior end portion of the leg 15, an annular, internal
jected end of the pintle and bearing against the bottom
recess 18 being formed between the interior convex sur
of the ferrule, said ferrule having an annular recess
face of the socket 16 and the interior‘surface of the
formed in the bottom around the connection for engag
flange portion 17 to receive and support the terminal edge
ing the lower edge of the leg, and an upstanding ?ange
of the leg 15. A hole 19 is formed in the center of the 70 on the ferrule having a lower portion for snugly receiv
socket 16 through which the stem 12 of the pintle passes,
ing the end portion of the leg, said ?ange having an out
the projected end thereof being surrounded by an ex
wardly bulging upper portion encircling the leg and
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spaced outwardly therefrom, said outwardly bulging por
tion terminating in an upwardly converging lip which
snugly encircles the leg around its upper edge, a down~
wardly and inwardly inclined split retainer ring posi
tioned within the bulging ?ange portion with its outer
marginal edge abutting the interior face of the ?ange at
the intersection of its bulging and converging portions,
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and the interior surface of the outwardly bulging portion
of the ?ange.
3. In a mount for connecting glides to the lower ends
of tubular furniture legs the combination of a shoe, 8.
sheet metal ferrule having a bottom, a connection be
tween the shoe and the ferrule bottom, said ferrule hav
ing an upstanding ?ange integrally connected to the
peripheral portion of the bottom and having a lower
said retainer ring having a circular row of teeth formed
?ange portion for snugly receiving the end portion of the
on its inner periphery and said row having an internal di
ameter less than the external diameter of the lower end 10 leg when said leg is operatively supported upon the bot
tom, said ?ange having an outwardly bulging upper per
portion of the leg, and a resilient washer held in com
pression between the under-side of the retainer ring and 7 tion encircling the leg and spaced outwardly away from
the interior surface of the outwardly bulging portion of
the ?ange.
said leg, said outwardly bulging portion terminating in
an upwardly converging lip which snugly encircles the leg
2. In a swivel glide for tubular furniture legs the com
bination of a shoe, :1 sheet metal ferrule having a bot
tom, a swivel connection between the shoe and the cen
clined split retainer ring positioned within the bulging
?ange portion with its outer marginal edge abutting the
around its upper edge, a downwardly and inwardly in
interior face of the ‘?ange at the intersection of its bulg
tral portion of the ferrule bottom, said ferrule having an
ing and converging portions, a circular row of teeth
annular recess formed in the bottom around the pe
riphery thereof for receiving the lower end edge of the 20 formed on the inner periphery of the retainer ring and
normally having a diameter less than the outer diameter
leg, said ferrule having an upstanding ?ange integrally
of the leg portion, and a resilient washer held in compres
connected to the peripheral portion of the bottom and
sion between the underside of the retainer ring and the
having a lower portion for snugly receiving the end por
interior surface of the outwardly ‘bulging portion of the
tion of the leg, said ?ange having an outwardly bulging
upper portion encircling the leg and spaced outwardly 25 ?ange.
away from said leg, said outwardly bulging portion ter
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
minating in an upwardly converging lip which snugly en
UNITED STATES PATENTS
circles the leg around its upper edge, a downwardly and
inwardly inclined split retainer ring positioned within the
bulging ?ange portion with its outer marginal edge abut 30
ting the interior face of the ?ange at the intersection of
its bulging and converging portions, a circular row of
teeth formed on the inner periphery of the retainer ring
and normally having a diameter less than the outer di
ameter of the leg portion, and a resilient Washer held in 35
compression between the underside of the retainer ring
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