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March 5, 1963
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
Filed Jan. 13. 1959
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March 5, 1963
Fi_led Jan. 13, 1959
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
United dtates
Patented Mar. 5, 1963
pair of foldable members 20 are pivotally retained with
in a U-shaped clamp 30 by pivots 31 which may be bolt
Ray F. Nimmo, 609 A Ave. NE., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Filed Jan. 13, 1959, Ser. No. 786,639
5 Claims. (Cl. 297-159)
and nut pivots or a peened bolt. As shown in FIG
URES 2 and 3 the members 28 have limited pivotal
The present invention relates to a foldable table/
bench combination and has for an object to provide an
termediate member 32, one intermediate member 32 for
Secured to each pair of U-shaped clamps 30 is an in
each pair of U-shaped clamps. As shown in FIGURE
2 the intermediate members 32 of one pair of U-clamps
improved construction over my prior Patent No. 2,811,
30 are connected to the clamp at the same side of the
197, granted October 29, 1957, in that I have eliminated
two pivot construction while the opposed or other end
the locating rod, slidable supports on the locating rod
intermediate member 32a is secured to the U-clarnp 30
and support struts.
at the other pivot. This is better seen in FIGURE 6.
Another object of the present invention is to provide
The two half unit assemblies are shown joined in
a skeleton construction carrying table tops and bench
members which will fold into a compact unit having a 15 FIGURE 5 by a bolt and wing nut fastener 33.
As shown in FIGURE 8 the upper projection 22.8 car
minimum of moving parts.
ries thereo-ver a swivel collar 34 which rotates about
A further object of the present invention is the pro
the tube 22 as its vertical pivot. Upstanding from the
vision of a table/bench in which the bench unit coop
collar 34 is an ear 35 having a pivot trunnion 36 which
erates with the skeleton construction to make the unit
20 cooperates with metal inserts 37 carried by the slotted
non~tiltable at the ends of the bench member.
table top 38. As shown in FIGURES 1 and 8 two table
With the foregoing and other objects in view, the in
tops 38a and 381’ are so attached.
vention will be more fully described hereinafter, and will
Referring now to FIGURES 1, 4 and 5 a seat or bench
be more particularly pointed out in the claims appended
member 39, 39a is shown secured and entrained by a
In the drawings, wherein like symbol-s refer to like or 25 swivel collar 40 which can slide along the tube 22 but
corresponding parts throughout the several views:
which in the use position rests upon a washer 41 sup
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the framework of
ported by -a retaining pin 42. This swivel collar 40 also
a foldable table/bench constructed in accordance with
has an. car 43 having a trunnion pin 44 which cooperates
the present invention showing the table tops and bench
30 with inserts 45 in the seat or bench member 39, 39*‘.
seats in dot-ted lines;
Referring now to FIGURE 7, we see the table/bench
FIGURE 2 is a fragmentary perspective view with
parts broken away and parts shown in section at a mag
ni?ed scale of the joint between a pair of foldable mem
FIGURE 3 is a section taken on the line 3—3 in FIG
URE 1 at a magni?ed scale;
FIGURE 4 is a fragmentary perspective view with
parts broken away and parts shown in section at a mag
ni?ed scale of the bench seat connection construction;
FIGURE 5 is a perspective View of the framework
of the present invention with the table tops and bench
seats removed;
FIGURE 6 is a top plan view of the framework of
FIGURE 5 showing the table tops and bench seats in
dotted lines;
FIGURE 7 is a top plan view of the framework of
FIGURE 6 in folded condition for transporting;
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary perspective view with
parts broken away and parts shown in section at a magni
?ed scale of the table top pivotal-swivel construction
unit in its collapsed or compact transport condition in
which the intermediate members 32, 32a are nested and
the swivel collars 34, 34a have rotated about the tube
to permit the table tops 38, 38a and seat or bench mem
bers 39, 39a to lie ?at in a compact unit.
As shown in FIGURE 6, the unit is assembled and
ready for use. This has been accomplished by urging
the intermediate members 32, 32.aL apart and bolting the
same in position by bolt and wing nut 33. The table
tops 39 are rotated into position shown in dotted lines
in FIGURE 1. In the position of FIGURE 6 each pair
of members are about 140° apart which renders the unit
45 tilt proof if one should sit only on an end of one of the
bench seats 3-9.
Although I have disclosed herein the best form of the
invention known to me at this time, I reserve the right
to all such modi?cations and changes as may come within
50 the scope of the following claims.
What I claim is:
connection, and '
l. A foldable type table/ bench comprising a ?rst pair
of foldable end members, a second pair of foldable end
members, a pair of intermediate members pivotally con
Referring now to the drawings, each foldable end 55
nected one each to each pair of foldable end members,
member 20 comprises an L-shaped member having tubes
removable joining means operatively connected to one
or the ‘like 21, 22 de?ning the leg of the LAshape con~
of said intermediate members for rigidly joining said in
neoted at their tops by a table top support member 23.
termediate members for retaining ‘said pairs ‘of foldable
The foot or base of the L-shape is de?ned by tubes 24-,
end members in spaced apart relation when said
25 connected at their ends by a tube 26. The tube 22 60
table/ bench is in use, table top retaining means pivoted
has an extension or projection 22a ‘for pivotally support
to said foldable end members about a vertical axis, table
ing the table top retaining means.
top pivot means pivoted to said table top retaining means
There are four of the foldable end members 20, each
about a horizontal axis, table tops secured to a component
having two eyebolt members 27, 28 secured to the leg
tubes 21 with the eye of each eyebolt lying in the hori 65 of said table top pivot means, bench member retaining
means rotatably carried by said foldable end members
zon-tal plane. The eyebolt members 27, 28 may be
about a vertical pivot and bench member pivot means
welded, cast or otherwise secured to the leg tube. In
carried by said bench member retaining means, and bench
the form of the invention illustrated the eyebolt mem
bers are screw-threaded and are retained in place by a 70 members secured to a component of said bench member
pivot means.
nut 29.
FIGURE 9 is a section taken on the line 9-9 in FIG
URE 2.
The eyebolt pivot members 27, 28 of each opposed
2. A foldable type table/bench as claimed in claim 1
wherein said foldable end members are pivoted to said
intermediate members about a vertical axis.
3. A foldable type table/bench as claimed in ‘claim 1
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
wherein said intermediate members, are pivotally joined
to ‘said foldable members offset horizontally with respect
to each other whereby they will nest upon folding of ‘the
4. A foldable type table/bench as claimed in claim ,1
wherein said intermediate members are of bow-like con
5. A foldable type table/bench as claimed in claim 1
wherein said removable joining means is a bolted con
nection between adiacent portions of said intermediate
Morris ____;_ _________ __ July 23, 1918
Holick ______________ __ Sept. 28, 1954
Gallagher et a1 _________ __ Nov. 8, 1955
McPhilo-my ___________ __ July 30, 1957
Bohn _______________ __ Sept. 10, 1957
Nimmo ______________ __ Oct. 29, 1957
France ________________ __ Oct. 2, 1905
Great Britain ________________ __ 1912
France _______________ __ Aug. 3, 1906
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