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API'il 2, 1963
Filed May 19, 1960
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Arthur H. French, P.O. Box 352, Alpena, Mich.
Filed May 19, 1960, Ser. No. 39,263
3 Claims. (Cl. 214-105)
Patented Apr. 2, 1963
clearance in a vertical plane between the members at
the ends thereof.
Frame members 26 and 36 are made of fiat plates with
the lower edges welded or otherwise secured to members
22 and 24. Members 28, 30, 32 and 34 are of T-section
and therefore they have vertical flat plates. parallel to
the ñat plates forming members 26 and 36, but there are
horizontal strips 29, 31, 33 and 35 at the upper edges
and more particularly to a table to facilitate block cubing.
thereof. The upper surfaces of strips 29, 31, 33 and 3S
In-plant handling of building blocks, a cubing technique
has been devised to facilitate the movement of blocks. lO are coplanar and coplanar with the upper edges of mem
bers 26 and 36.
The table constructed in accordance with the invention
A mechanical stop 40 is attached to member 36 and
materially facilitates the cubing practice by providing a
is preferably composed of an angle member having a
table which is Very amenable to receiving the blocks dur
vertical flange 41 and a horizontal -tlange 4Z with the
ing the cubing procedure.
Briefly, a table constructed in accordance with the in 15 inner edge of horizontal flange 42 welded or otherwise
This invention relates to special purpose equipment
secured to the rear flat surface of member 26 beneath
vention is made of a substantial frame having a number
the upper edge thereof. The vertical flange 41 is sulfi
of parallel frame members which rise vertically above a
ciently broad to rise above the plane containing the upper
set of legs. Four intermediate frame members have a
edges of me-mbers 26, 36 and the upper surfaces of strips
T-shaped section, while the end frame members are
simply plates. A mechanical stop is secured to one 0f the 20 29, 31, 33 and 35. structurally, this completes table 10.
Functionally, the table is especially designed for cubing
end frame members and protrudes laterally from it. All
building `blocks for both in-plant and extra-plant handling.
of the members are spaced from each other to permit
A typical cubing arrangement is shown in FIGURE 2
a mechanical clamp jaw to tit beneath the blocks sup
wherein there are three layers of blocks 441, 4S and 46
ported on the upper edges of the frame members whereby
with the blocks all facing in one direction. The next
the blocks may be easily placed and removed from the
three layers, only two of which 47 and 4d are shown,
cubing table.
have the blocks facing in another arrangement.
The cubing procedure is a common technique. How
In placing and removing the blocks, a. mechanical
ever, the procedure is materially facilitated by a table
clamp has ample room between members 26, 28, 30, 32,
in accordance with the invention. The specific construc
tion of the table makes this possible in that there is ample ‘“ 34 and 36 for freedom of movement in vertical planes.
As shown best in FIGURE 3, the upper edges of all 0f
space for mechanical cubing clamp to move and function
these members constitutes rests on which the blocks are
when placing or removing the blocks on the cubing table.
disposed. Where two blocks are supported by the same
These together with other objects and advantages which
member, at T-shaped section is used to provide ample
will become subsequently aparent reside in the ydetails of
bearing surface. The stop 40 is a great convenience be
construction and operation as more fully hereinafter de
cause it provides a starting reference in a horizontal plane
scribed and claimed, refere-nce being had to the accom
and enables all of the blocks to be stacked and placed
panying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like
both plumb and square.
numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
FIGURE l is a perspective View of a table in accord
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous
ance with the invention.
modifications and changes will readily occur to those
FIGURE 2 is an end elevational View showing the
skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention
table in FIGURE l with two groups of blocks thereon,
to the exact construction and operation shown and de
one group shown only fragmentarily and in dotted lines.
scribed, and accordingly all suitable modilications and
FIGURE 3 is a sectional View taken on the line 3--3
equivalents may be resorted to, >falling within the scope
of FIGURE 2 but showing the blocks in dotted lines.
of the invention as claimed.
FIGURE 4 is a top view of the cubiug table shown
What is claimed as new is as follows:
in FIGURE l.
l. A cubing table for building blocks, said table corn
In the accompanying drawing there is an illustration
prising a leg structure including vertically extending legs
of a cubing table 1li which exemplifiies the principles of 50 and horizontally extending support members secured to
the invention. The cubing table dimensions may be Varied
the top of said legs, and a plurality of horizontally dis
depending on the size of blocks with which it is to be
posed flat plates, .said flat plates extending in parallel
used. For instance, two typical tables are 40" x 48” X 8”
spaced relation to each other and each being disposed
high and 48" x 48" x 8" high respectively. It is under
in a vertical plane, the lower edges of each of the plates
stood that these table dimensions are given by way of 55 being rigidly secured to the horizontal support members,
the outer ends of said plates extending beyond the hori
examples only, but they are tables of very useful dimen
zontal support members to provide a free clearance be
tween the ñat plates at the ends thereof, the outermost
Table 10 is made of metal and has a leg structure 12
of said ilat plates having their upper edge disposed above
composed of four legs 14, 16, `18 and 2t) which are most
conveniently made of angle iron. The leg structure is 60 the plane of the upper edge of the intermediate plates,
the intermediate plates each having a horizontally dis~
completed by two horizontal frame members 22 and 24
posed strip rigidly secured thereto in perpendicular rela
which are also preferably of angle iron members welded
tion forming T -shaped members, the upper surface of
or otherwise rigidly secured to the upper ends of the >four
the strips being in the same horizontal plane as the upper
legs 14, 16, 1S and 20.
The main portion of the table is composed of six paral
lel frame members 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 and 36 respectively.
Each frame member is spaced suíiìciently from the next
edge of the outermost plates.
2. The structure of claim 1 wherein one of the outer
most plates has a substantially L-shaped stop member
attached to the outer surface thereof, the horizontal leg
adjacent frame member to allow a mechanical clamp
of the stop member being secured to the outer surface
jaw to lit therebetween and at the ends thereof. Further, 70 of the plate slightly below the upper edge thereof, the
long leg of the stop extending above the plane of the
the frame members 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 and 36 protrude be
upper edge of the outermost plates and being laterally
yond the members 22 and 24 to provide perfectly free
spaced from the upper edge of the outermost plate to
which it is attached, thereby forming a stop.
3. The structure of claim 2 wherein the vertically ex
tending legs and horizontally extending support members
are formed of angle iron with the upper portions of the
legs secured within the angles of the horizontally extend
ing support members.
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
Jones ________________ __ Feb. 6, 1900
Gerberich ____________ __ Feb. 24, 1920
Romine _____________ __ Aug.
Erickson _____________ -_ Dec.
Lapham _____________ __ Dec.
Goetz _______________ __ Aug.
Haglind _____________ -_ May
27, 1958
‘Wardell ______ _`_ ...... __. Ian. 20, 1959
Black _________________ __ Feb. 2, 1960
France ___________________ __ of 1956
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