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June 11, 1963
w. L. DANIEL
3,093,384
SKI PRESS
Filed April 20, 1961
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Wayne L. Daniel
IN VEN TOR.
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United States Patent 0 " ice
3,093,384
Patented June 11, 1963
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of the ski press shown with the hingedly mounted arms
3,093,384
SKI PRESS
Wayne L. Daniel, 1925 Madison, Paducah, Ky.
Filed Apr. 20, 1961, Ser. No. 104,270
4 Claims. (Cl. 280-1157)
thereof in collapsed positions, parts of the ski press being
broken away;
FIGURE 4 is a transverse horizontal sectional view
taken substantially upon the plane of the section line
4—4 of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 5 is an enlarged transverse horizontal sec
This invention relates to a novel and useful ski press
tional view taken substantially upon the plane indicated
and more particularly to a ski press speci?cally adapted
by the section line 5——5' of FIGURE 1; and
for storing and/ or transporting a pair of skis with each
FIGURE 6 is an enlarged horizontal sectional view
ski supported in a manner whereby the camber or bow 10
taken substantially upon the plane indicated by the sec
of the ski and the curvature of its toe will be preserved
tion line 6—6 of FIGURE 1.
and warping will be prevented or may be corrected.
Referring now speci?cally to the drawings the numeral
Many skiers have experienced the misfortune of having
10 generally designates the ski press of the instant inven
their skis lose their camber or curvature throughout the
main body of the portion and the curvature of their toe 15 tion which includes an elongated spine member generally
referred to by the reference numeral 12. The spine mem
portions. If a pair of skis is allowed to lie in storage in
ber 12 is provided with substantially ?at opposite side sur
a loose manner, temperature and humidity changes can
faces 14 and 16. A pair of clamp assemblies generally
tend to straighten and/ or warp both the main body por
referred to by the reference numerals 18 and 20' are sub
tions of the skis and the upwardly curving toe portions
stantially identical and are carried by the remote end por
of the skis. ‘It is of course important that the camber and
tions of the spine member 14. Each of the clamp assem
the curvature of the toe portions of the skis are main
blies 1S and 20 includes a pair of U-shaped mounting
tained for maximum performance while skiing. If a pair
members 22 and 24 whose free ends are pointed as at 26,
of skis are allowed to lie loose in storage, it not only is
see FIGURE 6, and embedded in the narrow sides 28
possible that they will lose their camber and _toe curva
ture, or warp but skis stored in this manner are more 25 and 30 of the spine member 12 which interconnect the
surfaces 14 and 16'. A strap member generally referred
likely to incur damage from rough treatment.
to by the reference numeral 32 and provided with a plu
In some cases skiers will merely secure straps around
rality of longitudinally spaced apertures 34 on one end
each pair of ends when the skis are disposed with their
and a buckle assembly 36 on the other end is disposed
bottom surfaces in abutting relation and it is still possible
that skis stored in this manner may lose their camber and 30 about the opposite ends of the spine member 12 and passed
beneath the bight portions of the U-shaped members 22
toe curvature. In some cases, a spacer block will be dis
and 24 on that end of the spine member. The straps 32
posed between the confronting spaced midportions of skis
are utilized to strap corresponding ends of the skis 38 and
which have had their corresponding ends strapped together
44} to spine member 12 as illustrated in FIGURE 1 of
and in this manner it is assured that the camber of the
skis will be maintained. However, it is also necessary 35 the drawings. The skis 38 and 40 each include a bowed
center portion 4-2 and an upwardly curving forward toe
that means he provided for maintaining the curvature
portion 44. The skis 38 and 40‘ have their lower surfaces
of the toes of the skis.
46 in tight frictional engagement with the surfaces 14 and
The main object of this invention is to provide a ski
16 of the opposite ends of the spine member 12 and a
press which will provide a convenient means for storing
and/or transporting a pair of skis in a manner whereby 40 camber or spacing block assembly generally referred to
by the reference numeral 48 is carried by the midportion
the camber and curvature of the toe portions of the skis
of the spine 12 and maintains the bowed middle portions
42 of the skis 38 and 40 in spaced apart relation.
A further object of this invention in accordance with the
A pair of arm members 50 and 52 are pivotally secured
immediately preceding object, is to provide a ski press
which will be readily adaptable to skis of varying lengths. 45 at one end to the forward end of the spine member 12 by
means of hinges 54 and 56. Each of the free ends of the
Still another object of this invention is to provide a
arms 50 and 52 has an internally threaded bushing mem
ski press which will be capable of restoring the camber of
ber 5'8 pivotally secured thereto by means of a pivot pin
a pair of skis and the original curvature of the toe portions
60 and the threads in the internally threaded bushings 58
after some of the camber of the skis has been lost and the
will be preserved.
toe portions have been straightened slightly.
A ?nal object to be speci?cally enumerated herein is to
provide a ski press which will conform to conventional
forms of manufacture, be of simple construction and
50 are oppositely threaded relative to each other and a screw
shaft generally referred to by the reference numeral 62
having oppositely threaded end portions 64 and 66 has its
‘opposite end portions threadedly engaged in the bushings
58.
The shaft 62 is provided with an enlarged head por
easy to use so as to provide a device that will be economi
cal-1y feasible, long lasting and an asset to substantially all 55 tion 68 for effecting rotation of the shaft 62. As can be
skiers including beginners as well as professionals.
These together with other objects and advantages which
will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of
best seen in FIGURE 1 of the ‘drawings the screw shaft
62 is rotated to extend the free ends of the arms 54) and
52 outwardly away from each other to engage the lower
surfaces of the curved toe portions 4-4 of the skis 38 and
60 4%. In this manner, while the forward ends of the main
body portions of the skis 38 and 4d are clampingly se
panying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like nu
cured against movement away from each other by means
merals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
of the clamp assembly 20, the arms 50 and 52 may be
FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of the ski press
positioned to maintain the proper curvature of the toe
shown with a pair of skis clampingly secured thereto and 65 portions 44.
with the ski press adjusted in a manner to maintain the
The camber block assembly 48 includes a pair of block
camber of the skis and the curvature of the toe portions
members 70 which are secured together by means of suit
construction and operation as more fully hereinafter de
scribed and claimed, reference being had to the accom
of the skis;
FIGURE 2 is a side elevational view of the assemblage
able dowel pins 72. The spine member 12 is provided
with a pair of parallel and longitudinally extending guide
illustrated in FIGURE 1 as seen from the left side of 70 slots 73 in which the dowel pins 72 are slidably disposed
FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a side elevational view of the toe portion
whereby the camber block assembly 48 may be adjusted
longitudinally of the spine member 12.
3,093,384
A.
A C-shaped channel member generally designated by
pair of skis, clamp means carried by opposite end portions
the reference numeral 74 and provided with free end por
tions 76 which are substantially aligned is secured to the
of said spine members adapted to clampingly engage cor
responding end portions of a pair of skis to opposite ends
surface 28 of the spine member 12 in any convenient
manner. A handle member 78 having a pair of mount
said spine intermediate its opposite ends for longitudinal
ing flanges 80 is slidingly mounted in the channel member
74 by means of the ?anges 30 slidingly disposed in the
movement therealong and projecting outwardly beyond
said longitudinal surfaces adapted for engagement with
channel member 74.
of said spine, and abutment means slidably mounted on
The handle member 73 may be
the under-surfaces of a pair of skis clamped to said spine
intermediate their opposite ends whereby said skis will be
member 74 by means of setscrews 82 threadedly engaged 10 clamped to said spine in a bowed state thereby preserving
in the ?anges 80 and positioned to abut the base 34 of the
the camber of the skis, and prevent warping or correcting
channel member 74, see FIGURE 4.
slight warping, spreader means on one end of said spine
secured in adjusted position longitudinally of the channel
In this manner, the handle member 78 may be adjust
member adapted to engage the undersurfaces of the
ably positioned longitudinally of the spine member 12 in
curved toe portions of a pair of skis clamped to said spine
order to compensate for various lengths of skis being 15 member adjacent the tips thereof and to urge said tips
clamped to the spine member 12, which various length
away from each other whereby the desired curvature of
skis would elfect a change in the center of gravity of the
said toe portions may be maintained, said spreader means
spine member 12. Accordingly, the handle member 78
including a pair of panel-like arm members, means piv
may be adjusted to lie in a transverse plane also contain
otally securing corresponding ends of said arm members
ing the center of gravity of the spine member 12.
20 to one end of said spine member for movement about par
It is believed that it will be readily appreciated that the
allel axes with the arm members being movable between
clamp members 32 may be readily slid longitudinally of
retracted positions disposed in side-by-side relation having
the spine member 12 a limited distance de?ned between
their remote surfaces forming continuations of said oppo
the legs of the U-shaped members 22 and 24 and also
site longitudinal surfaces and extended positions with said
that the camber block assembly 48 may be adjusted lon 25 arm members diverging apart at their free ends and away
gitudinally of the spine member 12, In this manner,
from opposite sides of the longitudinal medial plane of
while the curved toe portions of the pair of skis are
said spine member disposed between said longitudinal sur
engaged with the arms 50 and 52, the remainder or inter
faces to form positioning abutment surfaces for the under
mediate portion and opposite end of the spine member 12
surfaces of the forward toe portions of a pair of skis and
may be adjusted for various length skis.
to properly longitudinally position a pair of skis on said
With a pair of skis clamped in the ski press 10, warp
spine member when said arm members are in the extended
positions, a pair of oppositely internally threaded axially
alignable bushings pivota‘lly secured to the free ends of
age may be prevented and slight warpage may be cor
rected by the insertion of shims between points of contact
between the skis and between the skis and the ski press 10.
Further, the block members 70 may each be made exten
said arm members for rotation about axes generally paral
leling the ?rst mentioned axes and extending at right an~
gles to the longitudinal axes of said bushings, and a screw
sible by utilizing a pair of side-by-side partially overlapped
blocks with one being provided with a pair of parallel
slots and the other provided with a pair of bores regis
shaft having its opposite end portions oppositely threaded
and threadedly engaged in said bushings.
trable with said slots with fasteners passed and secured
2. The combination of claim 1 wherein said clamp
through said registered bores and slots for retaining said 40 means are slidably and adjustably mounted on said spine
blocks in surface-to~surface contacting frictional engage
for movement longitudinally therealong.
ment with each other. In this manner, camber of the
skis may be increased or decreased as desired. Still fur
3. The combination of claim 1 including a handle,
means mounting said handle on said spine intermediate
opposite ends thereof for providing a means whereby said
ther, the camber of the skis may be increased by inserting
shims between the block members 70 and the skis 38 and 45 spine and axis clamped thereto may be conveniently car
40.
ried.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
4. The combination of claim 3 wherein said mounting
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous
means includes means for adjustably positioning said han
modi?cations and changes will readily occur to those
dle longitudinally of said spine.
skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
to the exact construction and operation shown and de
scribed, and accordingly, all suitable modi?cations and
UNITED STATES PATENTS
equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of
the invention as claimed.
.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A ski press for providing a convenient means for
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storing and/or transporting a pair of skis with each ski
supported in a manner whereby the camber and curvature
of its toe will be preserved, said ski press comprising an 60
elongated spine member including opposite longitudinal
surfaces adapted to be abutted by the under surfaces of a
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Butler _______________ __ Aug. 23, 1938
Refsland _____________ __ May 2, 1939
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