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July 9, 1963
H. P. GLASS
3,096,866
CQLLAPSIBLE FURNITURE
Filed Feb‘. 3, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 1
INVENTOR
HENRY P. GLASS
BY MASON, KOLEHMAINEN,
RATHBURN a WYSS
July 9, 1963
H. P. GLASS
3,096,866
COLLAPSIBLE FURNITURE
Filed Feb. 3, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 2
FIGS
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INVENTOR
HENRY P. GLASS
BY MASON, KOLEHMAINEN,
RATHBURN 8 WYSS
July 9, 1963
H. P. GLASS
3,096,866
COLLAPSIBLE FURNITURE
Filed Feb. 3, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 3
FIG. 5
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INVENTOR.
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July 9, 1963
H. P. GLASS
3,096,866
COLLAPSIBLE FURNITURE
Filed Feb. 3, 1961
4 Sheets-Sheet 4
INVENTOR
HENRY P. GLASS
BY MASON, KOLEHMAINEN,
RATHBURN a wYss
United States Patent 0 M
1
3,096,866
Patented July 9, 1963
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FIG. 4 is a sectional elevational view of the table and
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bench assembly of FIG. 1, taken diagonally along line
COLLAPSIBLE FURNITURE
Henry P. Glass, 245 Dickens, North?eltl, Ill.
Filed Feb. 3, 1961, Ser. No. 86,926
16 Claims. (Cl. 297-159)
This invention relates to collapsible articles of furni
ture and more particularly to a table and bench assem
bly provided with foldable legs.
4—-4- of FIG. 3, and illustrated in the open or unfolded
position;
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a modi?ed form of a
table and bench assembly according to the present inven
tion;
FIG. 6 is a bottom view of the table and bench assem
bly of FIG. 5 illustrated in a folded position;
Lightweight collapsible tables and benches are known. 10
FIG. 7 is a bottom view of yet another embodiment of
However, di?iculty has been experienced in that in view
‘a table and bench assembly according to the present in
of the public’s habit of overloading such furniture, the
vention and illustrated in a folded position; and
furniture has been subjected to the possibility of collapsing
FIG. 8 is an elevational sectional view of the table and
while under load and the size and weight of the compo
bench assembly of FIG. 7 illustrated in an unfolded posi
nent parts have been increased, thus resulting in bulky 15 tion.
pieces of furniture. Moreover, it is frequently desirable
Referring now to the drawings, and speci?cally to
to use a folding table in combination with folding chairs
FIGS. 1 and 4 thereof, there is illustrated a collapsible
or benches such as when the table and chairs are to be
table and bench assembly generally illustrated at 101 and
used as a bridge table or as a picnic table.
It is, of
including a table top or table portion 512, and a bench or
course, desirable that such collapsible pieces of furniture 20 seat portion 14. The table assembly 10 is additionally
fold into the smallest possible size in order to facilitate
provided with a plurality of swingable supporting legs
thestorage of the furniture.
16, here illustrated as four, interconnected intermediate
It is therefore an object of the present invention to
their length by a rigid cross brace or brace member 18.
provide an improved collapsible table which overcomes
As herein illustrated, the ‘brace member 18 includes a
the aforementioned difficulties.
25 pair of rigidly connected crossarms 18a and 18b inter
A further object of the present invention is to pro
connected at their mid-point and having each of their
vide an improved collapsible combination table and bench
ends pivotally connected to a respective one of the legs
assembly.
16. In order to provide for pivotally interconnecting the
Another object of the present invention is to provide
brace member 18 and the legs 16, each of the legs 16 is
an improved collapsible table and bench assembly which 30 provided with a hinge ?tting 20 of general U-shape posi
is strong, yet light in weight, economical to manufac
tioned around a respective one of the legs 16, and a pivot
ture, and which may be folded, when not in use, into the
or hinge pin 22 pivotally interconnects the ends of the
smallest possible size.
legs of the hinge member 20 with the ends of the arms
Further objects and advantages of the invention will
18a and 1811.
become apparent as the following description proceeds 35
In ‘order to interconnect the upper end of the legs 16
and the features of novelty which characterize the inven
with the table top 12, ‘there is provided a plurality of
tion will be pointed out with particularity in the claims
over-center connecting assemblies 24, each of which in
annexed to and forming a part of this speci?cation.
chides a ?tting 26 secured to the underside of the table
Brie?y stated, according to the present invention, there
is provided a collapsible table including a table top and a 40 top 12 by a plurality of fasteners 28 (FIG, 3) and pro
vided at its ends with a pair of depending ears or lugs
plurality of supporting legs. The supporting legs are
30. Moreover, each of the over-center means 24 addi
each connected to the table top by an over-center con
tionally includes a pair of over-center connecting links
necting link means which interconnects one end of each
32, each of the links in each pair having one end thereof
of the individual ones of the legs to the underside of the
45 pivotally mounted to one of the lugs 30 by pivot means
table top. A rigid brace is provided which is pivotally
connected to each of the legs at a point remote from the
table top.
In accordance with another feature of the present in
vention, a bench is provided which is operatively associ
ated with the table so as telescopically to be positioned
relative to the table top when the table is folded, and
which is operatively connected to the legs intermediate
their length so as to move downwardly away from the
such as a pivot pin 34, and having the other end thereof
connected to the upper end of a respective one of said
legs 16 by pivot means such as a pivot pin 36. In this
manner there is provided the plurality of over-center
connecting links 32 which have one end pivotally con
nected to the table top 12 through the pivot pins 34
and which have the other end pivotally connected to
a respective one of the legs 16 through the pivot pins
36, and which are swingable between a ?rst or table
table top when the legs are moved to the open position.
folded position, as illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 3, wherein
It will be appreciated that, according to the present 55 the pivoted end of the legs 16 are positioned toward the
invention, there is provided the improved collapsible
table and bench assembly which is light yet strong, and
which, due to the telescoping of the table top and bench,
is foldable into a small compact size, and which permits
the table top and bench to be formed from the same piece
of material.
.
The nature of the invention will best be understood
when described in connection with the accompanying
center of the table top 12, to a second or table unfolded
position, over-center from the folded position, and against
the ‘bottom of the table top with the pivoted end of the
legs 16 being positioned outwardly from the center of
the table top 12 toward the outer edge thereof.
It will be appreciated from the above description that
the geometry of the described table is such as to allow
drawings, in which:
the legs :16 to fold ?atly against the underside of the
bench assembly of FIG. 1, illustrated in the folded posi
tion, and taken substantially diagonally across the table;
opposite ones of the pivots 34, as represented by the dis
tance E of FIG. 4 radially from the center of the table
top 12, is equal to one-half the length of a crossarm 18a
table top 12 when the table is in a folded position.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a table and bench as 65 Brie?y, this is accomplished when the length of the legs
sembly according to the present invention;
16 between the pivot pins 22 and 36, as indicated by the
FIG. 2 is a sectional elevational view of the table and
distance D in FIG. 4, plus one-half the distance between
FIG. 3 is a bottom view of the table and bench assem
bly of FIG. 1, illustrated in the folded position;
or 1812 plus the length of a connecting link 32, projected
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A
folded position, and against the bottom of the table top
with the pivoted end of the legs 116 being positioned out
wardly from the center of the table top 112 toward the
3
on a radial line from the center of the table, as indicated
by the distance F in FIG. 4.
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In order to provide that the bench 14 surrounds the
outside of the table top 12 butris disposed in the same
plane when the assembly 10 is folded, as best illustrated
in FIGS. 2 land 3, the bench'14 is operatively associated
with the legs 16 intermediate their length so as to move
downwardly away from the table top 12 when the legs are
in their unfolded position, as illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 4.
This is accomplished by the provision of a plurality of
bench connecting assemblies, generally illustrated at 38,
and including a ?rst bracket or ?tting 40 secured to the
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outer edge thereof. Moreover, it will further be ap
preciated from the above description that the geometry
of the described table is such as to provide for the legs
116 to fold ?atly against the underside of the table top
112 when the table is in a folded position, as best illus
trated in FIG. 6. Suitable proportions of the members
are apparent from the above-detailed description; how
ever, briefly, the length of the legs between their pivot
pins 122 and 136 plus the radial projected distance from
the center of the table top 112 to the pivots 134, as repre
underside of the bench 14 by a plurality of fasteners 42
sented by M (FIG. 6), is equal to the radius of the
(FIG. 3) and each provided at its ends with a pair of
downwardly extending‘ lug or ear portions 44. Each 15 brace member 113 measured to the pivot pins 122, plus
the projected length of a connecting link 132.
connecting assembly 38 additionally includes a pair of
In order to provide for a bench associated with the
bench connecting links 46 pivotally connected to the
table portion 112, the bench 114 is positionable tele
lug portions 44 by a pivot pin 4% and pivotally connected
to the legs 16 intermediate their length by a pivot pin 50‘.
The geometry of the bench 14 and the connecting
assemblies 38 is such that when the table is in its folded
position, the seat 14 is coplanar with the table top 12
and outwardly therefrom. To this end, as clearly repre
sented in FIG. 3, the link 46 is of a length such that the
projected length of the link 46,- as represented by G in
FIG. 4, plus one-half the length of the connecting arms
1811 or 18b is equal to one'halfv the radial distance be
tween opposite pivots 418, as indicated at H in FIG. 4,
plus the length of the legs 16 between the pivots 5e and
scopically outside of the table top 112 when the table
110 is folded, as illustrated in FIG. 6, and is operatively
associated with the legs 116 intermediate their length so
as to move downwardly away from the table top 112
when the legs are in their unfolded position.
This is
readily accomplished by the provision of a plurality of
25 bench connecting assemblies 138, identical to the assem
blies 38 described in connection with the embodiment
of FIGS. l to 4 and which, brie?y, include a ?tting 140
secured to the underside of the bench 1'14 and provided
at each end with a pair ‘of downwardly extending lug or
car portions 144. Each connecting assembly 138 addi
tionally includes a pair of bench connecting links 146
22, as indicated at K in FIG._ 4. In this manner the
bench 14 will lie coplanar with the table top‘ ‘12 when
pivotally connected to the lug portions 144 by a pivot pin
the legs 16 are in their folded position.
148 and pivotally connected to the legs 116 intermediate
‘In order to provide for seating of the legs 16 on a
their length by a pivot pin 150.
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floor or other surface, the lower ends of the legs 16 may
It will be seen that the geometry of the bench 114
be provided with any suitable means for engaging the 35
and the connecting assemblies 138 is such that when the
?oor, such as a small ?at plate 52 serving as a ferrule.
table is in its folded position, illustrated in FIG. 6, the
Although the table top 12 and the bench 14 in the
bench 114 is coplanar with the table top ‘112 and out
embodiments of FIGS. 1 to 4 are illustrated as being
wardly therefrom. To this end, as clearly shown in
square in shape, it will be appreciated that they may
have any suitable con?guration. For example, there is 40 FIG. 6, the link 146 is of a length such that the projected
length of the link 146, projected against a radial line,
illustrated in the embodiment of FIGS. 5 and 6 a col
plus the radius of the brace member 118 measured to
liapsible table top and bench assembly 116 in accordance
the pivot pins 122 is equal to the radial distance from the
with the present invention and circular in con?guration.
center of the table to the pivot pins 148 plus the length
The collapsible table [and bench assembly 110‘ includes
a table top or top- portion 112 and a bench or seat por 45 of the legs 116 between the pivot pins 150 and 122. In
this manner the bench 114 will lie coplanar with the table
tion 114. The assembly is additionally provided with
top 112 when the legs 116 are in their folded position.
a plurality of swingable supporting legs 116, here illus
Moreover, in order to provide for the smallest folded
trated as three in number, and interconnected at their
compact size of the assembly 110, the ring-shaped brace
ends remote from the table top 112 by a rigid ring or
torus-shaped brace member 118 which is pivotally con 50 member 113 is positioned at the bottom of the legs 116,
serving as a skid or ferrule to engage the floor or other
nected to the respective legs 116. In order to provide
surface, and is positioned outwardly of the legs 116 so
for pivotally interconnecting the brace member 118 and
that when the assembly ‘116 is in its folded position the
the legs 116, there is provided hinge means 120‘ including
brace member 118 will be telescopically positioned out
a pivot or hinge pin 122 which pivotally interconnects
55 wardly from the bench 114 as illustrated in FIG. 6.
the brace means 118 and the legs 116.
Although the embodiments of FIGS. 1 to 4, ‘and FIGS.
In order to interconnect the upper end of the legs 116
5 and 6, illustrate table and bench assemblies wherein
with the table top 112, there is provided a plurality of
the table top and the bench are connected to the legs of
over-center connecting assemblies 124 (FIG. 6), which
the assembly in similar manner, it will be appreciated
are identical to the over-center connecting means 24 illus
trated and described in the embodiment of FIGS. 1 to 4, 60 that various changes may be made without departing
from the spirit and scope of the invention. To this end,
and, brie?y, which each includes a ?tting 126 secured
there is illustrated in FIGS. 7 and 8 a table wherein the
to the underside of the table top 112 and provided at
bench thereof is secured to the legs by ‘a modi?ed assem
its ends with a pair of depending ears or lugs v130. More
bly. Referring now to the embodiment of FIGS. 7 and
over, each of the over-center means 124 additionally in—
cludes a pair of over-center connecting links 132, each 65 8, there is illustrated a collapsible table and bench as
sembly 210 which includes a table top or table portion
of which is pivotally mounted to one of the lugs .130 by
212 and a bench or seat portion 214.’ Table assembly
pivot means, such as the pivot pin 134, and having its
210 is provided with a plurality of swingable supporting
other end connected to the upper end of a respective one
legs 216, here illustrated as four, and interconnected
of the legs 116 by pivot means, such as a pivot pin 136.
It will be appreciated that the over-center means 124 70 intermediate their length by a rigid cross brace or brace
member 218. As herein illustrated, the brace member
are effective to provide for swinging of the legs 116 be
218 includes a pair of rigidly connecting crossarms 218a
tween a ?rst or table folded position, as illustrated in
and 218k secured together’ \at their mid-points and each
FIG. 6, wherein the pivoted end of the legs 116 is posi
formed of a pair of spaced apart links 2180 and 218d,
tioned toward the center of the table top 112, to a sec
ond, or table unfolded position, over-center from the 75 and 218e and 218)‘, respectively, each pair forming a sort
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of yoke construction. Moreover, each of the crossarms
218a and 21821 are pivotally connected at their ends to
opposite ones of the legs 216 by a hinge or pivot pin 222,
the respective legs 216 being mounted between the links
2180 and 218d and the links 2182 and 218)‘, forming
the crossarms 218a and 21812, respectively, for swinging
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floor or other surface, the lower ends of the legs 216 are
provided with suitable means for engaging the floor, such
as a small flat plate 252 serving as a ferrule.
It will be appreciated that the table and bench assem
bly according to the present invention is strong, yet light
in weight, and is readily foldable into a very compact
movement relative to the brace member 213, as best
shape. When folded, the legs do not project beyond the
illustrated in FIG. 7.
outer dimensions of the bench. In this respect it will
In order to interconnect the upper end of the legs 216
be noted that in the embodiment of FIGS. 7 and 8 the
with the table top 212, there is provided a plurality of 10 legs are substantially within a circumscribed square con
over-center connecting assemblies 224 which are similar
taining the table and bench assembly. As the legs fold
to that illustrated in the previously described embodi
closely against the underside of the table top and bench,
ments. Briefly, as herein illustrated, each of the over
the table and bench assembly occupy a minimum space
center assemblies 224 includes a ?tting 226 secured to
during shipping as well as during storage, and provide
the underside of the table top and provided at its ends
for convenient handling thereof. Moreover, as the table
with a pair of depending ears or lugs 230, and additionally
top and bench are concentric when vfolded, the table top
includes a pair of over-center connecting links 232, each
and bench can be formed from the same piece of mate
of the links in each pair having one end thereof pivotally
rial, substantially eliminating Waste.
mounted to one of the lugs 230 by pivot means such as
While certain preferred embodiments of the invention
a pivot pin 234 and having the other end thereof con 20 have been described by way of illustration, many modi?
nected to the upper end of a respective one of the legs
cations will occur to those skilled in the art. It is, there
2116 by pivot means such as a pivot pin 236. In this
fore, intended in the appended claims to cover all such
manner there is provided a plurality of over-center con
modi?cations as fall within the true spirit and scope of
necting links 2312 which have one end pivotally con
the invention.
nected to the table top 212 through the pivot pin 234
What is claimed as new and desired to be secured by
and which have the other end pivotally connected to a
Letters Patent of the United States is:
respective one :of the legs 216 through the pivot pins
\1. A collapsible table and bench assembly comprising
236; and which are swingable between a ?rst or table
a one-piece table top, a plurality of supporting legs, rigid
folded position, as illustrated in FIG. 7, wherein the
brace means pivotally connected to each of said legs re
pivoted end ‘of the legs 216 are positioned toward the 30 mote from said table top and interconnecting said legs,
center of the table top 212, to a second or table un
folded position, over-center from the folded position, and
against the bottom of the table top with the pivoted end
of the legs 2% being positioned outwardly from the
a plurality of over-center connecting {links having one end
pivotally connected to said table top‘ and the other end
pivotally connected to one end of a respective one of said
legs and movable between a first position against the bot
center of the table top 212 toward the outer edge thereof. 35 tom of said table top with said one end of said legs being
It will be appreciated, from the above description,
positioned ‘against the bottom of said table top and a
that the geometry of the table is such as to allow the legs
second position against the bottom of said table top with
216 to fold ?atly against the underside of the table top
said one end of said legs being positioned outwardly of
212 when the table is in a folded position. The propor
said ?rst position against the bottom of said table top,
tions of the members are similar to that of the hereto 40 said legs being swingable between a first position corre
fore described embodiments and are not herein described
sponding to the ?rst-mentioned first position and longi
in detail.
tudinally against the bottom of said table top to .a second
In order to provide a bench associated with the table
position corresponding to the ?rst-mentioned second posi
portion 212, the bench 214 is positionable telescopically
tion and supporting said table, and one-piece seat means
outside of the table top 212 when the table 218‘ is folded, 45 telescopically positionable relative to said table top out
as best illustrated in FIG. 7, and is operatively associated
wardly thereof when said legs are in their said ?rst posi
with the legs 216 intermediate their length so as to move
tion and operatively associated with said legs interme
downwardly away from the table top 212 when the legs
diate the length of said legs to move downwardly relative
216 are in their unfolded position, as illustrated in FIG.
to said table top when said legs are in their said second
8. This may readily be accomplished by outwardly ex 50 position.
tending the crossarms 218a and 218b of the brace means
218 beyond the legs 216, the hinge or pivot pin 222 being
connected to the crossarms 218a and 21% intermediate
2. A collapsible table and bench assembly comprising
a table top, a plurality of supporting legs, rigid brace
means pivotally connected to each of said legs remote
their lengths. The bench portion 214 may then be se
from
said table top and interconnecting said legs, a plu
cured directly to the overhanging portion of the cross 55
rality of over-center connecting assemblies interconnect
arms 218a and 21821 and positioned outwardly of the
ing said tabletop and one end of said legs, said legs being
table top 212. If desired, a pivotable sliding link assem
swingable between a folded position against the under
bly 238 may be provided to additionally interconnect
side
of said table top with said one end thereof toward
the overhanging portion of the crossarrns 218a and 218/)
the center of the table top to an unfolded position sup
and, therefore, the bench portion 214 with the respective
porting said table with said one end of said legs out
legs 216. Each of the connecting links includes a pair
wardly
from said folded position, and seat means tele
of spaced links 240 spaced on respective sides of their
scopically positionable relative to said table top‘ when
associated legs 215 and received between the spaced apart
said legs are in their folded position and operatively asso
links 218e, 218d, and 218e, 213)‘ forming the brace mem
cia-ted
with said legs to move downwardly relative to said
ber 218. Moreover, each of the connecting links 240 65
table top when said ‘legs are in their said unfolded
has one ‘end pivotally mounted to the overhanging por
position.
tion of the crossarms 218a and 21811 by a pivot pin 242.
3. A collapsible table and bench assembly 'as set forth
Additionally, each of the connecting links 240 is pro—
in claim 2 above wherein said brace means interconnects
vided with a longitudinal slot 244 ‘and each of the legs
said legs intermediate their length.
216 is provided with a cooperating pin 246 slidably re
4. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
ceived in the slot 244. Swinging of the legs 218 between 70
in
claim 2 above wherein said brace means interconnects
the folded and unfolded positions is etfective to rotate the
the other end of said legs.
links 240 about the pivot pin 242 while the pin 246 slides
5. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
along the slot 244.
in claim 2 :above wherein said seat means is operatively
In order to provide for seating of the legs 216 on a 75 associated with said legs by a plurality of links each
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said legs.
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tion corresponding to the ?rst-mentioned ?rst position and
having one end'pivotally connected to said seat means
and having the other end pivotally connected to one of
longitudinally against the bottom of said table top to a
second position corresponding to the ?rst-mentioned sec
ond position and supporting saidtable; the length of said
legs between their pivot points with said connecting links
7
6. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
in claim 2 above‘ wherein said seat means is operatively
and said brace means plus the radial distance \from the
center ‘of the table to the pivot point between the connect
ing links and the table top being equal to the radial length
associated with said legs through a portion of said brace
means which overhangs said legs.
7. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
in claim 2 above wherein brace means is torus-shaped
of the brace means measured from the center of the table
to the pivot point between the brace means and the legs;
one-piece seat means telescopically positionable relative to
said table top outwardly thereof when said legs are in their
and is positioned outwardly of said legs and is position
able telescopically outwardly of said seat means when
said assembly is in a folded position.
said ?rst position and operatively ‘associated with said legs
8. A collapsible table and bench assembly comprising
intermediate the length of said legs to move downwardly
‘a table top‘, a plurality of supporting legs, bnace means
pivotally connected to ‘each of said legs remote from said 15 relative to said table top when said legs are in their said
second position; and link means pivotally interconnect
table top and interconnecting said legs, a plurality of
ing the underside of said seat means and said legs; the
over-center connecting means interconnecting said table
length of said link means between its respective pivot
top2 and one end of ‘a respective one of said legs, and seat
points plus the said radial length-of the said brace means
means telescopically positionable relative to said table
top when said legs are in a folded position and opera 20 being equal to the radial distance from the center of said
table to the pivot point between said link means and said
tively associated with said legs to move downwardly rela
seat means plus, the length of the legs from their pivot
tive to said table top when said legs are in an unfolded
point
with said brace means to their pivot point with said
position.
link means.
9. A collapsible table ‘and bench assembly as set ‘forth
15. A collapsible table comprising a table top, a plural
in claim 8 :above wherein said brace means interconnects 25
ity
of supporting legs, a plurality of rigid links one for
said legs intermediate their length.
each leg, each link having one end thereof pivotally con
10. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
nected to one end of an associated leg, means for pivotally
in claim 8 above wherein said brace means interconnects
the other end of said legs.
connecting the other end of each link to the underside
of said table top, the pivot points of said links relative
to said table being spaced from one another and rigid
,
11. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
in claim 8 above wherein said seat means is operatively
‘associated with said legs by a plurality of links each hav
ing one end pivotally connected to said seat means and
having ‘theother end pivotally connected to one of said
legs.
brace means pivotally connected to each of said legs at a
position on said legs remote from the ends of said legs
connected to said links, said links each having two oper
35
12. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
in claim 8 above wherein said seat means is operatively
associated with said legs through a portion of said brace
means which overhangs said legs.
13. A collapsible table and bench assembly as set forth
in claim 8 above wherein brace means is torus-shaped and
is positioned outwardly of said legs and is positionable
telescopically outwardly of said seat means when said as
sembly is in a folded position.
ative positions both generally parallel with and against the
underside of said table top, the ?rst of said operative posi
tions of each link being inwardly from its associated pivot
point with said table and with said legs generally parallel
with said table top whereby said table is in a collapsed
condition, the second of said ‘operative positions of each
link being outwardly from its associated pivot point with
said table and with said legs projecting from said table
top whereby the latter is supported on said legsl.
16. The collapsible table’ of claim 15 having four legs
and wherein when said links are in the second of said
14. A collapsible table and bench assembly comprising
operative positions the ends of the legs adjacent the table
a table top; a plurality of supporting legs; rigid brace
top are adjacent the periphery 1of said table top.
means pivotally connected to each of said legs remote
from said table top and interconnecting said‘ legs; a plu
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the bottom of said table top with said one endof said
legs being positioned against the bottom of said table top 55
and a second position against the bottom of said table
top with said one end of said legs being positioned out
wardly of said ?rst position against the bottom of said
table top; said legs being swingable between a ?rst posi
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