US 1062996 A
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G. F. SORNBBRGER.
FOLDING TABLE APPLICATION-FILED MAY 17. 1912.
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UNITED ST TES PATENT OFFICE.
' GEORGE F. SORNBERGER, OF SIDNEY, NEW YORK.
I Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Elgar 27, 1913, Application filedltay 17', 1912. 'SerialNo. csaose.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, .Gnonc'n F. SORN;
BERGER, a citizen of the United States, resi dent of Sidney, in thegcounty of Delaware and State of New York; have made a certain new and useful Invention in Folding Tables; and I declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it ap erta'ins to make and use the invention, re erence being had to the accompanying drawings, and to letters or figures of reference marked thereon,
' which form a part of this specification.
Figure 1 is a perspective view of my table.
' Fig. 2 is a side of the same, partially folded.
Fig. 3 is a similar view completely folded. Fig. 4 is a detail perspective view of the spring catch. Fig. 5 is a detail perspective view of the tenon endof one of the chord sections. Fig. 6 is a similar view of the bracing clasp or holder.
The object of the invention is to provide a closely folding table which will be trussbraced .when.unfolded and set up for use. and which can be readily folded in flat and The invention consists in the novel construction and combinations of parts, as hereinafter set forth.
In the accompanying drawings, the numeral 2 indicates the leaves which compose the top of the table. The meeting ends of these leaves are provided'underneath with transverse reinforcing bars or battens 3, which are fiush with said ends and are connected by hinges 1. When the table is setup the ends of the leaves and the sides of the bars are broughtin contact, and brace the joint. Under bars or battens 6 areprovided near the free ends of theleaves to which the legs 5 of the table are hinged, intermediately of the width thereof, in such wise that these battens will provide bearings for the legs at either side of the hinge. Each pair of legs is connected by-means of a transverse bracing strip'or-bar 7 near the lower ends of the le s and secured to the inner sides'thereof. T strip is provided a mortise seat 8. The le S are hinged to fold inward or toward t c n the middle portion of the sists of two oblique or truss sections 9 and two chord sections 12, which have tenon ends designed t-oengage the mortise'seats of the transverse leg braces. The chord sectlons which compose a single central longitudinal brace are ofeqnal length, and are bridge the joint when the ends of the sec- ;t1ons aredepressed and in line witheach other, in order to prevent the brace from being casually bent upward. The obliqueor truss sections 9 are longer than the chord sec-.
tions, and are connected by hinge devices, each to the free end of a chord section near its tenon, and to the table leaf, the hinge device in the latter case being attached to the batten 3, or to a hinge blo k 16, abutting against the batten. The latt r mode is usually adopted because it facilitates the bracing adjustment of the truss sections to-hold the legs in firm position when the chord sections are extended and in engagement therewith. The tenons of the chord sections are provided with notches or seats for engagement with spring catches 17 connected to the .mortised strips, so'that when these tenons have been pushed home through the seats they will be automatically secured against casual removal. Or the spring catches may be connected to the tenons and arranged to engage the mortise seats.
The battens or bars at the meeting edges of the table leaves are designed to be made thicker than the other'battens or strips, in order to provide for the inward folding of the table legs and the truss-brace in such wise that when the table is folded the leaves will be supported in parallel relation upon said cross braces, thebattens 6 and the pairs of legs and folded truss brace sections lying compactly therebetween. A hook device 18, connected to the under bars or battens 6, serves to fasten the table together firmly in folded position.
What I claim as In invention and desire to secure by Letters atent is:
A folding table, comprising a top having two leaves, inner battens having lower hinged connection with each other, outer battens, inward foldable le S having hinged connection with said outer attens and cross braces, a single central iongitudinahbrace composed of two members having at their inner ends a hinged connection, and at their In testimony whereof I atiix my signature, outer ends a separable connection With said in presence of two witnesses.
cross braces and inclined braces havin at 1 1 their upper ends "a hinged connect-ion ii/ith SORNBERGER' the inner ends of said leavesnnd at their I Witnesses:
lower ends a hinged connectlon with the GEO. G. Don, outer ends of said members. HERBERT C. Knsnn.
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