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Publication numberUS1348220 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 3, 1920
Filing dateJul 16, 1919
Priority dateJul 16, 1919
Publication numberUS 1348220 A, US 1348220A, US-A-1348220, US1348220 A, US1348220A
InventorsHathaway Thomas H E
Original AssigneeHathaway Thomas H E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined cabinet and table
US 1348220 A
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. PatntedAug. 3,1920.





1,348,220. I PapentedAug. 3,1920;


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To all whom it may concern:

Be it known thatI, TI-IoMAs'H. E. HATE- AWAY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Combined Cabinets and Tables, of which the following is a specification.

The invention has reference to a combined cabinet and table for useby campers and the like, the aim being to provide a device for containing provisions andcookingand eating utensils, which may be conveniently transported from place to place, as upon the running board of an automobile, and'which is capable of removal therefrom. and of being set up for use at any desired place. The obj ect'of the invention thus generally stated, together with other and ancillary advantages, may beattained by the construction and arrangement illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming part hereof, in which Figure 1 is a front elevation of the device secured in position upon the running board of an automobile for transportation; Fig. 2 is a fragmentary side ele- 'vation, showing the-deviceset up for use. Fig. 3 is a fragmentary end elevation of the device as set up for use. Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. 3. Fig. 5 is a vertical sectional view taken on the line 5.-5 of Fig. 4. Fig. 6 is a fragmentaryperspective view showing a modified construction for the case or cabinet. vThe device comprises, generally, a case or .cabinet 1, atable 2, and a supporting member 3, forthe table, one end of which is adaptedto be supported by the cabinet and the other end of which is adapted to be supported by one or more supporting legs 4.

Thecabinet 1., maybe of any suitable construction. Preferably it is made rectangular in form, of substantial height, and open at its top. Upon its opposite ends it may be provided? with handles 5 and with securing strap 6 by means of'which it may be detachably secured to the running board of an automobile'in a well-known manner TTie table 2 consists of a series of leaves 7 hinged together as at'8 so as to be foldable one u on the other into compact form (Fig. 1). ne end leaf is hinged at 9 to the upper edge of one side wall of the cabinet and is adapted to close the upper end of the cabi-i net when the leaves are folded together Specification of Letters Patent.


Patented Aug. 3, 1920.

Application filed'July 16. 1919. Serial No. 311,193.

thereon. The leaves may be secured in this position by means ofsuitable straps 10.

To support the leaves in extended or horizontal position I provide the extensible member 3. One end of this member is detachably connected to the side wall of the cabinet adjacent the hinge connection 9 of the table therewith, and the opposite end of said member is supported by the legs 4. Said legs 4 are also made extensible being of a well-known telescoping construction,

and both the horizontal member 3 and the legs are adapted to be removed and folded into compact form for reception by the cabinet, a portion of which may be reserved for this purpose. 1 I

Preferably the horizontal member 3, consists of two telescoping sections 3" and 3?. The free endof the section 3 has fixed thereon a T-member 9 with the cross portion thereof normally disposed in avertical position; To receive such member the side wall of the cabinet has a horizontal slot 11 therein near its upper edge. It will be seen that the T-member maybe readily entered through the slot by turning the member through an arc of substantially 90, and when returned to normal positionlthe member will be securely held against accidental detachinent from the cabinet. This construction is advantageous by reason ,of'

the fact that no projecting parts are formed on or permitted to project from the cabinet when the device is in its closed or inoperative position. The outer end of the other.

section 3 of the member 3 has hinged therevon as at 12 a block 13 to which are hinged as at 14, supporting legs 4. These legs are also made in the form of a plurality of telescoping sections adaptedto beheld in extended position by means of suitable clamps 15. It will be apparent that the connection of'the member 3 and legs 4 with'the hinge block 13. is of such a character that when desiredtheymay be swung together after the fashion of a tripod. To prevent lateral movement of the table with reference to the supporting means therefor, the upper edge of the hinge block 13 may be entered within a recess 16 provided in the end leaf of the table.

legs 1 supporting the opposite end of the table. In order, however, to support the table at a more convenient distance above the ground Without disproportionately increasing the height of the cabinet, I prefer to support the cabinet upon swinging legs'17 hinged at opposite ends of the cabinet at 18 and 18, respectively, and connected by cross pieces 19. Said legs are adapted to swing inwardly, and to secure them in inoperative position upon the bottom of the cabinet, they are each provided with a lug 20 adapted to be engaged by the end of a pivoted cleat 21 upon the bottom of the cabinet, To prevent the legs 17 from collapsing when the device is set up, suitable braces 22 may be provided between them and the side walls of the cabinet; and to hold the table from collapsing should the cabinet tend to tilt, braces 23 are preferably provided. These braces23 are arranged to engage pins 24 and 24 on the leaf of the table which is hinged to the 'cabinet and on the end walls of the cabinet,

respectively. 7

It will be seen that I have produced an outfit of a practical character forcampers. When the table and cabinet are associated, in condition for transportation, the device is very compact and neat in appearance. When it is desired to set up the device for use as a combined container and table, this may be done at any desired place independ- 'ently of an automobile or, other special means of support, and when so set up is rigidly held againstcollapsing. Moreover, the tablemay be readily supported at a convenient height from the ground. If it is desired to provide a container which is adapted to more efi'ectively protect provisions against contamination by changes in weather conditions, this may be accomplished by making the cabinet 1 (Fig. with a double wall 25 so as to provide an air space 26 around the cabinet.

While Iv have herein illustrated and described the invention with considerable particularity, it Will be understood that, in the interpretation of the accompanying claims, they are not to be limited except as ma be necessitated by the state of the prior art. I claim as my invention: 7 1. A campers cabinet comprising, in combinatioma casing open at its upper end, a

table comprising a plurality of leaves hinged together so as tobe capable of being folded ;my hand.

either into a compact stack or in extended relation, one end leaf being connected to the upper edge of one side wall of the case and adapted when the leaves are in compact re-' lation to close the upper end of the case and also serve as a support for the remaining leaves, and means cooperating with the case to support the leaves of the table in'extended relation, said means including'an arm detachably connected with the case at the upper end thereof and having a supporting leg at its free end, said case being made of such height that while in upright or normal position it will, together with said leg,support the table at a substantial distance above the ground, and the case ,being'in the extended relation of said leaves open at its upper end so as to be readily accessible.

2. A campers cabinet comprising, in combination, a casing open at its ,upperend, a table comprising a plurality of leaves hinged together so as to be capable ofbeing folded either into a compact stack or in extended relation, one end leaf being connected to the upper edge of one side Wall of the case and adapted when the leaves are in compact rela tion to close the upper end of the case and also serve as a support 'for the remaining leaves, and means cooperating with the case to support the leaves of the table in extended relation, said means including an'arm connected with the case at the upper end thereof and having an extensible supporting leg at its free end, the casebeing made of. substantial height and also having legs for supporting it in elevated position,wherebysaid case together with said table leg will support the table ata substantial distance above the ground;

3. A device of the. character described comprising, in combination, a cabinet of substantial height having an opening near I In testimony whereof I'have hereunto set THOMAS LnnATHAwAY;

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US2662989 *Oct 26, 1951Dec 15, 1953Thatcher Charles ACombined portable table and cabinet
US3896742 *Jul 22, 1974Jul 29, 1975Lawrence Peska Ass IncRollable and foldable table for automobile trunk
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US6467417 *Mar 15, 2001Oct 22, 2002Ford Global Technologies, Inc.Vehicle table
U.S. Classification190/12.00R, 190/18.00R, 108/44, 108/47
International ClassificationA47B83/04, A47B83/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B83/045
European ClassificationA47B83/04B