US 1457041 A
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May 29, 1923. 1,457,041
B. F. OREAR FOLD ING CAMP TABLE AND STOOL SET FiledJune 3O 1921 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 May 29, 1923. 1,457,041
B. F. OREAR FOLDING CAMP TABLE AND STOOL SET Filed, June 30. 1921 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented May 29, 1923.
BENJAMIN F. OREAB, 0F MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.
FOLDING CAMP TABLE AND STOOL SET.
Application filed June 30, 1921. Serial No. 481,537.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, BENJAMIN F. OREAR, a citizen of the United States, residing at Minneapolis, in the county of Hennepin and State of Minnesota, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Folding Camp Tables and Stool Sets; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
My invention has for its object to provide a folding camp table and stool set, and to this end, it consists of the novel devices and combination of devices hereinafter described and defined in the claim.
In the accompanying drawing Whichillustrate the invention, like characters indicate like parts throughout the several views.
Referring to the drawings Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the outfit folded;
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the outfit set up;
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the camp table partly open, showing the manner of folding the legs and packing the stools there- 1n; I
Fig. 4 is a section taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. 3; and
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary view taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 3.
The folding table includes two duplicate top sections 6, each having at its longitudinal marginal edges, side rails 7 and, at its transversemarginal edges, end rails 8, said rails being secured to the topsections in end less arrangement. Strap hinges 9 are set in section .into the inner edges of the end rails 7, at
the inner ends thereof, and connect the two table top sections for opening and closing movement and also support the same in alignment when set up. When the table top sections are closed, the same afford a container for the outfit in the form of an ordinary suitcase. Fasteners 10 are provided for holdin the two top sections closed and one of sai sections, at its outer side rail 7, is provided with a handle 11 by which the outfit, when folded, 'may be carried, as indicated in Fig. 1.
The two top sections, at their outer corners, are provided with supporting legs 12, each of which is rigidly secured to a pivot bar 13. These pivot bars 13 are located just inside-of the end thereto and have, mounted in bores side bars.
bars 8, extend parallel on their ends, trunnions 14 in the inner faces of the The pairs of legs 12, for each top section, are secured to the pivot bars 13 in I buckling. To fold the legs 12 into the top sections,'it is only necessaryto buckle the toggle links 15 and,when said legs are thus folded, said toggle links lie folded between the lower ends of the legs and the pivot bars 13, as shown in Fig. 3.
The stool set shown includes four stools identical, the one with the other, and each thereof includes two pairs of crossed legs 17, each pair of which is intermediately connected by a pivot pin 18. These two pairs of crossed legs 17 are arranged in inner and outer pairs, the latter of which are arranged to .fold within the former and into, the same plane. The inner and outer pairs of legs 17 are rigidly connected at their upper ends by top bars 19. These top bars 19 are substantially one-half as thick as the legs 17 and are notched into the outer faces thereof, so that, when the legsv 17 are folded, said top bars lie, one upon the other within the leg; 17. A flexible seat 20, of canvas or ether suitable material, connects the top bars 19 and is tacked or otherwise secured thereto. The legs 17, of the inner and outer pairs,
are rigidly connected below their pivots '18 by tie-bars 21 and it is important to note that these tie-Fbars are located, one above the other, and to the same faces of the legs 17, so that when said legs are folded, the tiebars 21 will lie in the same plane, the one with the other. The purpose of arranging the legs 17 in inner and outer pairs is to permit the top bar 19 and tie-bar 21 of the inner pair of legs 17 to move within the outer pair of legs 17 so that said legs may be folded into the same plane.
To fold the camp table and pack the stools therein, the legs 17 are first folded into the top sections, as indicated in Fig. 3. The
camp stools are then taken inpairs and inserted into the top sections by lacing their "upper or seat ends against t e opposing faces of the pivot bars 13, while the lower ends of the legs 12 are held raised, The lower end portions of the stools are then pressed downward into the top sections with one crossed pair of legs 17 extending between the inner pair of legs of the other stool within the same top section. As the lower end portions of the stools are pressed into the top sections, the lower edges of the lower tie-bars 21 engage one another with some little force and thereby press the seat ends of the stools against the pivot bars 13, so that they are held in the top sections by the frictional engagement between the two lower tie-bars 21 and between the seat ends of the stools and the pivot bars 13. This same force that holds the stools in the top sections also holds the pivot bars 13 from turning so that the legs 12 are held folded within the top sections. To remove the stools from the top sections, it is only necessary to lift on certain of the tie-bars 21 to carry the two stools out of alignment, or, in other words, buckle the same to release the mean pressure which holds the same in position.
The outfit, when folded, occupies very little space and may be carried at the rear of any automobile front seat, on the running board or on the back of a car. In addition to the stools, other articles, such as cooking utensils, may be carried in the outfit.
What I claim is A folding table comprising two top sections adapted to be folded, the one upon the other, to afford a closed container, a pair of legs pivoted in the outer corners of each top section for folding movements therein, the free end of each leg, when folded, terminating short from the opposite end of the top section in which it is pivoted, and a toggle link between the end of each leg and the adjacent end of the respective top section, said toggle links connecting the legs to the top sections and arranged, when straightened, to hold the legs in operative positions and, when buckled and the legs folded, to extend between the free end of the legs and the adjacent ends of the top sections.
In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.
BENJAMIN F. OREAR.