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Publication numberUS1498132 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 17, 1924
Filing dateAug 21, 1922
Priority dateAug 21, 1922
Publication numberUS 1498132 A, US 1498132A, US-A-1498132, US1498132 A, US1498132A
InventorsStraubel Frederick L G
Original AssigneeStraubel Frederick L G
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pedestaled desk
US 1498132 A
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June v17 1924. l 1,498,132

F. 1...,G. STRAUBEL PEDESTALED DESK Filed Aug. 21. 1922 In ven 'ar.'

Patented .June 17,1924. i 'l 1,498,13ii` unirsi) STATES PATENT -rrica FREDERICK L. e. STRA'UBEL, or GREEN BAY, wisconsin.


Application led August 21, i922.` lSerial No. 583,096.

To all whom t may concern: Fig. 5 is a fragmentary enlargement of the 55 Be it known that I, FREDERICK L. G. middle upper portion of F ig."2, showing Athe bgrnAoBEL, a citizen i the United States,rearrangement'of the interlocking elements.

S'l'dmgat Green Bay in the County of Brown Fig 6 is 9 fmgmlltaly bottom view or and btate of Wisconsin, have invented certhe table top ofFig. 3, showing the arrangetain new and useful Improvements in a Pedment of? the interlocking elements on the 60 estaled Desk; and' I do hereby declare the same. i following to be a clear, and exact de- While my invention may be employed scriptiony of the invention, such as will enwitli equal facility inconnection with desks able others sl'rilled; in the art to which aphaving various types of upper portions and pertains to make and use the same. with desks varying also as to the number of 65 My invention relates'to desks of the genlegs,` it is particularly suitable for use with k eral class in which the table or top is' detach# flat top pedestaled desks having only four able fronrits suppOllSj and in one of its legs. I am therefore `illustrating'and degeneral. objects aims to provide a novel inscribing it particularly in such four legged y terlocking arrangement for detachably se` and flattopped embodiments, although'" do 70 curing the ltable top to one'or more pedestals. not wishl to be limited toy such uses of'y the Furthermore, it aimsl to provide the intersame. n locking arrangement in asimple and inex- Referring rst to the embodiments 0f pensive construction which will require no Figs. l and 4, these relate to a flat ltop table tools for manipulating the same and which in whichthe table top l is detachably mount- 76 will readily permitfone and the same table ed-on a pair of pedestals disposed respectopk lto be used interchangeably with a varitively vunder opposite ends oi the table, and ety of pedestals. It also airns to provide an in which a drawer 2 is supported below the ,i

interlocking arrangement off this general middle of the table by Z-shaped steel run# clLSs which can readily be employed 'on 'taners 3 secured to the bottom ofthe table top. S0 ble y.tops regardless of whether or not these Each of' the pedestals has a pair of end Alegs, tops have drawers secured to the same, and et and desirably is interlocked with the table in ,one aspect aims to provide aninterlocktop against sliding movement by dowels 5 ing arrangement in which the runner supprojecting downwardly from the table top porting. a drawer also affords at least a part and entering corresponding socketing bores 85 of the desired interlocking. Still' further 6 vdisposed in the top of the pedestal', these and also more detailed objects .will appear dowel sockets being desirably 'in the end freni `the following` specification and` `from frame of the pedestal.

the accompanying drawings, inwhiche- To cooperate with the said dowels in in- 'Fig/l is a perspective View oi' a four terlocking the table top with yeach pedestal, 90 legged double pedestal desk, showing the I provide each pedestal with a pair of metal slanieasv it. appears when the table top has cleats 7 which desirably are secured to the been inte'rlocked with one of the pedestals top of the inner side of each pedestal and 40 andisabout to b e interlocked with the other are so disposed as to project beyond the pedf pedestal. estal towards the middle of the table. Then 95 Fig. 2 is an enlarged, central, longitudinal provide the table top on its lower face and vertical section through a desk similark with corresponding krecesses 8 each of which to Fig. l but having simple legsin place of is adapted toy receive and house one of the the pedestal at theV left hand side of the said cleats while permitting that `cleatto desk. l n 4rest upon the upper horizontal web of the 10o Fi 3 isa section through a desk similar adjacent. Z-shaped runner 3. For this purtoFig. 2 but having nov drawer carried by pose, the recess 8 desirably extends somethe table top; e what further towards the adjacent 'end of Fig. 4. is an enlarged and l'ragmenaryperthe table top than the corresponding end of spective view showing the under side oi' the the cleat which is normally housed by that 105 table top of Figs. and 2] andthe upper recess. as shown in F ig. 5, thereby permitportion of the right hand pedestal ofthel ting the slidalole insertion of the cleat into Sgm@ figures,l the corresponding recess when the table top land the pedestal are relatively tilted as shown in F ig. l; Vtlhen both of the recesses 8 adjacent to one of the drawer-supporting Yrunners arethus simultaneously entered by the corresponding cleats, vthe subsequent downward swinging of the table top (or Y corresponding outward swinging of the pedestal) will cause each of the cleats to be housed by the adjacent recess while permitting the table top to bear liatwise on the top of the pedestal, and the simultaneous entry of the dowels 5 into the sockets 6 will then. hold the table top against sliding uponthe pedestal. Y Y y When the parts are thus assembled, it will Vbe evident from theV drawings that the Vweight of the tabletop continually tends Vreadily be taken apart whenever it may be desired to move the same Ythrough a narrow do/oror to handle the desk more easily when its owner moves from one location to another. l Y

v Furthermore, pedestals of a given dimen- KVsion but with diiferent drawer arrangements, corresponding for example to the two drawer arrangements shown 1n F ig. l, can readily beused interchangeably with the same table top. Likewise, vtable tops with diiferent upper surfaces can readily be used interchangeably with the same pedestals. Consequently, my arrangement permits both the manufacturer and the dealer to assemble a wide variety of desks from a. relatively small stockof the constituent parts, thereby greatly reducing both the investment and the storage space as compared with that which would be required for the correspond-Y ingA desks if constructed in the customary manner with rigidly attached pedestals. So also, since no tools whatever are required for attaching or detaching the pedestals from the tops, this can readily be done by inexperienced persons and at a decided sav-V Vingrin this over that ,whichy would be required for screwing or otherwise fastening the corresponding parts to one another. My inventionis therefore a time saver also, although not involving any appreciable increase in the manufacturing cost yover the older constructions. c

V.Howeven while I have illustrated and described my invention as employed in embodiments of a highly desirable shape, I do not wish to be limited to the details of the construction and arrangement thus disclosed, it being obvious that the same might be Vmodilniedin many ways without departing either from the spirit of my invention or from the appended claims. For example, itis immaterial for the purposes of my invention whether or not the upper or cleatf engaging ledge of the runner 3 of Figs. l, 2 and i also carries a lower drawer-supporting portion. YWhere no drawer 2 is to beemployed, l can therefore accomplish my purpose by securing a simple bar 9V tothe lower face of the table top after the manner of Fig. 3.

I claim as my inventior.`

l. ln a table or desk, a top, a pedestal section at one end of the top to support said end thereof, means to support the other end of the top, said Ytrop Vhaving recesses on its under face, a drawer runner secured to said under face of the tabletop and extending transversely across each of the recesses, and cleats carried by the pedestal'section and extending beyond the inner side of the latter, the cleats being receivable in the respective recesses to engage on top of the parts of the runner which traverse the recesses so asto be capable of pivotal movement relative to the runner, the irst named end of the top and thev outer side of the pedestal sectionV having dowel and rsocket connections to hold the top and pedestal section against relative longitudinal movement.

2. ln a table or desk, a top, a pedestal section at one end ofthe top to support said end of the top, means Vto support the other end of the top,said top having recesses on its under face, members carried by the inner side of the pedestal section and receivable in the .respectiveV recesses, an element common to each of the recesses and traversing the latterrand engageable with said members to provide a detachable and pivotal connectionV between the top and pedestal section, and means between the top and pedestalsection for holding said parts against relative longitudinal movement and being releasable upon relative pivotal movementof the parts. 3. In a tableV or desk, a top, a pedestal section for supporting one end of the table top havingV floor engaging means at its outer side only, means at the other end of the top for supporting the latter end, means at the inner side of the pedestal sectionfor de-V tachably and pivotally connecting the top to the pedestal section formed to require relative tilting between the top'and pedestal sectionto connect and disconnect the said pedestal section from the top and means between the top and section to prevent relallO tive longitudinal movement between theV parts. Y y

4. ln a table or a deskhaving al pedestal section and a drawer separate from the pedestal section, common means for supporting a side of the drawer and for Connecting the pedestal section with the top; said common means comprising a substantially Z- shaped runner secured to the underside of the top and having its lower web underhanging the drawer and its upper web eX- tending towards the pedestal; the top having recesses on its .under face extendin transversely across tbe said upper web o the runner, the pedestal section having rigid elements projecting therefrom transversely of the said web and above the latter and each normally housed by one of the said recesses, 15

Signed at Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aug. y20


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U.S. Classification312/195, 312/246
International ClassificationA47B17/00, A47B13/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B13/003, A47B17/00
European ClassificationA47B17/00, A47B13/00C