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Publication numberUS1590692 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 29, 1926
Filing dateJan 5, 1924
Priority dateJan 5, 1924
Publication numberUS 1590692 A, US 1590692A, US-A-1590692, US1590692 A, US1590692A
InventorsLewis Varnum S
Original AssigneeLewis Varnum S
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Kitchen cabinet
US 1590692 A
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KITCHEN CABINET June 29 1926.

v. s. LEWIS KITCHEN CABINET Filed Jan; 5. 1924 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 I noev to'o Va num 5. Lew

- attend Patented June 29, 1926.

UNITED STATES P E T OFFICE.

KITCHEN CABINET.

Application filed January This invention relates to improvements in cabinets, and more particularly a cabinet for use in small apartments-wherethere is no kitchenette or other kitchenfacilities. I I

The invention contemplates the PIOVlSlOIl of a cabinet with suitable shelves and compartments therein for the reception of cooking utensils, articles of food, .etc., and moreeven'though the apparatus is' folded into the t It will be obvious over suitable closures for closing the cabinet, one of which, or the bottom closure being designed to not only serve as a closure at times, butas a table or support for electrical cooking apparatus. which is firmly.

secured to the inner side of the door or closure so that this apparatus may be conveniently folded out of sight when the door is closed. I

The invention further contemplates the provision of certain electrical connections whereby when the door carrying the cooking apparatus is closed, electrical connection be broken so that the possibility of folding theapparatus into the cabinet while the resistance coils of the apparatus are incandescent, is made impossible, whereas the arrangement is such that when the apparatusis brought toposition for use wherein the dooror closure supporting the apparatus is in;horizontal position, the electric circuit will be completed preparatory to the manual manipulation: of circuit switches which operate I to heat electrically one or more of'the which the closure supports, andat the same time the arrangement is' such that the switches ,may remain closed cabinet, so that when unfolded or brought to position for use, most of the sets of coils will be immediately brought into operative} l s ive condition.

I hat in small apartments where no cooking facilities are avail-, able, a device of the character above indicated, will be of great advantage since it may be placed as a whole in any convenient part of a room, and when so laced will occupy very little space and Wlll at the same time be sightly, and in no way suggestive of acooking outfit. I

Inthe drawings- Fig. 1 is aperspective'view of a cabinet constructed in accordance with my invention, the same being'shown located in the .corner of a room. 7 Fig. 2 is a similar view showinglthe doors I e cabinet,

5, 1924. Serial No. 684,572;

as well as the lower closure or door open, the former closures 'exposin'g various articles containing or for containing foods, together with a compartment for small utensils,

whereas thelower closure is open showing the cooking apparatus thereon.

Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic view of an electrical circuit which I employ in connection with the lower closure and the cooking apparatus. I,

Fig. 4 is a detail sectional view of the lower'part of the cabinet and inner edge of the support showing the manner of hinging the support, and

Fig. 5 is an edge elevation of a portion of one side of the cabinet and one edge of the support. 1

Referring to the drawings, the numeral 1 designates the main body of the cabinet, not unlike other cabinets in external construction, and comprises in the main sides 2,

space 11 for the reception of such a receptacle as indicated by the numeral. 12, the same being atall can suitable for the reception of coffee, yeast powder, or otherlike' necessity.

Again -vided by ashelf 13 which separates the compartment 9 from two lower compartments further.

the upper part'of the cabinet is di- 14 and 15, the last mentioned compartments being formed in path a vertical partition 16. Across the front 0 the lower portion of thecompartment 141 place a barrier 17 cut away'as indicated at 18, which barrier together with one side of the cabinet, one side of the par 'tion 16, and a part of the shelf '13, forms convenient'receptacle for small cooking utensils, the cut-away portion L8 belng obviously for the purpose of conveniently inserting the hand and-part 'of the arm frlirremoving or replacing said small recepta. c es;

Hinged to the lower shelf' 4 is a closure door or table19. This is hinged to the cabinet by'su'itable hinges 20, the manner of hinging being such that the rear edge of the Y door will extend slightly beneath the shelf 4, as shown in Fig. 3, so as to aid in preventing the shelf from passing below horizontal position when it is open. Nevertheless as additional means for supporting the door 19 in open position, I provide a flexible cordmaintained rigidly thereon. The lower compartment 6 is of such size or capacity that it will provide am le space for the cookers when the lower oor is closed as shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings.

It will beunderstood' that the invention does not reside in the cookers themselves save in so far as they are adapted for attachment to the inner side of the lower door,"and they may be structurally like any of those approved and now in general use. These are provided with the usual electric connection or cord 25 connected in the usual way and at any convenient point with the supply of electrical current. I preferably provide a table with a short upwardl extending flange 26 around three of its si es so as to more efiect-ually retain such cooking utensils as may be required for immediate use, and to protect the wood of the lower door I prefer to cover the inner face thereof with a light metallic covering such as tin, aluminum or the like.

Referring particularly to the diagrammatic view of Fig. 3, a designates two resistance coils identical, and corresponding with the coils of the two cookers shown. These are connected by wires b to a contact point a, which in the present instance is shown supported upon the outside of the lower'door 19, and hinged to the shelf 41s a similar point (1, the two contact points being i so arranged as shown in Fig. 3, that when the door is open, they will be in contact so as to complete the circuit with the resistance coils or cookers, when of course the switches e are so passing that this will occur. The

' switches e are connected with wires f and f,

and the switches are adapted to cooperate with the points g forming continuations of one of the main supply wires h, the other supply wire h being com. acted with the contact point d, thus providing an arrangement whereby when the door is open and the cooking dev1ce is brought to the position shown in Fig. 2, either or both of the switches e may be manipulated to put in operation either or both of the cookers as may be desired. It will be noted, however, that in no case will there be a completed circuit with the cookers after the door supporting the cookers has been moved, .even very slightly from horizontalposition, toward the folded position of the door, so that under no conditions such as would result from carelessness or mistake, can the cooking-device be folded intothe cabinet with the current onthe resistance coils in the cooker. On the other hand, when the door or support 19 is open or in horizontal position, it is possible as before stated to put into operation either or both of the cookers, and at the same time while the door is still open either one or the other of the cookers may be put into opera tion.

The numeral 27 'designates a wood screw, whose head is seated in a bore 28 made in the members 29 adjacent the lower part of the cabinet, there being provided a smaller b0re'30 in said members for the passage of the screw, and in which when the screw is homeserves as a bearing for that part of the shank adjacent the head, the inner end of the screw being inserted a very considerable distance as shown into the'support or table 19. To prevent the screw from'working loose or coming out I preferably close the bore 28 with a plug 31. Thus it will be seen that by this arrangement the table or support inet;

19 is hinged to the lower part of the ca I do not desire to limit myself to any foods for cooking, as well as the utensils for cooking them in, and that the cabinet can be placed without disadvantage on any wall, in an corner, or elsewhere, in any room, accor mg as. the fancy of the user may dictate.-

I claim:

1 A portable kitchen cabinet adapted for wall attachment, comprising a hollow body having a closed bottom, a partition dividing the body into upperfand lower compartments, a front panel member hinged to the lower part of-the body portion a d serving as .a combined closure forth liiwer compartment and-as a support fofiectric cooking devices, electric cooki g devices rigidly secured to the upper side of the panel member and adapted to be folded back into the cabinet when the panel serves as a closure, and an electric circuit held closed b said panel when it is in open or horizontal position.

2. A portable kitchen cabinet adapted for partment and as a support for electric cooking devices, electric cooking devices rigidly secured to the upper side of the panel member and adapted tobe folded back into the cabinet when the panel serves as a closure,

' an electric circuit held closed by said panel when it is in open or horizontal position, and means accessible when the panel is in open or horizontal position for manually controlling the circuit.

3. A portable kitchen cabinet adapted for wall-attachment, comprising a hollow body having a closed bottom, a partition dividing the body into upper and lower 'compartments, a front panel member hinged directly at the front edge of the bottom of the lower part of the body portion and serving as a sole closure for the lower compartment when closed, and opening outwardly to lie in front of the cabinet and act as a support for electric cooking devices, electric cooking devices rigidly secured to the upper side of 'the'panel member and adapted to be folded back into the cabinet when the panel serves as a closure, and an electric circuit held closed by said panel when it is in horizontal or open position.

4, A portable kitchen cabinet adapted for wall attachment, comprising a hollow body having a closed bottom, a partition dividing the body .into 'upper and lower compart ments, a front panel member hinged to the lower part of the body portion .and serving as a combined closure for the lower com artment and as a support for electric coo ing devices, said panel member having a movement solely pivotal, electric cooking devices rigidly secured to. the upper side of the panel member and adapted to be folded back into the cabinet when the panel serves as a closure; and an electric circuit held closed by said panel when it is in its open or horizontal position. p

5. A portable kitchen cabinet adapted for wall attachment, comprising a hollow body aving a closed bottom, a partition dividing the body into upper and lower compartments, a front panel member hinged directly at the front edge of the bottom of. the lower part of the bod portion and serving as a sole closure for t e lower compartment. when closed, and openin outwardly to lie in front of the cabinet an to act as a support for electric cooking devices, the movement of the panel member being solely pivotal, electric cooking devicesrigidly secured to the upper side of the panel member and adapted to be folded back into the cabinet when the panel serves as a closure. an electric. t t switch on the bottom of the cabinet, an electric circuit between said switch and the cooking devices, said contact switch being adapted to be held closed by said panel when it is in horizontal or open position.

6. A portable kitchen cabinet adapted for wall attachment, comprising a hollow body having a closed bottom, a partition dividing the body into upper and lower compartments, a front panel member hinged directl at the front edge of the bottom of the lower part of the body portion and serving as a sole closure for the lower compartment when closed, and opening outwardly to lie in front of the cabinet and to act as a support for electric cooking devices, the movement of the panel member being solely pivotal, electric cooking devices rigidlysecuredto the upper side of the panel member and adapted to be folded back into the cabinet when the panel serves as a closure, an electric contact switch on the bottom of thecabinet, an electric circuit between said switch and the cooking devices, said contact switch being adapted to be held closed by said panel when it is in horizontal or open position, and means accessible when the panel'is in open or horizontal position, for manually controlling the circuit.

. 7. A portable kitchen cabinet adapted for wall attachment, comprising a hollow body having a closed bottom, a partition dividing the body into upper and lower compartments, a front panel member hinged directly at the front edge of the bottom of the lower, part of the body portion and serving as a sole closure for the lower compartment when closed, and opening outwardly to lie in front of the cabinet and act as a support for electric cooking devices, and to entirely expose said devices in position for use, electric cooking devicesrigidly secured to the upper side of the panel member and adapted to be folded back into the cabinet, when the panel 0 held closed by said panel when it is in hori serves as a closure, and an electric circuit zontal position.

' In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.

YVARNUM s. LEWIS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification312/223.1, 126/37.00B, 312/315, 312/236, 126/273.00A
International ClassificationA47B77/04, A47B77/10
Cooperative ClassificationA47B77/10
European ClassificationA47B77/10