US 1618374 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Feb. 22, 1927.
L. FAUST IRONING BOARD Filed Nov. 19. 1924 Jay 1.
Patented Feb. 22, 1927.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
LEVIN FAUST, OF ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR TO ROOKFORD STEEL FURNITURE COMPANY, OF ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, A CORPORATION OF ILLINOIS.
Application filed November This invention relates to ironing boards ,4 and has reference more particularly to ironing boards of that type which are fol-dable into and out of a cabinet mounted on or in a wall.
Among the objects of the invention are, to provide an improved ironing board of the type referred to wherein the inner or heel end of the board shall be strongly supported in the cabinet through the agency of a vertically sliding support or apron engaged with ways in the cabinet permitting the heel portion of the board to rise and fall as the board is folded outwardly and inwardly, to provide an improved construction of ironing board wherein the board may be swung angularly in, a horizontal plane when lowered to working position and securely locked and held at its inner or heel end when in such angularly shifted position, to pro vide a light, durable and strong construction of board and cabinet wherein all of the parts excepting the board itself are of metal, to provide a construction including the use of a vertically sliding support or apron in the cabinet for the heel end of the board, said apron being adapted to resist twisting or torsional strain when the lowered board is swung to one side, to provide an improved structure and mounting of board brace adapted to permit the angular side adjustment of the board without impairment of its function as a supporting strut, and, generally, to provide an ill proved and economical structure of folding ironing board of the cabinet type.
These and other objects and attendant ad.- vantages of the invention will be apparent to persons skilled in the art as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing in which I have illustrated one practical and approved embodiment of the invention, and wherein- Fi 1 is a front elevation of the cabinet and board in folded position, omitting the door of the cabinet;
Fig. 2 is a horizontal section through the cabinet, showing the board in lowered or working position and also showing in dotted lines an angular position of the board; and
Fig. 3 is a longitudinal vertical section of Fig. 1, also showing in dotted l nes the lowered position of the board.
Referring to the drawing. 5 designates as 19, 1924. Serial No. 750,763.
an entirety a rectangular sheet-metal cabinet of a size to house the ironing board and its supporting mechanism and preferably formed on its outer face with a marginal flange or molding 6, whereby the cabinet is adapted to be neatly fitted into a suitable.
wall opening. On the inner sides of the longitudinal side walls of the cabinet, near their lower ends, are mounted slideways each conveniently formed by a pair of parallel spaced angle strips 7. Slidably mounted in these ways is a sheet-metal apron 8, the vertical edges of the latter being engaged with the ways formed by the angle strips 7. At the top of the vertical slideways are stops 9 (Fig. 2) which limit the upward sliding movement of the apron 8, and prevent the inn er end or heel of the ironing board from tipping upwardly under the pressure of the work thereon. Across the upper edge of the apron 8 is an angle strip 10 which prorides an outwardly projecting horizontal flange which the part 12 on the ironin board is arranged to overlie when the boar is extended in its operative position. The flange serves to stiffen the apron in an obvious manner. To the upper edge of the apron B is flexibly secured, as by hinges 11, the part 12 which is in the form of a sheetnu-tal heel plate preferably formed with a rounded substantially semi-circular upper or outer edge, as shown.
Pivoted to the underside of the heel plate 12 by a vertical pivot bolt 13 is the inner or lower end of the ironing board 14. Hinged to the under side of the ironing board by horizontal pivot pins 15 are a pair of downwardly convergent metal brace rods 16. together forming a supporting strut for the board. The lower ends of these brace rods are supported on the bottom wall of the cabinet and they are hinged by a horizontal pivot pin 17 to an eye bolt 18 that itself is vertically pivoted in the bottom wall of the cabinet so as to be capable of turning in a horizontal plane.
"he ironing board 14: is additionally attached to the heel plate 12 by means of a clamp screw 19 in the ironing board extending upwardly through an arcuate slot 20 in the heel plate 12. \Vhen the board is lowered to Working position, as shown in Fig. 2 and by dotted lines in Fig. 3, the pin 19 and slot 20 permit the board 14 to be swung angularly in a horizontal plane to Cal an extent limited by the slot 20 and secured in any set position b tightening up the clamp screw 19. The heel plate 12 is preferably provided on its upper side with a pair of oblique ribs 21 which serve to stiffen the heel late and also form convenient rests for the at-iron when not in use.
The cabinet is designed to be equipped with the usual door (not shown) which may be hinged at the points indicated at 22 in Fig. 1, and it will be observed by reference to Figs. 1 and 3 that the apron 8, in the folded )ositio-n of the board, is sufliciently above t e bottom wall of the cabinet to permit the latter to be used as a shelf for the fiat-irons when not in use.
Figs. 1 and 3 show the board in idle position within the cabinet and completely encased and concealed by the latter whenthe door of the cabinet is closed. To bring the board into working position it is necessary only to open the door and draw the upper end of the board outwardly and downwardly. During this operation, the board swings outwardly on the upper ends of the braces 16 as moving fulcrums. The lower end of the board at the same time swings upwardly, the sliding apron 8 rises in its ides until the up er ends of its vertical e ges are arrestedl; the stops 9 and the heel plate 12 rises and simultaneously folds downwardly to the horizontal position shown in Fig. 2 and by dotted lines in Fig. 3. The brace rods 16 swing outwardly on the pivot 17. By making the board supporting and guiding parts of metal of suflicient weight and strength, the board is adequately supported in working position by the braces or struts 16 and the stops 9, without requiring the usual hinged leg on the under side of the free or outer end of the ironing board. When the board is to be replaced within the cabinet, this is done by simply elevating and pushing inwardly the upper end of the board, wherebg' the latter swings on the upper ends of t e braces 16 and the latter at t e same time swing inwardly with the board to the position shown in full lines in Figs. 1 and 3, wholly within the cabinet.
I am aware that cabinet ironing boards fixedly hinged at their inner ends to the cab inet and adapted to be swung outwardly of the latter are broadl old and known; and also that the use oi a hinged support to which the lower end of the ironing board is ivoted so as to permitthe latter to be ad usted angularly in a horizontal plane, when lowered, is also known. So far as I am aware, however, a construction such as I have herein disclosed wherein the lower end of the ironing board, or a heel plate attached to the latter to afford angular ad justment of the ironing board, is hinged to a vertically slidable support or. apron within the cabinet, is new; and this feature,
when combined with a pivoted brace or strut for the ironing board capable of swinging inwardly and outwardly of the cabinet and also laterally of the latter, presents practical advantages 1n respects of simplicity, strength and flexibility not possessed by known devices of this character.
While I have herein shown and described one practical embodiment of the principle of the invention it is manifest that the specific details of structure and arrangement may be considerably varied without departing from the principle of the invention or sacrificing any of the advantages thereof. Hence, I
do not limit the invention to the exact construction shown, but reserve such variations and modifications as fall within the spirit purview of the appended claims.
I claim 1.. In a foldable ironing board of the type described, the combination of a cabinet having slidewa s therein, stops at the u per ends-of sai slideways, a vertically slising member mounted in said slideways, an ironing board flexibl connected to said member to swing inwar ly and outwardly of said cabinet and pivoted to swing on a vertical axis relative to said member when in extended position, and a strut pivoted at its upper end to the under side of said ironing board and at its lower end having a universal pivot connection to the bottom wall of said cabinet.
2. In a foldable ironing board of the type described, the combination of a cabinet having slideways on the inner side walls thereof, stops at the upper ends of said slideways, an apron mounted in said slidewa s, a heel plate hinged to said apron, an ironing board.
pivoted to said heel late upon a vertical axis, and a strut on the under side of said ironing board.
3. In a foldable ironing board of the type described, the combination of a cabinet having slideways on the inner side walls thereof, stops at the upper ends of said slideways, an apron mounted in said slideways, a heel plate hinged to the upper en of said apron, an ironing board pivoted to saiu heel plate upon a vertical axis, and a strut pivoted at its upper end to the under side of said ironing board and at its lower end of the bottom wall of said cabinet.
4. In a foldable ironing board of the type described, the combination of a cabinet having slideways on the inner opposed side walls thereof, stops at the upper ends of said slideways, an apron mounted in said slideways, a heel plate hinged to said apron and formed with an arcuate slot in the outer portion thereof, an ironing board pivoted to the inner portion of sai heel plate and equip ed with a clamp screw en aged with said slot and a strut on the uniir side of said ironing board.
5. In a foldable ironing board of the type described, the combination of a cabinet havwa s, an apron mounted at its sides in said ing slideways on the inner side walls theresli eways, a heel plate having its inner end of, stops at the upper end of said slideways, hinged to the top of said apron and formed an apron slidable in said slideways, a heel with an arcuate slot in t e outer portion 5 plate hinged to the upper end of said apron, thereof, an ironing board ivoted to the inan ironing board pivoted to said heel plate ner portion of the heel p ate with relation for angular adjustment edgewise relative to to which pivot the slot is concentric, a clamp the latter, means on said heel plate and ironscrew extending through the slot of the heel ing board for securing the latter in adjusted plate and carried by'the board to secure the 10 position angular-1y, and a strut on the under ard in adjusted angular relation relative side of said board for supporting the same. to the plate, and a brace pivoted to the under 6. In a foldable ironing board of the type side of the board and connected to the bottom described, the combination of a cabinet havof the cabinet for vertical pivoting and horing slideways on the inner opposed side walls izontal swinging movement.
15 thereof, stops at the'upper ends of said slide- I LEVIN FAUST.
described, the combination of a cabinet having slideways on the inner side walls there of, stops at the upper end of said slideways, an apron slidable in said slideways, a heel plate hinged to the upper end of said apron, an ironing board pivoted to said heel plate for angular adjustment edgewise relative to the latter, means on said heel plate and ironing board for securing the latter in adjusted position angularly, and a strut on the under side of said board for supporting the same.
6. In a foldable ironing board of the type described, the combination of a cabinet having slideways on the inner opposed side walls thereof, stops at the'upper ends of said slidewa s, an apron mounted at its sides in said sli eways, a heel plate having its inner end hinged to the top of said a ron and formed 'with an arcuate slot in t e outer portion LEVIN FAUST.
, Certificate of Correction.
Patent No. 1,618,374.
Granted February 22, 1927, to
LEVIN FAUST. It is hereby certifiedthat error appears in the printed specification of the abovenumbered word of pat ent requiring correction as follows: Page 2, line 116, claim 3, for the read to; page 3, 11118 3, claim 5, for the word end read ends; and
that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case in the Patent Office.
signed and sealed this 29th day of March, A. D. 1927.
[sun] M. J. MOURE, Actmg Commissiorwr of Patents.
Certificate If Correction.
Patent No. 1,618,374.
LEVIN FAUST. It is hereby certified that error appears in the printed specification of the abovenumbered atient requiring correction as follows: Page 2, line 116, claim 3, for the word of read to; page 3, line 3, claim 5, for the word end read ends; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case in the Patent Office.
Signed and sealed this 29th day of March, A. D. 1927.
M. J. MOORE,
Actmg C'ommswmr of Patents.
Granted February 22, 1927, to