US 1632939 A
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' 1,632,939 June 21 1927' w. L. WILLIAMS IRONING BOARD CABINET Filed June 2. 1923 Patented June 21, 1927.
Lenexa WALTER L. WILLIAMS, F SOU'THKRICHMOND, VIRGINIA.
Application 'fled .Tune 2,
-rlhe object'of the present invention is t0 provide an ironing board cabinet which shall have two ironing boards vone of which is adaptedntoserve as va door for the cabinet. The combined door and ironing board is attached to the cabinet in such a manner Y that vwhen thevdoorisrused as an ironing board, xthere areino supportsor projecting members outside of -the =.cabinet, thus leaving the ironing boardaclearon all sides'and making it :more usefuland convenient than wouldfbeathe case. if--struts 0r other like supports were fused `in supporting the board. The second lironing `board is so mounted with respectftoztheffirstzthat,it may remain in itheveabinet withot yinterferring in any waywith the inse-:ofthe first. The Inovel features :oftheinventienfresidesf in" the inannerof mountingfthevtwo boards with respect to each other, and in otlierfeatures, as will more fully: appearfrointhey detailed description taken iin connection :with the Vaccompanying `drawing. and .tthe` claims.
'The `various ffeatures .f of 'novelty :and invention Avvill'appear from fthe detailed-description taken in connection with the 'accoinpanying drawing forming `'part yof lthis specification.
Referring 'to the drawiiigs,vFi-g. 1 is a `vertical -section from "frontto `backiof the improvedcabinet and showing the `same `as 4setinto 'a wallsome distance yabove the floor, thercabinetbingclosed;v l
Fig. 2 is Ea vviewsimilar to Fig. 1, but showing both ironing boards as opened ont in position Vfor'- use ;`y Fig '3 is -a 'perspective view o'f 'the imfproved lcabinet showingA the main ironing 'boardin'position for'use, and
Fig. 4"is a perspectiveview of one of the bracketsito 'which'the-'inncr endof the door or main ironingboardisiseciiretl.
Inlthe "drawings, theiimproved ,cabinet is generally indicatedat 12 and is' shown Vas Abeing setk into ya'wall '11a convenient distance above the floor line v10. In Ygeneral outlinefthe cabinet'is of'rectangular form, an'd the bottom and back .thereof can be made of any. suitable material, suclias sheet metal, while the sides 1'3 thereof aiepreferablyimade of wood. n
Thefront of the cabinet has Va wall .15 provided with `a ,cuteoiit corresponding yto theoutlineofithe vironingboard 14. `For `l Vconvenience of descriptionythe vwall 15may 1923. Serial No. 643,040.
hereinafter also be referred to as a closure member for the cabinet and the ironing board 14 as a door. The ironing board 14 and wall 15 are preferably originally vone piece of fboard, the ironing board being sawed .out from the board and the remainder of 'the board then utilized as a wall. This method of making the ironing board and wall very materially reduces the cost of ii'ianufactuie of the cabinet. The' iron ing-board 14 is turnably mounted on an axis defined by a horizontally extending `rod or shaft 16 which is turnably anchored at its ends in any suitable manner to the inside face of the wail 15 some distancey abovethe 'Hoor of the cabinet.
116 intermediate its ends'is anchored to the ironing board 14 by'ineans of a suitable ranchoring device 14. By anchoring the shaft 1G to the ironing board by means of the anclioring device 14 not only `is the shaft I held against axial movement but the ironing board prevented from warping between its longitudinal edges.
1n Figf4, the bracket is shown as having a plate-like body portion 18 from the bottom of which projects a shelf 19 and a step 20 below the shelf and in front thereof.
This bracket is adapted to be slipped over the side of the ironing board, the shelf 19 `overlying the board and the step .20 servingrto support the board, there being an opening 21 in the end of the step through which securing means may be passed for holding the bracket in position `onv the board. The shelf 19 is also provided with openings 19 through which Securing means Vmay be passedginto the ironing board for los not be visible. At the rear of the cabinet 1s a transversely extending block 23, which serves as an abutment against which themncr end oit the ironing board may abut when i the board is disposed in horizontal posit-ion or a position for use, as clearly indicated in Fig 2. Each bracket 17 is also provided with a laterally `bent "Hange or abutmentmember 28 adjacent its upper end. These abutment members are adaptedV to engage the sides of the partial closurel member 15 when the main ironing board is horizontally disposed as shown in Fig. 3, and are intended tosupplement the block 23 at the back ofthe cabinet. However, if desired, the block 23 can be dispensed with, the abutment 2S on the bracket 17 then serving to hold the ironing board in working position.
Associatedwith the ironing board 14 is an auxilliary ironing board having long and short sections, the longer leg 240i which constitutes the ironing board proper, the shorter leg thereof being horizontally connected to the `shaft 16 in any suitable manner, as by strap eyes 26. The length of the leg 25 is such that the leg 24 may be y turned at right angles to the door or `ironing board 14 and be disposed within the cabinet when the ironing board 14 is positioned for use, as will be fully understood by reference to Fig. 3.
l/Vhen the leg or ironing board 24 is swung out of theveabinet under the board 14, as shown in Fig. 2, it is maintained in position by means of the bracket lugs 27 which profect laterally from the body plate 18 of the bracket 17 into the path of movement of the leg 25. By reason of this construction, it will be seen that the smaller ironing board 24 is solidly held when in working position and that. the strain 'on the parts is reduced to a minimum. i
The top of the bracketplate 18 is further bent as at 29 to reenforce the member 28 and also to provide. an anchorage for one ond of the. spring 30, which is also anchored to the bottom of the cabinet near the front thereof. This spring is of sufficient strength to prevent the door or ironing board 14 from opening out after it has been brought to upright position, for closing the cabinet. Vhen the door is disposed in horizontal position, the weight of the same is sufficient to maintain it in that position, and for the further reason that as it is swung to a horizontal position, the spring 30 approaches the shaft 16, thus shortening the ellective lever arm on which the spring acts. Byrmounting the door or ironing board in the manner indicated, plenty room is provided within the cabinet for the provi- V,sion of shelves 31 and the like, for supporting various objects such as sad irons or other household lmplements.
From `the above construction, 1t will be seen that I have provided an ironing cabinet which can be simply manufactured and which consists of very few parts. By hinging the ironing board in the manner indicated not only is a very stable ironing support obtained, but a closure for the front of the cabinet is also obtained. The idea of utilizing the` ironing board as a door or closure for the cabinet is an important feature ot the invention. lVhile I have described the invention with considerable particularity of det-ail, it is to be understood that no unnecessary limitations are intended on the claimed invention.
What I claim is:
1. In an ironing board cabinet, a shaft eX- tending horizontally across the cabinet,V Y V above bottom and adjacent the `front of the cabinet, an ironing board of less width than the width of the cabinet, a pairfof upright brackets one at each side of the ironing board adjacent the rear end thereof, said brackets being mountedon the shaft and supporting the 'ironing board,` the said brackets being spaced from the side walls of the-cabinet, and spring means disposed between the vbrackets and the walls of the cabinet for maintaining the ironing board in upright'position.
2. The combination with a support of a cabinet, of a pair of brackets xed to the support and disposed in transverse horizontal alignment, laterally'directed stops at the forward edges of the brackets, an ironing` board having long and short leg sections pivotally mounted on the support, the stops sections disposed between thebrackets and having its shorter leg hingedly .connected with the shaft, means on lthe `brackets `for limiting the turning movement of the ironing board toward the support, and means also carried by the brackets for limiting the pivotal movement of the` support in one direction.
lel vertically disposed supports and a normally horizontally `disposed support, of a pair of brackets secured to the vertically disposed supports and arranged in horizontal transverse alignment, means for pivotally supporting the normally horizontally disposed support on the brackets, spaced laterally extending` attaching elements formedY on the lower end on eachof the brackets 4. The combination with a pair of paraland adapted to straddle one end of the norlnally horizontally disposed support, fastenings 4for securing the terally extending elements to the normally horizontally disposed support, an inwardly directed vertically eX- tended flange formed on the forward edge of each of the brackets, an ironing board having long and short leg sections, its shorter leg pivoted to the normally horizontally disposed support and capable of being arranged to extend parallel to such support or at right angles thereto, the shorter leg of the ironing board being adapted to abut the flanges when theironing board is in a position parallel to the support, and the support being capable of being arranged in a vertical position where it rests against the flanges.
yIn testimony whereof I alix my signature.
WALTER L. WILLIAMS.