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Publication numberUS1655884 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 10, 1928
Filing dateOct 25, 1926
Priority dateOct 25, 1926
Publication numberUS 1655884 A, US 1655884A, US-A-1655884, US1655884 A, US1655884A
InventorsWood Teresa M
Original AssigneeWood Teresa M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined folding cupboard and transporting chest
US 1655884 A
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Jan. l0, 1928.


T. M. WOOD COMBINED FOLDING GUPBOARD AND rIfi'kIISlOR'lllNGr CHES'l Filed Oct. 725 1926l 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 ATTORN EY dll lili

lletented den. l0, 1.9125.



Applieuton filed. October' Q5, 192th Serial No. 144,049.

rlhe ohject ot this invention is to provide im article et 4l'iu'niture which is r'lesigned und Constructed to peri'orni the duel 'tnnotionot :ilriichenette euphfmrd und u tiinisportiingi` chest. i

y invention is ot psnfticulur utility to that eines ot people, mostly single, who live in smell or single upurlinents or rooms, und

who provide themselves with meals on u.

small scalej und `whose needs involve some torni ot' ehesttor peeking linen und cooking; utensils und siilpplies 'while moving. Thus, my invention is purtieulurly addressed to transients who frequently inove from place to plnee.

llhe device ot my inventiini provides what .ll 1(vill term. r.. cupboard in which cooking supplies und utensils nuiy he disposed in. the uninner to `'he leiter described, the device ui ilfoi'ilingn. Work hoard und :i suhjzieenteonluiner or ehest 'for [he less frequently enr ployed articles such es linein New itI is e. lfeuture oit' my invention to eniliody these elements in u folding' structure that designed `to hedisposed in in upright. position when employed us e cupboard7 and which adapted to he folded in sueh u inunner, und hy reosiin otits novel construetion. so us to 'torni ai` transporting chest in which the contents muy he shipped :1s in ir trunk. i

lt is it 'feature ol' my invention to employ 'toldiing` sections ot the same helght and width so that Vwhen the sections ere folded logetlier7 they will 'torni n, trznisportlng` chest inwhich `all the outside wells will he flush, irrespeiftive o't `the depth ot thefsec tions. i

llt is u turther feature oif my .invention to provide the sections with closures udupted to perform vurious independent und interdependent Alunoeions in the dilterent positions to whieh they muy he adjusted.

illy invention hns nuiny other i'iezitures sind .olijeets which will he more ttully de scribed in connection with the :iceou'ipzmyini;- dinwings und which Will he more portiere.

lurly pointed out in und hy the uppendee claims.

,ln the druwings: i llie. l, is zi Aliront elevation ot the euphoau'd structure in unuprigrht position und with the closures in :i closed position.

Figi'. Q, is e iront elevation thereol with the closures in en open zuljustnient.

Fig. u vertical seetionul vieu' on line 3-3 ot Fig. 2. T 141g'. fl, 1s .u viewin side elevation with tiievelosures 1n an opened udpistment. L* ig. o? is u. reur l'rugrmentnry View looking-5 in the direction ot the :n'row in Figi. $3.

i lng. o, is :L horizontal sectionul view on ,luie o--6 uit Fig. 3. y

Jig. i", is :i View in side elevution shmvinp;

how the sections :1re iolded` to :torni e. chest.

li 8, .is a trugmentory view loohiiigi in the direction oiizthe arrow ot ltig. 7 showing the sections locked together.

liilre eher-.telers ot reference desigrnute similar parts tiirouefhout the different lig'- ures oil'. the drawings.

muy he provided und it indy he stated that the chest section is especially Iadopted for linens und meyiulso `he used tor dishes, when` the device is in e cupboard service edjusb ment. llhen the device is 'folded into a transporting Chest, ot course, the chestseetion muy he used 'for anything; thut it is desired to peek therein. ltr provide the chest section', which is `ulivziys the snlijiuent section7 in `this 'forni ot the invention, with means :torelosing1 the open. ilront finie. As shown, sueh ineens hikes the torni ot doorlilie closures Qinid l0, which ere prein'uhly jointly eoeiitensive with the open trent 'hice so that when they zne closed, they will conceel the lront edge portions oit the Wells l, 9 3, 5 und (f3, thereby simulating` :ieuhinet ,torni oit furniture ruilt. Il "have shown the closures 9` und l() hinged to the side Wells 2 und 3'. hy hinges 1l Iund l2. Means, such es hook ond stud deviee, 13 and 14, respecti'vely,is employed to loclr the closures 9 and 10, in e elosed position7` which meines is disposed on the outside 'faces oit seid closures.

\ have provided seid closures with means on llU whicli'is superimposedv upon the chest section. 1

The cupboard section is provided with a *back wall 15, side walls 16 and 17, a top lWall 18 and a bottom wall-'19. Thus, it will be seen that the cupboard section has f closed rear and side faces and an open front face 20, the same as the subjacent chest section.

-At this point vI Wish to emphasize an important feature which consists in providing these two sections of uniform size whereby theymay be folded," as will hereinafter be described, and form a transporting chest wherein all the outside walls will be flush.

I foldingly connect the sections by hinges 21which are so disposed near the forward edges of walls 5 and 19that the sections maybe folded, as shown in Fig. 7, sothat the open front faces will be in abutting relation. In order to preventV relative movevment Vbetween the sections when the latter posed. A portion 28, of shelf 25 may be usedl for cooking utensils. However, this shelving maybe Vvaried asv conditions andV trade requirements dictate.

'-Iwill next describe the improved closure means for the cupboard section.

Inthe present construction, I have shown Viipperfand'lower closures 29 and 30, the upper closure 29 beinghinged at 31, to the outer edge of wall 18, and acting as an extension shelf when inthe open position vshown in 3. -A jointed support 32, is

shown pivoted at 33, topwall 17, and at 34, to said closure, to hold the latter in a shelf forming open position, as shown. This support is capableof being-broken at its joint 35,-to Aallow the closure 29 to be closed, as shown in Fig. 1.

The closure 30, is also hinged at 3G, to

swing about a horizontal axis intothe open Yposition shown in Fig. 3,- or into the closed yposition shown in Fig. 1. VIn the latter position, the two closures are secured by means such asa hook 37 and stud 38, respectively,

to entirely close the cupboard section. When the closure 30, ris in the horizontal Vposition shown'in Fig. 3, lit functions as a Work board, and also formsa flush extension with the top face ofy Wall 19 whereby'the usual mixiner and'otherV re arator o erations ofV is .Y

the person .doing the cooking, may be earried on.V It'will'also be seen that the space tion of the closures 9 and 10 with the lloor between wall 19 and the bottoni of shelf 25, is ample for the temporary or other storage, of utensils and materials.

I will next describe the novel coael'ion between the work board closure 30, and the, closure or closures 9 and 10.

Obviously, some form of support wnild be necessary and I employ either one or both of closures 9 and 10 in this capacity. It will be noted that these closures are high enough to cover the edge of wall 5, therefore, when closure 3() is let down, it will rest on the top edges of closures S) and lo when the latter are in an open position. Thus, it iill be seen that both the sections are aecessible, as regards their interiors. I provide means .in the forni of simple slide holl; devices on the inner faces of closures 9 and 10, the saine consisting of casinga 39, in which bolts 40 are slidably disposed. Notches lll, in the casings, pei-init of the bolt lugs being shifted therein lo loel; the bolts in upper or lower positions. I provide the lower .tace ot closure 30. with soeltel'z-lilte depression 3, into which the bolts lill may be projected, to hold the closures, or one thereof, in the board supporting relation shown in Figs. 2 and 3. If it should be desired to unbolt one closure. to more, readn ily gain access to the chest, this inay be done, as shown in Fig. 2, and still, the board 3l) will be supported.

In order not to impose too inueh stress on the hinges 11 and 12, I arrange and proportion the closures 9 and 10 so that while their upper edges are coacting with closure 30 to support the latter, the lower edges 5) and 10 coact with the floor so that no strain will be imposed on the hinges. This coacperforms another function in that they serve to stabilize the structure when the latter is in the service position sho-wn in Fig. 3. Thus, I do not suli'er any (lismlvantage in making the two sections of the saine size, as regards over-balancing, due to various inipositions of stress on the work board. When the structure is in the non-service adjustment shown in Fig. 1, then, there would be no occasion for the saine to tip or overhalalice.

Should the occupant of the. aparlincnt desire to niove. say to another apartment, (he contents, together with any other contents, could be packed in both Isections and the re speetive closures closed and ilaslened, as shown in Fig. l. Then, lhe sections would be folded to forni a transporting chest, as shown in Fig. 7, and locked, as shown in llig. 8, with any suitable fastening as indicated at 13, L14 and 45. Y

It will now he clear that as the various closures have previously been closed and fastened, the contents cannot 'escape or becoine misplaced, during the operation of loldingl` the sections. lt will also be clear, that zitter the sections have been locked into :l folded adjustment, with the closures of the two sections in abutting relation, the contents olf the two sections :ire not only separhted but eurreptitiom; nc'cees thereto would be doubly diiiicult.

lllith Suitable handles 4G, on the Sides of one ot the sections, .it will loe clear that the Folded Section5 will pees the iequireineiits of i trunk und cnn be handled :is readily as the lutter.

lt ie believed that the device of iny invention wi ll he fully understood from the iloregoingl description and While l hin/,e herein shown und described one specilic foi-1n ol" .my im'ention7 lf do not wieh to be lhnited thereto except for euch limitations ne the clhiine nmy nipztrt.


l. ln :t combined folding` cupboard and trzaneporting chest, cupboard and chest Sectiom oi' uni'lforin height and Width having open 'front ucesl; and the former being euperiniponed, on und hinged to 'the latter whereby enid sectioneI may be folded With their open feces abutting to orin u chest, it closure ior seid cupboard section hinged to sewing downwardly about i horizontal mais to forni a work board when open, a closure for seid cheSt Section hinged to Swing about n. vin-tical zlxis'end having its lower 'edge coacting` with Jthe Hoor when open to stabilize the structure and having its upper edge coacting with said board to Support the hitter in :t work ndjustnient.

ln e combined folding cupboard and tifznieporting chest7 cupboard and chest sections having open liront 'feces and the lforiner l eing enpeiiniposed on und hinged to the hitter whereby said Sectione may be folded with their open lince/,e abutting to forni a cheet, :t closure for sind cupboard Section hii'iged to ewing downwardly troni ii closure :u'iliuetlnent about :i horizontal axis to forni :1' n' il; boord when open, closures for .Seid cheet eet-tion hinged to swing about vertical :i lo cenet with the lloor und said work b l closure, ineens on the ineide o sind clieet closuresl 'for locking` the latter to said Werl; hoard closure to supportthe letter in `e work board poeition, andino-ans on the out-

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U.S. Classification190/9, 190/12.00R, 312/258, 312/316, 190/10
International ClassificationA47B77/04
Cooperative ClassificationA47B77/04
European ClassificationA47B77/04