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Publication numberUS1709210 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 16, 1929
Filing dateJul 25, 1927
Priority dateJul 25, 1927
Publication numberUS 1709210 A, US 1709210A, US-A-1709210, US1709210 A, US1709210A
InventorsMilton L Gillespie
Original AssigneeMilton L Gillespie
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Folding-table construction
US 1709210 A
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April 1929- I M. L. GILIJESPIE 1,709,210

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,ATTORNEZ Patented Apr. 16, 1929.



Application filed July 25,

This invention pertains more specifically to a hinge construction for the folding leaves of an extension table.

A chief object of this invention is to provide an extension loaf hinge construction for tables provided with depending aprons around the table top edges which will not materially alter or mutilate the aprons when the leaves are secured thereto.

Another object is to provide a hinge construction that may be readily stamped from sheet metal, that easy of attachment to the leaves and table apron, and that consists of only a single member.

In extension leaf tables that may be converted from one type, such as a library table, into table of another type as a dining table, the leaf hinges have been of a special type in order to avoid the table apron when the leaf is swung to an extended position, such hinges generall 7 having one of the leaves of curved formation adapted to pass below the table apron when drawn to an extended position. With such form of hinges there is no necessity of mutilating the table aprons in any manner, but in inexpensive table constructions such hinges add greatly to the expense of construction and are for that reason objectionable. By means of my ineXpe sive die formed metal hinge the only mutilation of the table apron neces sitated is a narrow vertical slot in the apron which is practically unnoticeable.

The above and other objects are accomplished by means of the hinge construction described in the following specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part thereof, in which;

Fig. 1 is a side view of a table with the extension leaves folded beneath the top.

Fig. 2 is a bottom plan view of the table top showing the leaves in an extended position.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged transverse section through the table top taken on line 33 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 4 is a similar view folded beneath the top.

Fig. 5 is an enlarged detail edge view of the table top showing the manner of attaching the hinges to one of the table aprons.

showing the leaves Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the leaf hinge.

In an embodiment of the present invention, 5 designates a table of the library type, consisting of end supporting legs 6- aprons adj accnt Serial No. 208,071.

secured together at their lower ends by a cross brace 7, and a table top 8 at their upper ends. Secured around the edges of the top 8 are side depending aprons 9 and 10 and end aprons 11.

The hinges 12 for attaching the foldable leaves 13 and 14 to the table are preferably formed of sheet metal die formed and consisting of a fiat arm 15 having a hole 16 at one end and a leaf attaching portion 17 at the opposite end bent at right angles to the arm portion. Two hinges are required for each foldable leaf in a table of normal dimensions, and are aflixed to the leaves and the table ends, the leaf attaching portion 17 of the hinge being secured to the innerface of the leaf at its table top meeting edge, while the arm 15 is swingingly secured y a pivot pin 18 to the end of apron section 20. The end sections 21 of the apron 9 abut againstthe arms 15 of the hinges, thus forming narrow vertical slots 22 in the apron'which will scarcely be visible in an assembled table.

Each leaf is supported when in an extended position by the usual. slides 23, 24 disposed in a guide-way 25 formed on the undersurface of the table top, and secured to this guide-way midway of its ends are spring leaf catches 26 for holding the leaves in their chambered positions. It will be understood that other forms of leaf holders may be substituted for one shown if desired.

In attaching the extension leaves to the table top, the apron sections 20 are first secured to the top, the hinges with the leaves secured thereto are then pivoted to the ends of the said sections, after which the end sections 21 of the aprons are secured in posi tion.

From the above description it will be apparent that I have produced a simple form of hinge for extension table leaves, and as the table apron is slotted to permit of a movement of the hinges when the leaves are swung to an extended or chambered position the hinges need only be formed of a single leaf member. Further, as noted heretofore, as the apron slots are very narrow the same will not disfigure the aprons, nor will the slots present an unsightly appearance.

lVhat I claim is:

1. An extension leaf table construction comprising a table top provided around its edges with depending aprons, one of the side aprons being vertically slotted for the reception of hinges, a single leai": hinge mounted in eaeh'of the slots of said apron and pivoted thereto to swing "from an extended to a closed position, and an extension leaf 5 rigidly secured to the free end of each of said hinge leaves. 2. An extension table embodying a stationary table top,

a depending apron around the edge of the table top, a leaf movable with 10 relation to the table top and having anedge adaptedto register with the table top edge, the apron being provided with vertical hinge slots, and Single leaf hinges, one end of said hinges engaging the apron slots and pivoted to one wall of the slot, and their free ends rigidlysecnred to the underface of the movable leaf.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.


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US4109589 *Jul 7, 1977Aug 29, 1978Winzeler Stamping CompanyEnd leaf table
US4646654 *Aug 1, 1984Mar 3, 1987Navillus, Inc.Hinge clamp mechanism for drop-leaf tables
US5709157 *Mar 12, 1996Jan 20, 1998Tadeusz J. HanusiakSlidable locking mechanism for supporting a drop-leaf table extension
US6032588 *Sep 14, 1998Mar 7, 2000City Of Dublin Capital LimitedConvertible table system
U.S. Classification108/77
International ClassificationA47B3/083, A47B3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B3/083, A47B1/04
European ClassificationA47B3/083, A47B1/04