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Publication numberUS1800186 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 7, 1931
Filing dateNov 3, 1927
Priority dateNov 3, 1927
Publication numberUS 1800186 A, US 1800186A, US-A-1800186, US1800186 A, US1800186A
InventorsHarry P Shriver
Original AssigneeKennedy Mfg Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cantilever kit
US 1800186 A
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April 1931- H. PJSHRIVER 1,800,186

CANTILEVER KIT Filed Nov. 3, 1927 2 Sheets-Sheet F1 9- E INVENTOR ATTOR EY6 April 1931- H. P. SHRIVER 1,800,186

CANTILEVER KIT Filed Nov. 3, 1927 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 ATToRm gs Patented Apr. 7, 1931 UNITED STATES HARRY If. SHRIVER, F VAN wear, oHro,

ASSIGNOR TO KENNEDY MANUFACTURING COMPANY, or van wERT, orrro, A CORPORATION or mnmrm CANTILEVIER KIT Application filed .N'ovember This invention relates to kits and more par ticularlyto sheet metal kits of the cantilever type.

support said tray or trays in cantilever fashion.

A further object of my invention is to provide a sheet metal kit carrying a tray, said kit being arranged to move said tray into outwardly extending position upon the opening of the cover, and vice versa.

Another object of this invention is to provide a kit carrying one or more trays arranged to be supported in cantilever fashion, said kit having a box and cover each of uniform vertical dimension.

..A further objectof the invention is to provide a sheet metal kit of the cantilever type, said kit havinga relatively low center of gravity when said kit is open and the trays carried thereby are in extended position. i i i Another object of the invention is to provide linkage of advantageous characteristics for a sheet metal kit of the cantilever type.

A further objectof my invention is to. provide a sheetmetal kitof the cantilever type having economical and advantageous features ofconstruction. y

Another object of this invention is to provide for a kit of the cantilever type means whereby posi tive support maybe provided for the trayor trays of said kit when the cover is open and said trays are beingsupported in cantilever fashion.

"A further objectflof this invention is to provided a cantilever kit having apair of superposable trays, the upper of, said, trays being movable independently of the lower tray to a predetermined positiorrwhereby ac cess may be had to either of said trays.

Other objects of my invention will beap parent to those skilled in the art from the following description and annexed drawings.

3, 1927. Serial No. 230,721.

My invention contemplates an improved sheet metal kit of the cantilever type, and in one embodiment contemplates an improved kit for carrying fishing tackle and the like. my present invention I have provided a kit including a box and cover each of substantially uniform vertical dimension, whereby simplicity of construction and economy of manufacture may be. obtained. The kit C211" ries one or more trays which, when the kit is closed, are disposed in superposed position within the kit and spaced from the bottom of the box, whereby storage space may be had within the box below said trays. The trays are connected to each other and to the box and cover by links, whereby when the cover is opened the trays are moved to a posia tion over the rear wall of the box, exposing the contents of the upper tray and of the box, the upper tray being independently moved to outwardly extended position to expose the contents of the lower tray. When the lower tray is in outwardly extended position both trays receive a positive support from the surface upon which thekit is supported through the cover and associated links. The lower tray is connected to the box by. an advantageous curved link construction whereby the lower tray when in outwardly extended position assumes a position in a relatively low vertical plane adjacent the top rear edge ot the box. In this manner the kit as a whole may have a relatively low center of gravity when the kit is open and the trays are in outwardly extending position.

One of the trays and the cover are connected by extensible links, by which term I refer broadly to any link wherein the dis tance between the pivotal connections thereof varies during the operation thereof. I prefer to employ compound links for the connection between the trays and cover due to the smoothness of operation to be obtained thereby. By a compound link I refer to a link comprising a plurality of link elements. y i

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a kit embodying my invention, the cover being open and both trays in extended position.

Fig. 2 is an end elevation of the kit shown in Fig. 1, showing the cover open, the lower trayrin outwardly extending position, and the upper tray still in superposed position upon the lower tray.

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary front elevationJo-f the kit, portions of the front walls'of" the cover and box being broken away to show the interior of the kit. I

Fig. 4 is a horizontal section on line 4-4 of Fig. 5.

Fig. 5 is a vertical section on line 5-5 of Fig. 3'.

6 is an end elevation of the; kit, the cover being shown in partly open position.

The kit shown in the drawings comprises a box 1 and cover 2 and trays 3 and 4. The

box 1 has the bottom 5', front and rear walls- 6 and 7 and end'walls 8. The cover 2 which is secured to the box 1 by hinges 9 is provided with the front and rear walls 10 and 11, end

walls 12 and top 13. The walls 6, 7, and 8 of the box 1 are shown as of uniform vertical dimension, and the walls 10, 11 and 12 of Y the cover 2 are likewise of uniform vertical dimension whereby to provide s mplicity of appearance and construction and economy of manufacture. The box land the cover 2 together form a structure of rectangular section vertically and horizontally. A partition may be disposed in the box to pro vide a plurality of compartments therein.

7 The upper portions of the box. walls 6', '7

and 8 may preferably be inset to form the peripheral inwardly portion 14 adjacent to and including the upper edge of the box 1 whereby the outer surface of the cover may be caused to meet flush with the outer surface of the box 1. Fastening means 15 and 16 may be provided to secure the cover (and box 1 in closed relation. The cover 2 is provided with a suitable handle 17 which, when thecoveris opened, is adapted tor-est upon the surface on which the box 1 may-be disposed 1 Vyfithin thebox 1 and secured to the ends thereof are shown the brackets 18 which maybe secured to the end walls 8 by suitable fastening means such as rivets 19. The

' brackets 18 have the portions 21 spaced from proved brackets there is much less likelihood 3 of the end walls becoming warped or nus as provided with partitions 23,. 24 and 25 to provide compartments of desired size for the articles to be carried, for example, fishing tackle;

To the rivets A and B at each end of the tray 3 are pivot-ally secured the links 26 and 27 which said links are also pivotally secured respectively to the rivetsD and C on the bracket portions 21. Referring to the structure at one end of the kit, the rivets A, B, Q and D which define the axes of pivotal connection. of the links 28 and 27, form the apices of a parallelogram ABCD whereby the links 28 and 27, as regards their pivotal connections,-reniainin parallel relation to Peflfilhlllb desired operation of the tray 3. The link 27 nearer the rear side. of the box 1 is shown as being concavely curve-d toward the rear of the, box 1 whereby said tray 3 when in outwardly extending position is disposed in a relatively low vertical plane adjacent the top rear edge of the box. It will be obvious that the desired curvature of each 7 link 27 may be obtained by curving the link as a whole as shown in the drawings, or by" curving, or suitably shaping merely the rear side 28'of'each liiik'27.

To the rive-ts 29 at the end of the tray 3 are pivotally secured the extensible compound links 30, each link 30;being pivotally secured at its opposite end to a rivet 31' secured to an end. wall of the cover 2. Ex tensible links are employed between the tray 3 and the cover 2 since the distance between the pivotal connections 29 and 31 varies dlurilng the operation of opening or closing tie it.

ally secured together the'third link element 34. lVhile various forms of extensible links, such as slotted links, may be "employed, I prefer the compound link described because ofits smooth and non-jerky operation.

Each compoundlink 30' is shown as comprlsing link elements 32 and 3-3 pivot- The second or upper tray 4 is shown-as being of substantially' the same length and width as the lower tray 3 The front' wall 35 of the tray 4 is. shown as inclined. rearwardly to permit movement of the cover past the tray in openingor closing the kit, which function will be clearly understood from Figs. 5 and 6. The'tray, 4 may be provided with partitions 36 to provide compartments of desired size" and shape.

Links??? and 38are -shown pivotally secured at their'nds 'to the rivetsB and 29, and 30 same or thetre ss and 4;, respee may, whereby the upper tray 4 n'isyt readily moved independently of the tray 3. The links 38 and 37 are parallel and of equal length. Stops 41 are provided whereby when the upper tray 4 is moved into extended position said tray may be caused to take a predetermined position with respect to the lower tray 3 so that the upper tray 4 need not extend rearwardly and further than desired and so that full and complete access may be had to the lower tray 3. If desired, of course, the upper tray 4 may be arranged to be moved into outwardly extended position simultaneously with the lower tray 3. This may be accomplished by providing a single rigid link between the pivotal connections C, B and 39. The extensible links 30 might then be connected either to the lower tray 3 as shown or to the upper tray 4, and the stops 41 placed in any desired position or omitted.

Upon opening the cover 2, the compound links 30 cooperate with the rivets 29 disposed at each end of the tray 3 as indicated in Fig. 6, to pull the lower tray into the outwardly extending position shown in Fig. 2,

zvhere the lower tray is disposed in outwardly extended position over the rear Wall of the box 1, and the second or upper tray 4 is still superposed on the lower tray 3 as when the kit was closed. Thus where it is 'lesired to have access to the upper tray 4 it. is merely necessary to open the cover 2. \Vhen, however, it is desired to have access to the lower tray 3, the upper tray 4 may be independently moved manually to the posi- 7l0I1 shown in Fig. 1 wherein, due to theposition of the stops 41, the upper tray is dis placed sufficiently far in a vertical direction from the lower tray The use of the stops 41 moreover permits the use of relatively :hort links 37 and 38 to move the upper tray 4 suificiently to make the lower tray 3 readily accessible, thus rendering the kit more compact and decreasing the distance rearwardly which the upper tray 4 extends when in out ".vardly extending position.

When the lower tray 3 is in outwardly extending position, it and the upper tray 4 are rigidly supported from the surface upon which the kit is disposed through the handle l7, cover 2 and links 30, whereby any tendency of the kit to be overbalanced or tipped over is substantially minimized or el1m1- nated. The links 30 thus act as an operative connection between the tray 3 and the cover 3 to provide a positive support for the tray from the surface supporting the kit. If the compound links 30 were connected to the upper tray 4 as hereinabove suggested, the

be through the upper tray 4.

To close the kit from the position shown in Fig. 1, the upper tray 4 may first be disposed manually upon the lower. tray 3 or not, as desired. It the upper tray 4 is not manually superposed upon the lowertray 3,

the cover 2 when raised and moved to closed position cooperates with the upper tray to move, it into positionon thelower tray 3, and then by means of the compound links 30 moves both trays into position within the kit as indicated in Figs. 5 and 6. a

' lVhile I have shown and described a sheet metal kit, itwill be obvious that my invention maybe likewise applied to kits made. of fibre, wood, or other material.

i It will thus be seen that I have provided a kit of the cantilever type of simple and neat appearance and of economical construction.

It will further be noted that I have pro v ded an improved sheetmetal cantilever kit embodying advantageous features of construction whereby the box and cover of the kit may each be of uniform vertical dimension and hencewhich kit, when open with the trays in, outwardly extending position, may have a relatively low center of gravity.

It will further be seen that I have provided a cantilever kitenibodying linkage of llllproved characteristics.

l urthermore, it to be understoodthat the particular forms of apparatus shown and described, and the particular procedure set forth, are presented for purposes of explanaand to the ends of said tray, the rearward links being curved to permit the tray, when the kit is open, to rest over the rear wall of the box relatively closely to the top of the box to obtain a relatively low center of gravity for the structure as a whole, and extensible links secured to the rearward portion of the tray and to the cover whereby the cover may be opened substantially 90 degrees without moving said tray to make the contents of the tray readily accessible, said extensible link connections serving furthermore to provide supports for said tray when the cover is in full open position, to obviate danger of rearward tipping of the tray.

2. In a horizontally divided kit including hinged box and cover portions and a tray capable of being extended over a side wall of said box portion, a pair of ofi'set brackets secured to the inner faces of the end walls of said box portions for positively and normally supporting said tray in spaced relation with respect to the sides and bottom of said box port-ion, links ivoted to said brackets and tray, certain 0 which engage a wall of said box portion to positively support said tray in o'ted to said; tray and cover portion, said links being: so arranged that opening the cover part Way Wil'l 'not disturb said tray to render the contents of saidtray readily accessible, but

A openingthe cov er completely Will move the traywell over there-a1 Wall of said box portion to extended position, said links When said cover is completely opened being extended to positively support said tray on said cover portion.

3. A horizon-tallydivided kit comprising, in combination, hinged box and cover portions, a tray normally supported in spaced relation with respect to the bottom and sides of said box portion and being extendable over .the rear Wall of said box portion bythe opening movement of said cover, a palr of parallel links pivotally secured to saidbox and to each end of said tray, the rearward links of each pair" being arranged when said kit is open to permit the-tray to rest Well over said rear Wall relatively closely to the edge thereof to obtain a relatively low center of gravity for the structure as a Whole, and extensible links p'ivotal ly secured to the cover and to the ends of said tray whereby said cover may be'o'pened substantially 90 degrees Without moving said tray to make the contents of said tray readily accessible, said extensible links serving furthermore to provide additional supports for said tray when said cover is in full open position, thereby obviating danger of rearward tipping of said tray.

v In testimony whereo fl aflix my signature.


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U.S. Classification312/271, 312/902, 312/325, D03/905
International ClassificationB25H3/02
Cooperative ClassificationB25H3/023, Y10S312/902
European ClassificationB25H3/02B2