US 1952665 A
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March 27, 1934. R, FAlLEY 1,952,665
METAL TABLE Filed July 26, 1935 1Q tainer of reduced size.
Patented Mar. 27, 1934 Parser osries 1,952,665 MET L TABLE V Malby R. Failey, Kankakee, 111., assignor to The James H. Watson Company, Bradley, 111., a
corporation of Illinois Application July 26. 1933, Serial No. 682,205
6 Claims; (Cl.'451l7) The invention relates to metal furniture and has reference more particularly to a coffee table suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
The'invention has for its object to provide a metal table which can be easily lifted and moved from place to place, which will comprise few parts having firm association with each other when assembled to make a rigid article, and which can be easily disassembled for shippin in a con- Another object is to provide a metal coffee table in which the supporting surface therefor will be detachable to form a carrying tray, in
which the standard therefor will be reversible, either set of legs being adapted to rest on the floor or to support the tray, and wherein all parts can be economically made from sheet metal.
. With these and various other objects in View,
the invention may consist of certain novel features of construction and operation, as will be more fully described and particularly pointed out in the specification, drawing and claims appended hereto.
In the drawing which illustrates an embodiment of thedevice and wherein like reference characters are used to designate like parts- Figure l is a perspective view of the table comprising the present invention;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary vertical sectional (1 view taken substantially through the center of the tubing forming part of the standard; and.
Figure 3 is a fragmentary top plan view of the supporting legs.
The table comprises four separable parts each having certain features of design for connecting one part with an adjacent part to form a rigid article when assembled. The base of the table is formed by a pair of connected supporting legs 12 having detachable connection with a tubular standard 14 to the upper end of which is fastened a set of supporting legs 16 similar in all respects to the legs 12. Resting on the upper pair of legs is a tray providing the top of the table.
Referring more particularly to the structural features of the supporting legs it will be seen that each set is of similar construction throughout and in order that the specification will not be unnecessarily lengthened only one set will be described. Each of the legs 12 and 16 are stamped 5 from a metal sheet into the arcuate form shown in Figure 2, the legs tapering transversely from the rectangular center sections 18 to the ends 20 which are given a determined curvature to form flexible end supports having the felt pads 22 secured to their convex side by rivets 24. Along the longitudinal edges the metal stampings are turned forming the tapering flanges 26.to make the legs channel shaped in transverse cross section. Each center portion 18 is offset outwardly from the. material of the leg adjacent thereto, as shown in Figures 1 and 2, which in combination with the flanges 26 permits cupping of their center portions to locate one stamping over the other with the legs making right anglesto each other.
It has been found necessary to make the top stamping a bit longer than the stamping located under the same in order to compensate due to the manner of overlapping in assembling the parts.
To unite the legs in the position described openings are provided in each section centrally m of the offset sections 18 and which openings are of equal diameter. A short length of tubing 28 having a spiral groove 30 formed on its periphery is fitted in the aligned openings. The tubing provides an outer shoulder 32 between which and 7 the turned over flange 34 the superimposed stampings are retained. This structure has been found to firmly and securely hold the assembled stampings to the section of tubing 28. To prevent turning of the stampings with respect to the o tubing 28 the flange and the adjacent stamping may be spot welded as at 36. The stampings are also spot welded at several of the corners of the offset sections 18 to fasten the members in overlapped relation.
The connecting means for the supporting legs consist of the tubular standard 14 formed from a rectangular piece of metal bent into the shape of a tube with the ends overlapping and riveted at 38. Each end of the tubing is provided with a 901 spiral groove 40 formed in the periphery thereof for threading engagement with the groove 30 in the tubes 28, respectively. Thus the standard is united with each set of supporting legs in a manner permitting ready detachment of each set from. the standard for storage purposes or in order that the article may be economically shipped under the lowest freight classification. The standard is formed with decorative annular grooves and projections 42 at the respective ends thereof and may be provided with longitudinal flutes, if this is desired, to further add to the pleasing appearance of the table.
The tray 10 is detachable from the supporting legs 16 at all times, merely resting on the felt pads 22, and therefore in addition to providing the top of the present table has utility as a tray for carrying articles from one room to the other with the standard forming the support therefor. The supporting surface of the tray is recessed 11c through the provision of an annular groove 44 formed in the underside of the tray which provides a raised annular ledge 46 on the upper surface thereof. The pads 22 seat within the groove 44 which is contoured to fit with the result that the tray is readily and correctly positioned on the supporting legs. The extreme outer edge 48 is bent under so as to finish the tray and form a smooth outer circumference.
The present invention provides an article of furniture which can be manufactured entirely from cheap metal and in which the design has been simplified to the extent where duplicate sets of supporting legs are utilized. Th s makes the standard for supporting the tray reversible, that is, either set may be turned upward to support the tray or may be turned downward for supporting the table on the floor. Although the parts are separable and can be readily secured together the table when assembled provides a rigid and firm article giving the appearance of rugged construction. It is to be understood that I do not wish to be limited by the exact embodiment of the device shown which is merely by way of illustration and not limitation, as various and other forms of the device will of course be apparent to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the claims.
1. A metal coffee table comprising a set of supporting members forming the base thereof, a standard and a tray, said supporting members including metal stampings of arcuate form, and a tubular member holding the stampings together in overlapped relation.
2. A metal coffee table comprising a set of supporting legs forming the base thereof, said legs tapering to a narrow relatively flexible end, means having securement to said legs and providing a spiral groove on its periphery, a standard threaded to said means by said groove and extending upright from the base, and a tray supported by said standard.
3. A metal cofiee table comprising a set of supporting legs forming the base thereof, said legs tapering to a narrow relatively flexible end, tubular means extending from the legs and having a spiral groove on its periphery, a standard threaded to said tubular means by said groove, a second tubular member threaded to the upper end of the standard, tapering supporting legs extending outwardly from said tubular member, and a tray resting on the ends of said tapering supporting legs.
4. A metal coffee table comprising a set of supporting legs forming the base thereof, said legs tapering to a narrow relatively flexible end, tubular means extending from the legs and having a spiral groove on its periphery, a standard threaded to said tubular means by said groove, a second tubular member threaded to the upper end of the standard, tapering supporting legs extending outwardly from said tubular member, pads secured to the ends of said tapering supporting legs, and a tray resting on said pads.
5. A metal cofiee table comprising a set of supporting legs forming the base thereof, said set including members centrally arched and having medial portions offset for nesting the members in right-angled relation with each other, tubing secured to the set of legs and aiding in holding the members in nested relation, a standard detachably secured to the tubing, a second set of supporting legs secured to the upper end of the standard and identical in construction to the first mentioned set, and a tray detachably supported by said second mentioned set of legs.
6. A metal coffee table, comprising a set of supporting legs, forming the base thereof, said set including members centrally arched and having medial portions oifset for nesting the members in right-angled relation, tubing securedto the offset portions and securing the members in nested relation, said tubing having a spiral groove on its periphery, a standard threaded to said tube by said groove and extending upright from the base, and a tray supported by said standard.
MALBY R. FAILEY.