US 20060032416 A1
The table protector device has a support member (11) with a plurality of openings (14 a , 14 b , 14 c , 14 d) defined therein. The support member has an undersurface (18) that has a plurality of holes (20 a , 20 b , 20 c , 20 d) defined therein. The holes receive ball-holder units (24 a , 24 b , 24 c , 24 d) therein. The ball-holder units hold balls (32 a , 32 b , 32 c , 32 d) therein. The balls extend beyond the undersurface so that a gap (34) is formed between the undersurface and a table surface (13) when the support member rests on the table surface (13). The balls are rollable in any direction.
1. A table protector device, comprising:
a support member having a plurality of openings defined therein, the support member having an undersurface;
the undersurface having a plurality of holes defined therein; and
the holes receiving ball-holder units therein, ball-holder units holding balls therein, the balls being rollable in any direction and extending beyond the undersurface so that a gap is formed between the undersurface and a table surface when the support member rests on the table surface.
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This application is a U.S. utility patent application claiming priority from U.S. provisional patent application 60/601,037, filed 12 Aug. 2004.
The present invention relates to a table protector that is movable on balls.
When hot food is prepared in, for example, a hot pot, the food must either be transferred to another pot or the hot pot is put directly on the table before the hot food can be served. To protect the table from the heat of the hot pot, a table protector is put underneath the hot pot. One problem with using hot pots is that they are heavy to lift and awkward to move on the table. Also, since the hot pots are hot the user may easily get burned from the hot pots. To move the hot pot from one place to another, the user must first lift the hot pot and then transfer the table protector to the new place on the table. This is particularly difficult to do for small children and adults with a physical handicap or weak strength. If the user tries to slide both the hot pot and the table protector on the table, the hot pot may fall off the table protector since the table protector is difficult to slide. Also, the table protector may cause scratches on the table surface, particularly if the hot pot is heavy so there is increased friction between the table protector and the table surface.
There is a need for an effective table protector that is movable on a table surface without requiring lifting and causing scratching.
The table protector of the present invention provides a solution to the above-outlined problems. More particularly, the table protector device of the present invention has a support member with a plurality of openings defined therein. The support member has an undersurface that has a plurality of holes defined therein. The holes receive ball-holder units therein. The ball-holder units hold balls therein. The balls extend beyond the undersurface so that a gap is formed between the undersurface and a table surface when the support member rests on the table surface. The balls are rollable in any direction.
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While the present invention has been described in accordance with preferred compositions and embodiments, it is to be understood that certain substitutions and alterations may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the following claims.