US 20070062418 A1
An umbrella table with an inlaid turntable is disclosed. The table includes a tabletop having a substantially planar top surface with a circular aperture therein. A disc is rotatably mounted in the circular aperture. The disc has a substantially planar upper surface and a central opening therethrough. The top surface of the tabletop and the upper surface of the disc are substantially coplanar, and the central opening is capable of receiving a cylindrical shaft such as the shaft of an umbrella.
21. An umbrella table comprising:
(a) a tabletop comprising at least one fixed portion, at least one recess, at least one rotating portion disposed in the recess, and at least one unobstructed first opening; and
(b) a table support positioned below and supporting the tabletop;
(c) wherein the fixed portion has a substantially planar top surface and the rotating portion has an upper surface that is substantially coplanar with the top surface
(d) wherein a friction-reducing element is positioned proximate to the rotating portion and at least partially supports the rotating portion in the recess; and
(f) wherein the first opening is operable to receive an umbrella pole therethrough.
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28. An umbrella table for use with an umbrella having an umbrella pole, the table comprising:
(a) a top portion including a substantially planar top surface and a recess therein;
(b) an outer support on the top portion, the outer support being substantially concentric with and proximate to the recess;
(c) a turntable having a substantially planar upper surface and an unobstructed first opening extending therethrough; and
(d) a turntable support on the outer support;
(e) wherein the turntable is at least partially rotatably and vertically supported by the turntable support such that the top surface and upper surface are substantially coplanar and the turntable is substantially free to rotate within the recess when the umbrella pole is received in the first opening.
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This application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 10/641,873, filed Aug. 15, 2003, which is hereby incorporated by reference.
The invention relates to tables, and more particularly relates to an umbrella table having an inlaid turntable or “Lazy Susan” that is substantially flush with a stationary top surface of the table and includes an umbrella-receiving bore therethrough.
Umbrella tables are a common type of outdoor furniture. Umbrella tables typically include a stationary tabletop having a central opening for receiving a shaft or pole of an umbrella. The umbrella pole extends through the central opening in the tabletop such that the hood portion of the umbrella substantially shields the underlying tabletop and some or all of its occupants from sun and weather. An umbrella base typically is positioned below the central opening in the tabletop to receive and support the lower end of the umbrella pole. The portions of the tabletop that surround the umbrella pole are available for supporting various articles such as dishes and flatware for dining. Because umbrella tables are used outdoors, umbrella tables are typically constructed of weather resistant materials such as metal and glass. In recent years, decorative cast aluminum umbrella tables increasingly have become popular.
Indoor “self-waiting” tables are also known. Such self-waiting tables are typically constructed of wood, and include integral turntables or “Lazy Susans” mounted at or near their centers. One such self-waiting table is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 958,672. The integrally-mounted turntable permits items of food or the like to be placed on the turntable and moved from one location on the table to another as desired for convenient and easy access to persons positioned around the table. While such tables can be useful, such tables are not suited for extensive outdoor use, and do not provide a means for supporting an umbrella for shielding an underlying table and its occupants from sun and weather.
Others have attempted to provide a turntable for use with an umbrella table by providing a separate turntable that sits atop a tabletop and includes a central bore for passing a shaft of an umbrella therethrough. Such turntables can be positioned directly over a central opening in an umbrella table such that an umbrella pole can be inserted through both the turntable and the aligned opening in the tabletop. One such turntable is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,463,946. Others have provided rotatable trays that mount on and around a portion of an umbrella pole that extends above a tabletop of an umbrella table. One such rotatable tray is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,848,712. Unfortunately, such turntables and rotating shelves or trays can interfere with the use of the stationary top surface of an umbrella table. In particular, such turntables and shelves decrease the amount of useful stationary surface area on an umbrella table. In addition, because such turntables and shelves protrude above the upper surfaces of their underlying tabletops, these items can actually interfere with passing items directly between persons seated on opposite sides of an umbrella table when such persons do not desire to use a turntable or rotating shelf to pass such items. Furthermore, such after-market turntables and rotating shelves can detract from the ornamental appearance of an umbrella table.
Therefore, there is a need for an umbrella table and turntable in which the turntable does not detract from the useful surface area of the table. In addition, there is a need for a turntable that is visually compatible with the ornamental appearance of an ornamented umbrella table. Further, there is a need for a turntable and umbrella table wherein the turntable does not protrude above the top surface of the table, and therefore does not provide an obstacle between opposite sides of the table.
The invention includes a table including a tabletop having a substantially planar top surface with a circular aperture therein. The table also includes a disc that is rotatably mounted in the circular aperture. The disc includes a substantially planar upper surface and a central opening therethrough. The top surface of the tabletop and the upper surface of the disc are substantially coplanar, and the central opening is capable of receiving a cylindrical shaft such as an umbrella pole.
The invention also includes an umbrella table with a tabletop having a substantially planar top surface. The umbrella table also includes a turntable having a substantially planar upper surface and a central bore therethrough. The upper surface of the turntable is substantially flush with the top surface of the tabletop. The central bore is sized and configured to receive an umbrella pole, and the turntable is substantially free to rotate when the umbrella pole is received in the central bore.
The invention further includes an umbrella table with a tabletop having a first surface portion, a second surface portion that is substantially coplanar with the first surface portion, and an umbrella-receiving opening. The umbrella table further includes means for rotating the second surface portion relative to the first surface portion.
These and other aspects of the invention will be evident from a reading of the following descriptions of embodiments of the invention together with the drawings.
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Preferably, the turntable 30 and tabletop 12 have matching or complementary ornamental appearances. If desired, it is possible to provide a turntable 30 and tabletop 12 with patterns and or textures that make it difficult to detect any separation between the two components. Preferably, a table according to the invention is substantially constructed of one or more materials that are resistant to degradation caused by sun, rain, moisture, heat, cold, or other weather conditions. For example, it is desirable to construct the major components of a table according to the invention of aluminum, and in particular, of cast aluminum. Alternatively, such a table may be constructed from cast iron, a polymeric material, or any other suitable material or materials.
The above description of embodiments of the invention are for the purpose of describing various aspects of the invention, are not intended to limit the scope of the invention thereto. Persons of ordinary skill in the art will understand that certain modifications may be made to the described embodiments without departing from the invention. All such modifications are within the scope of the appended claims.