US 2244861 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 10, 1941.
S. R. WALKER, SR
SERVING TABLE Filed Nov. 18, 1940 INVENTOR. SAMUEL B MLmze Se,
Patented June 10, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE snnvmc TABLE Samuel R. Walker, Sr., Houston, Tex. Application November is; 1940, Serial No. 366,074
This invention relates to a serving table.
An object of the invention is to provide a table of the character described which may be readily attached to and detached from the steering wheel of an automobile in such manner as to be conveniently used for the serving of foods or drinks as well as other similar purposes such as making notes, records and the like.
It is another object of the invention to provide a table of the character described having means thereon for engaging the circular grip of the steering wheel with a retractable brace adapted to form a support for the table and to also engage with the steering column to firmly support the table.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a table of the character described made of only two parts which may be folded together when the table is not in use so that it can be conveniently stored.
With the above and other objects in view the invention has particular relation to certain novel features oi. construction, arrangement of parts and use, an example of which is given in this specification and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 shows an end View of the table mounted on the steering wheel.
Figure 2 shows a plan view thereof.
Figure 3 shows an edge view showing the sup porting brace in active position, and
Figure 4 shows an edge view showing the supporting brace in retracted or inactive position.
In the drawing the numeral l designates the table proper which is oblong and preferably substantially rectangular with the outer corners rounded of! as shown in Figure 2. The inner margin of the table has the J-slots 3, 3 whose inner ends are inwardly turned toward each other providing the notches 4, 4. The slots 3 are spaced apart a suflicient distance so that when the table is positioned behind the steering wheel 5 and moved forwardly the grip of the steering wheel will be received by said slots and the table may then be moved downwardly causing the grip to seat in the notches 4 as shown in Figure 2 so that the table cannot be moved horizontally in either direction.
Underneath the table and pivoted thereto adjacent its forward margin there is a brace 6. This brace is pivoted to the table intermediate the ends oi. the brace so that when the brace is swung around at right angles to the table as shown in Figure 2 the rear end of the brace will extend transversely underneath the table and form a support therefor. The forward end of the brace has an arcuate notch 1 to receive the steering column 8, as shown in Figure 1, and the brace thus forms a very substantial support for the table. The notches 4 and I may, if desired, be lined with felt so that the finish on the steering wheel grip and column will not be defaced.
The table may be readily detached from the steering wheel by elevating the table until the slots 3 are in alignment with the grip of the steering wheel and by then moving the table rearwardly. The brace B may then be swung around on its pivot into position underneath the table as shown in Figure 4.
The table may be formed of thin metal or wood or composition material as desired and the brace 6 may be similarly constructed of any suitable strong material adapted for the purpose The drawing and description are illustrative merely and are not intended to restrict the scope of the invention except as the same is defined by the appended claims.
What I claim is:
1. A serving table formed of thin material and having spaced slots at one margin whose inner ends are inwardly turned forming notches to receive a steering wheel and a brace secured to the table underneath and adapted to extend forwardly at right angles thereto to rest against a steering column.
2. A serving table formed of thin material and having spaced slots at one margin whose inner ends are inwardly turned forming notches to receive a vehicle steering wheel and a brace secured to the table underneath and adapted to extend forwardly at right angles thereto, the forward end of the brace being formed with a notch to receive the vehicle steering column.
3. A serving table formed of thin material and having spaced slots at one margin whose inner ends are inwardly turned forming notches in which a vehicle steering wheel is engageable and a brace secured to the table underneath and adapted to extend forwardly at right angles thereto to engage the vehicle steering column, the forward end of the brace being formed with a notch to receive said column and the other end of the brace being of suflicient length to extend underneath and to support the table.
4. A serving table formed of relatively thin material and whose forward margin is formed with spaced slots whose inner ends terminate in inwardly turned notches in which a vehicle with the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, a
brace attached to the table and extending forwardly and adapted to engage the steering col- 7 umn of said vehicle to maintain said means in 5 engagement with the wheel.
SAMUEL R. WALKER, SR.