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Publication numberUS2262216 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 11, 1941
Filing dateJul 10, 1939
Priority dateJul 10, 1939
Publication numberUS 2262216 A, US 2262216A, US-A-2262216, US2262216 A, US2262216A
InventorsEli Vunovich
Original AssigneeEli Vunovich
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Nov; 11, 1941.

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TABLE Filed July 10, 1939 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Nov. 11, 1941 orrics TABLE I Eli Vunovich, Kansas City, Mo. I Application July 10, 1939, Serial No. 283,535 (01. 311-79) Y 4 Claims.

My invention relates to improvements in tables. It relates particularly to a type of table in which a table top is supported by circularly arranged arms carried by a pedestal which is supported by circularly arranged legs.

One object of my invention is to provide a novel structure of the kind described which is provided with a tubular pedestal; and in which the arms and legs are pivotally supported so as to be adapted to be swung from their supporting positions to collapsed longitudinal positions within the pedestal, thus disposing the parts in compact form for storage or transportation.

Another object of my invention is the provision of novel means for pivotally supporting the legs and the arms. I

A further object of my invention is the provision of novel means for holding the legs from swinging from the pedestal supporting positions, should the pedestal be lifted.

Still another object of my invention is the provision of novel means for moving the legs to their collapsed position and for holding them and the arms in the collapsed positions.

Another object of my invention is the provision of a novel structure of the kind described, which is simple, cheap to make, strong, durable, not likely to get out of order, and in which the arms and legs may be easily and quickly adjusted to and from their supporting positions.

The novel features of my invention are hereinafter fully described and claimed.

In the accompanying drawings which illustrate the preferred embodiment of my invention,

Fig. 1 is a side elevation ofa table provided with my improvements, shown with the legs supporting the pedestal, and the arms supporting a table top.

Fig. 2 is a top view of the same, with the table top partly broken away.

Fig. 3 is an under view of the pedestal and portions of the legs, the latter being shown eX- tended.

Fig. 4 is an elevation View, showing the arms and legs in their collapsed positions in the pedestal, with the flexible connecting member holding them in said positions.

Fig. 5 is a longitudinalsectional view of what is shown in Fig. 4.

Fig. 6 is a top view of what is shown in Fig. 4, with the loop of the flexible connecting member released, enlarged.

Fig. '7 is an enlarged section on the Fig. 4.

Fig. 8 is an enlarged side view of the adjustable line 1-7 of collar for holding the legs from downward swinging.

Fig. 9 is an enlarged longitudinal central sectional View, parts being broken away of the pedestal, legs and arms, the legs and arms being shown in their supporting positions.

Fig. 10 is a section on the line Iii-l0 of Fig. 9.

Fig. 11 is a section on the line ll-H of Fig. 9.

Fig. 12 is a reduced side elevation of a modified form of my invention, in which the table top supporting arms are eliminated and the table top mounted directly upon the pedestal.

Similar characters of reference designate similar parts in the diiierent views.

I designates a cylindrical tubular pedestal which is provided adjacent to its upper and lower ends respectively with two bearing means, which, as shown, comprise two diametrical cross bars 2 and 3, each having its ends rigidly fastened to the pedestal wall.

In the pedestal I between the cross bars 2 and 3 are provided two vertically movable pivot means comprising, as shown, an upper horizontal pivot ring 4 and a lower horizontal pivot ring 5.

The upper end of the pedestal l is provided with spaced apart longitudinal slots 6, and its lower end is provided with spaced apart slots 1.

3 designates circularly arranged spaced apart arms pivoted on the upper pivot ring 4 and movable vertically therewith to a collapsed longitudinal position in the pedestal l, shown in Fig. 5. The arms 8 are adapted to swing on the ring 4 to positions in which they will extend outwardly and upwardly through the slots 6 so as to intersect the horizontal plane of the upper end of the pedestal, with their outer ends higher than the upper end of the pedestal and adapted to support a table top 9, as shown in Figs. 1 and 9.

When in the table top supporting positions the arms 3 bear against the upper end of the pedestal l at the lower ends of the slots ii. While in these positions, the arms 8 bear against the under side of the upper cross bar 2.

As shown in Fig. 1, the under side of the table top 9 is provided with an annular flange H), which is disposed in notches l l in the inner sides of the outer end portions of the arms 8, thereby holding the top from lateral shifting, and permitting the revolving of the top 9 on the arms 8 when desired l2 designates legs having their inner end portions pivoted on the lower ring 5 and movable therewith vertically to a collapsed longitudinal position in the pedestal I, as shown in Fig. 5.

The legs l2 are adapted to swing on the pivot ring 5 to positions in which they will extend outwardly and downwardly through the slots I, with their lower ends lower than the lower end of the pedestal I and adapted to rest on a floor I3, as shown in Fig. 1.

When the legs I2 are in said downwardly and outwardly extending positions, as shown in Figs. 1 and 9, they will bear at their outer sides against the lower end of the pedestal at the upper ends of the slots I, and at the same time will bear at their inner sides against the upper side of the lower cross bar 3, and will also have their inner ends abutting against each other, as shown in Figs. 3 and 9, thereby supporting the pedestal I.

Means are provided for holding the legs IZ' from swinging downwardly from their supporting positions, should the pedestal be lifted for any purpose. As shown, such holding means comprises a circular collar I4 rotatable in two directions on the lower end portion of the pedestal I, Figs. 1 and 3 to 9.

The collar I4 is supported by and limited in its rotation by pins I5 extending radially from the pedestal I through slots I6 respectively in the collar. The lower edge of the collar I4 has bayonet form slots I! which extend upwardly and laterally, thus providing at one side of each slot a projection I8. The slots II are arranged to respectively register with the lower slots I in the lower end of the pedestal I, and are adapted to receive therethrough, when in the position shown in Fig. 4, the legs I2.

When the collar I4 is turned to the position through the slots I and I1, and the outer ends of the legs I2 are made to rest on the floor I3, or other support, with the legs bearing against the pedestal I at the upper ends of the slots I1, and bearing against the upper side of the lower cross bar 3. The collar I4 is then turned to the position shown in Figs. 1 and 9, thus disposing the projections I8 immediately under the legs I2 and preventing the downward swinging of the outer ends of the legs, should the pedestal be lifted.

The arms 8 are then lifted and swung onthe upper pivot ring 4 through the slots 8 so as to rest on the pedestal I at the lower ends of the slots 6 and to bear against the under side of .the upper cross bar 2.

' The table top 9 is then placed on the arms 8 with the annular flange I0 disposed in the notches II of the arms 8.

By reversing the operation justdescribed, the arms 8 and legs I2 may be again collapsed and disposed within. the pedestal, as has been described.

In the form shown in Fig. 12, the arms 8 are dispensed with, and the table top 9' is provided with acentral cylindrical projection 26 which is removably fitted in the upper end of the pedestal I so as to revolve therein. The other parts are as is shown in the other figures, and are combined in the manner already described. It will be noted that the assemblage of the arms 8, cross bar 2 and ring 4 in the pedestal I corresponds to the shown in Figs. land 9, and the legs I2 have been inserted through the slots I and II, the projections I8 will be disposed res-pectively'jus't under the legs I2 and will hold the latter from swinging downwardly at their outer ends, should the pedestal be lifted.

For swinging the legs I2 to the collapsed longitudinal position shown in Fig. 5, and for holding the legs and the arms 8 in the collapsed positions shown in Figs. 5 and 6, means areprovided comprising flexible means consisting of a cord or cable I9, one end of which has two arms 20 respectively attached at their outer ends to the lower pivot ring 5 at diametrically opposite points thereon.

The cord or cable I 9 extends upwardly through a central hole '2I in a transverse partition 22 provided midway between the ends of the pedestal I, thence laterally through a hole 23 in the wall of the pedestal I. The upper end of the cable or cord I9 has a loop handle 24, which is outside the pedestal I, and by which the legs I2, through the intermediacy of the pivot ring 5, may be drawn to the collapsed position, shown in Figs. 4 and 5.

The partition 22 limits the upward movement of the legs- I2, and the downward movement of the arms 8, in the pedestal I.

When the legs I2, and arms 8 are in the collapsed positions in the pedestal I, shown in Figs. 4 and 5, the loop handle 24 is slipped over the upper end of one of the arms 8, which has on its inner side a pin 25, which limits the sliding movement of the loop handle 24, and holds the legs I2 and arms 8 in their collapsed positions, as, shown in Figs. 4 and 5.

To assemble the parts in their operative positions, the collar I4 is turned to the position, shown in Fig. 4, in which the slots U will register with the slots 1. The loop handle 22 is then removed from the arm 8 to which it is attached, and the, legs I2, are withdrawn downwardly, and then swung outwardly on the pivot ring, 5

assemblage of the legs I2, cross bar 3 and ring 5.

Other modifications of my invention, within the scope of the appended claims, may be made without departing from the spirit of my invention.

What I claim is:

1. In a table, a tubular pedestal having interior bearing means adjacent to the lower end of said pedestal, said pedestal having a lateral opening, spaced circularly arranged legs movable from a collapsed longitudinal position in said pedestal to pedestal supporting positions extending downwardly and outwardly, and in the latter position ngaging the lower end of said pedestal and the upper side of said bearing means, pivot means engaging and movable with said legs, flexible means attached to and movable with said pivot means and extending through said lateral opening, and means for releasably engaging said flexible means for holding said legs in said collapsed position.

2. In a table, a tubular pedestal having a lateral opening, circularly arranged legs movable from a collapsed longitudinal position in said pedestal to pedestal supporting positions extending downwardly and outwardly in which they are releasably held by said pedestal, pivot means engaging and movable with said legs, in said pedestal, a flexible member attached to said pivot means in said pedestal and extending outwardly through said opening, and means for releasably engaging said flexibl member for holding said legs in said collapsed position.

3. In a table, a tubular pedestal, two sets of members, one set comprising spaced circularly arranged legs and the other set comprising arms, two pivot means respectively engaging and movable with said two sets of members, said legs being movable from a collapsed longitudinal position in said pedestal to pedestal supporting positions extending downwardly and outwardly in which they are releasably engaged and. held by said pedestal, said arms being movable from a collapsed longitudinal position in said pedestal to positions in which they extend upwardly and outwardly and are adapted to support a table top, and means attached to one of said pivot means and movable therewith, and having means adapted to releasably engage one of the members of the opposit set of said two sets of members, when said two sets of members are in the collapsed positions, for holding said two sets of members in said collapsed positions.

4. In a table, a tubular pedestal having a lat eral opening, spaced circularly arranged legs, movable from a collapsed longitudinal position in said pedestal to pedestal supporting positions extending downwardly and outwardly in which they are releasably engaged and held by said pedestal, pivot means engaged and movable with said legs, spaced circularly arranged arms movable irom a collapsed longitudinal position in said pedestal to positions extending upwardly and outwardly and are adapted to support a table top, pivot means engaging and movable with said arms, and a flexible member attached to said pivot means which engage said legs, said flexible member xtending outwardly through said opening and having at its outer end means adapted to releasably engage one of said arms, when said arms and said legs are in said collapsed positions, for holding said legs and said arms in said collapsed positions.

ELI VUNOVICH.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/158, 248/166, 108/128, 248/171
International ClassificationA47B9/08, A47B9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B9/08
European ClassificationA47B9/08