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Publication numberUS2444584 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 6, 1948
Filing dateOct 12, 1945
Priority dateOct 12, 1945
Publication numberUS 2444584 A, US 2444584A, US-A-2444584, US2444584 A, US2444584A
InventorsPaul Touchett Lawrence
Original AssigneePainter Corp E Z
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sloping bottom tray and support structure
US 2444584 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

- L. P. TOUCHETT 2,444,584


sor to E Z Paintr Corporation, a corporation of Wisconsin Application October 12, 19%, Serial No. 621,896

3 @lalms. (CE. 22%1) My invention relates to trays, and more particularly to a type of tray that may be employed to supply paint when used in connection with a conventional type of paint roller.

When paint is to be applied to the surface being coated by means of a roller instead of a brush, it is quite necessary to provide a vessel or container that will provide even distribution of the paint over the peripheral surface of the roller.

The object of my inventionis to provide a means of supplying paint or the like evenly over the entire peripheral surface of a roller without the inconvenience of surplus material dripping from the roller during the application.

Another object of my invention is to provide a device of the character described that may be supported from the rung of a ladder in a manner to afiord convenience for the operator.

Other and further objects of my invention will become more apparent as the description proceeds when taken in conjunction with the drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of the tray, illustrating the manner in which the bottom is inclined and showing an inwardly projecting member at the front for support of the tray on the rung of a ladder.

Figure 2 is a fragmentary, perspective view of the front of the device, showing an adjustable means for arranging the position of the support member.

Figure 3 is a cross-sectional *ew of the device, illustrating the means, of ret -.ining the paint at its deepest part and showing the paint roller in phantom.

Figure 4 is a fragmentary, cross-sectional view of the adjustable support member attached to the forward standard, and

Figure 5 is a fragmentary, cross sectional view of the tray applied and supported by a ladder shown in phantom.

Similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views, and referring now to the same, the character l shows a pan open at the top, having a rear wall II and two tapered side walls l2 and I2. The front wall I3 is narrow and the bottom It tapers upward toward the forward end from the lower edge of the rear wall ll.

There is a vertical front plate l supporting the front end of the pan ill in a position where in Figures 1, 3 and 5, and as a separate unit in Figures 2 and '4. The member It consists of an angularly disposed plate extending from the inner wall of the plate l5 rearward. The front plate i5 is shown provided with elongated slots H in Figures 2 and 4 and bolt members l8 extend through the member I6 and the slots l! in the plate l5, and are supported and fastened by means of the winged nuts E9 to retain the member It in frictional contact with the inner face of the plate l5.

In Figure 5, I show the pan 10 supported by the ladder 20, shown in phantom, and the liquid or paint 23 as shown in Figures 3 and 5 is shown retaining a level at the deep end of the pan II].

It is manifest to anyone familiar with the art that when apaint roller 2|, as shown in phantom; is employed, the roller may be submerged partially at the edge of the paint, shown as 22 in Figure 3, and may be rolled over the exposed portion of the bottom l4, thereby permitting even distribution of the paint over the entire surface of the roller.

While I have shown in detail a specific con-'- struction of my device, I am fully cognizant of the fact that there may be many changes made in the form and configuration of the various parts without affecting the operativeness of the device, and I reserve the right to make such changes as I may deem necessary and convenient without departing from the spirit of my invention or the scope of the appended claims.

What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent in the United States Patent Ofice is:

1. A pan of the character described having a deep rear wall, a shallow front wall, two side walls, a bottom tapered upward from the lower edge of the rear wall to the lower edge of the front wall, said bottom attached to all walls at their lower edge, a vertical standard supporting said pan at its forward end said standard of a height to provide a horizontal alignment of the of side walls extending from said tapered bottom to horizontal edges extending from the top of said rear wall to the top of said front wall, a

vertical standard supporting said device at its forward end said standard of a height to place the upper edges 0,! all of said walls in a horizontal plane, said vertical standard provided with a longitudinally disposed angular member extending from the inner face of said vertical standard toward and below the bottom of said device.

3. A tray of the character described comprising: a shallow, open-topped substantially rectangular receptacle having a bottom sloping from one end of the receptacle to the other so that one end is deeper than the other; a toot 1o portion secured to the end portion of the receptaele of least depth and projecting downwardly an extent such that the lower edge thereof is vertically spaced from the upper edge of the receptacle a distance substantially equal to the depth of the opposite end portion of the receptacle so that said foot and the opposite end of the receptacle may s p rt the receptacle with the top edges thereof substantially horizontal;

and a ledge projecting in from said foot por- 20 tion to underlie the bottom of the receptacle and form a hook adapted to eng e under a support,

4 like the step or top of a step ladder, 'to hold the receptacle thereon with its portion of least depth over the support, and its portion of greater depth projecting therebeyond.


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U.S. Classification220/570, 211/88.1, 248/210, 211/65, 15/257.6
International ClassificationB44D3/12
Cooperative ClassificationB44D3/126
European ClassificationB44D3/12J