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y 1950 M. SPIEGEL ET AL 2,598,627
COLLAPSIBLE TABLE Filed March 14, 1947 IN V EN TORS Mwrou SHBGEL HERBERT HOROWI'TZ Patented May 23, 1950 COLLAPSIBLE TABLE Milton Spiegel, Bronx, and Herbert Horowitz, New York, N. Y. said Spiegel assignor to said Horowitz Application March 14, 1947, Serial No. 734,654
This invention relates to tables and more particularly to tables of the collapsible type.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a table which can be supported at two different elevations, the one elevation being low to permit one seated on the floor to work upon the table surface and the other elevation being the full normal table height, there being separate legs for supporting the table top at the different elevations, each of which legs are foldable into the table top, the table being such that the table tops and the legs can be folded into a compact package for storage and transport.
Other objects of the present invention are to provide a collapsible table having legs tosupport the same at two difierent heights which is of simple construction, easy to set up, inexpensive to manufacture and efiicient in operation.
According to one form of the invention, there is provided a large table top on which can be mounted a train set. This table top has connected to the same, two sets of legs, one set of legs to support the same at a low elevation just above the floor and another set of legs to support the table surface at a high elevation. The long legs are foldable under the table top and preferably the short legs are foldable so that at times of transport they will not interfere or limit the space to which the table top can be extended.
According to another form of the invention the table top can be made in two parts so that the same can be hinged or folded whereby to take up less space and to provide a compact package for storage and transport. In this instance, both the short and the long legs are foldable into the structure. Also the short legs can be folded so as to be extended outwardly from one side edge of the table top whereby at times of transport the table can be turned upon edge and moved along the floor surface. Casters are provided on the short legs and these short legs can be moved between three positions, one position extending downwardly and the other two positions extending oppositely therefrom so as to be folded under the table top or to be extended from one side of the table top.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawing, and to the appended claim in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawing forming a material part of this disclosure:
Fig. 1 is a perspective View of a table having its short legs extended to support the same.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the table with the long legs extended and the table top elevated' Fig. 3 is a bottom plan view looking upon the underside of the table top with all of the legs folded into the same.
Fig. 4. is a perspective view of a modified form of table wherein the table top is made in two parts adapted to be hinged upon one another.
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the table shown in Fig. 4 folded up and ready to be transported or stored.
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary perspective View of one corner of the table top with the short legs in the extended position and the long legs partially extended, and showing a slot in the side edge of the table through which the short legsmay be extended to support the table when on edge.
Fig. '7 is a fragmentary perspective view of the corner of the table after the long legs have been extended down and the short legs have been folded upwardly into the table top.
Fig. 8 is a perspective view of the table top showing one of the short legs extended through the side edge of the same.
Fig. 9 is a fragmentary perspective view showing both of the short legs extended through the table edge and the table standing up on edge for the purpose of being transported.
Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the retaining pin.
Referring now particularly to Figs. 1, 2 and 3, 15 represents a table top having side and end pieces 86 and i1. Pivotally connected to end pieces 5? are short legs it having casters IS on their lower ends. A pivot pin 20 extends through the end piece and through the upper end of each short leg, the short legs being rounded at their tops to permit the pivotal movement of the same. In order to retain the short legs in their extended position, a pin 2 I' may be extended through each, through a hole in the end piece and thence through a hole in the leg. This hole in the end piece is indicated at 22. In the side piece l6, there is provided a slot 22 through which a short leg l8 can be extended for the purposes of supporting the table top on edge at times when it is desired to transport the same. The leg l8 will be retained in a position extended through the slot 22 by the pin 2! being inserted in a hole 24 instead of the hole 22. To position the short leg l8 under the table top, it may be folded inwardly and the same pin 2| may be extended through the hole 22 to retain the leg in that position. Thereafter, the table can be turned on edge and transported in the manner illustrated in Fig. 9.
Also connected to the table top are two sets of legs 25, which are pivoted at 26, to the side pieces 5. A collapsible bracket 21 will retain the legs 25 in their extended positions.
Referring now particularly to Figs. 4 and 5, it will be seen that the table top l5 can be divided into two parts 3| and 32 which are hinged together as indicated at 33 so that these parts can be folded so as to provide a compact package as shown in Fig. 5. A hook 34 may serve to lock the ends of the parts 3| together as seen in Fig. 5 when the hook is extended through an eye 35.
While We have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of our invention, it is to be understood that we do not limit ourselves to the precise constructions herein disclosed and the right is reserved to all changes and modifications coming within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claim.
Having thus described our invention what we claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent is:
A table comprising a substantially quadrangular table top having depending side and end members, and means arrangeable for at will supporting said table top either at a higher elevation or at a lower elevation, said means comprising a set of four longer legs each individually pivotally connected at its top to the table top below its upper surface, one such leg thus connected to the table top adjacent each of the four corners thereof, and said means also comprising a set of four shorter legs each individually pivotally connected at its top to the table top below its upper surface, each of said shorter legs being pivotal through an arc of 180, and means for selectively locking each of said shorter legs at their 0, and positions, one of the lastnamed four legs also being thus connected to the table top adjacent each of the four corners thereof, the axis of pivoting of a longer leg being substantially at right angles to the axis of pivoting of a shorter leg, whereby when the table top is to be at one elevation, the four legs determining its other elevation may be folded in under the table top non-interferingly with the four legs on which the table is then to be supported, said pivotal connections being so arranged that all eight legs may be non-interferingly folded in under the table top with all eight legs lying in substantially the same plane, when the table is to be completely collapsed.
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