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T. E. COOKE Sept. 12, 1950 SUPPORTING STAND FOR TABLES, BASINS, AND THE LIKE Filed Nov. 25, 1948 FIG-.3
Patented Sept. 12, 1950 Among the important objects of this invention are: to provide a novel, partially assembled'but col'lapsed'stand that is extremely compactjto provide a corner construction that permits partial preass'embly to a collapsed state but may be readily erected into a stiff and sturdy condition with ease and simplicity; to'providea construction for'such a stand that is simple and inexpen-' sive to produce; and to provide a stand that may be formed of standard metallic shapes of light weight material but which can be knocked down and will withstand rough handling without breakage and distortion in its partially preassembled and collapsed form and will-serve adequately for its intended purpose during a long and useful life.
Otherobjects and advantages of the invention will be apparent during the course of the following description.
In thea'ccompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification, like numerals'are employed to designate like parts throughout. Among the various views of the drawing,
Figure 1 is a perspective view of an erect stand containing my corner construction;
Figure 2 is an enlarged partially assembled perspective view of the elements forming the corner construction of my supporting stand;
Figure 3 is a fragmentary elevation view in the plane 3--3 of Figure 2 showing the locking of the interlocking means employed in joining parts of my corner construction; and
Figure 4 is a detail perspective view showingan alternate manner of interlocking means useful in my corner construction.
A particular use of my invention lies in the manufacture of stands for use in homes and apartment buildings and the like for supporting laundry trays. Having that in mind I have shown in Figure l, in phantom, such a double tray element in which is usually formed of ceramic materials and has considerable weight and bulk. Such trays weigh about four hundred pounds. This showing is for the purpose of exempliflcation and is not intended to limit my invention since it will be obvious that the construction shown in Figure 1 will also serve to support a low table or bench and, by altering proportions as to height or length, other objects,
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rough materials and preferably are partially assembled to knock-down conditionat a factory for transportation and delivery to thepoint of use inthe most compact form. They travel by railroad and truck, are roughly handled in trans it, and, when they are to be used, are usuallyset up by plumbers helpers and other relatively unskilled mechanics. When they are erected "it is always desirable that they be rigid and rugged: and not involve a great multiplicity of parts such as braces and the like that will limit access to under the laundry trays;
It is with these and other objects more fully stated herein that I havearranged my stand 'to' comprisethe several upright leg elements 12, 13, i4, and I 5 in the rectangular form shownin' Figure 1. These legelements areformed of an-" glef-iron pieces and are arranged in the stand so' that the two outer faces of the angles of the leg elements form the corners of the stand and the groove between the webs of the angle-iron faces; In the preferred form of the invention inwardly. shown' in Figure 2 apair of upwardly open notches l6, l1 areformed, one in each web of the leg element.
Between leg element l2, to a first side thereof, and 'leg element 13 I provide the horizontal first nail l8 which has pins l9 and 20 outstanding'on stand when it is assembled, The brace bars are non-separably connected at each end by rivets 24 p which permit pivotal movement of thebrace bar relative either the leg element or rail for a purpose later to be described.
Between leg element I 2, to a second side thereof, and leg element 15 I provide a similar rail 26 having a pin 21 which fits into notch ll and anther brace bar 28 joined by pivotal rivets 29 to the rail 26 and leg element l2.
In like manner rail 26 joins leg element [5, and rail elements 30 and 32 extend between the pairs of leg elements l5 and I4, and I3 and I4, respectively. Also similar brace bars are employed on the diagonal in the finished and assembled stand to impart rigidity. Each rail joins a leg element with the pin and notch connection previously described and the braces are all joined to the legs or rails with set rivets that nevertheless permit swinging of the braces, rails and leg elements about the axes of the rivets.
When it is desired to secure a pin into a notch. referring to Figure 3, pressure is applied against the free wall of the notch of the leg element in the direction indicated by the arrow and the same is distorted and turned over the pin as shown, to prevent its upward withdrawal from the notch. This is usually the last step in the final assembly of the stand.
Alternately to the pin and notcharrangement described, I may employ the arrangement of Figure 4 in which the notch 43 is formed on the rail, to and the pin 4| is carried by the leg element 42. In this case, the outer end of. the'rail forming a wall of the notch 43 is bent over the pinto prevent dislodgment.
As the stands are manufactured and being assembled all the parts are brought together with the braces, such as 22 an 28, joining between the leg element l2 or iii, i l or 15, as the case may be and the first rail It, or the second rail 26, respectively, but without the pins being seated in the notches. In such condition the legs may be placed in alignment with the longer side rails, whereupon the shorter side rails may be brought into overlying relation to the longer side rails and the whole assembly brought together into a tight bundle-like condition that is compact, may be handled roughly, and will pack most economically during shipment and storage. Since the parts are joined together throughout the bundle by the brace bars and rivets none may become displaced and yet the stand may not be racked or damaged easily as is the case with a more fully assembled'frame.
At such time as erection of the stand is to take place, the leg elements are brought into upright position with the rails horizontally placed and the pin and notch connections effected as shown in Figure 1. When the parts are all properly trued up the operator usually sets the Walls of the notches about the pins and the stand is ready to use.
Such a stand, usedto support a table or bench,
has considerable resistance to racking and wobbliness and may be otherwise used for a multitude of purposes.
Having. thus. shown and described my invention, I claim:
. lar leg element to said side, said rails extending from said leg element at right angles to each other; between said leg element and said first rail a first brace bar pivotally attached to each member; between said leg element and said second rail a second brace bar pivotally attached to each member; and between each said first and second I rail a flange of and the leg element means forming a pin and notch connection for securing the rails in right angular relationship to each other and to the leg element when the corner construc.- tion is erected to supporting condition.
2..A corner construction according to claim 1, in which the notch of the pin and notch connection between each rail and leg element is of suincient depth that a wall forming one side of said notch may be deflected to partially close the notch about the pin when the latter is positioned therein.
3. A corner construction according to claim 1, in which the notch of the pin and notch connection is open upwardly and is located in a flange of the leg element and the interfitting pin of said connection is mounted on the rail.
TED E. COOKE.
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