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Publication numberUS2529649 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 14, 1950
Filing dateDec 6, 1947
Priority dateDec 6, 1947
Publication numberUS 2529649 A, US 2529649A, US-A-2529649, US2529649 A, US2529649A
InventorsGeorge Coplen
Original AssigneeGeorge Coplen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sectional shelving
US 2529649 A
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1950 s. COPLEN 2,529,649

SECTIONAL SHELVING Filed Dec. 6, 1947 IN V EN TOR. GEO/e05 COPL EN ATTORNE Y Patented Nov. 14, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SECTIONAL SHELVING George Coplen, Colorado Springs, 0010.

Application December 6, 1947, Serial No. 790,050 I (Cl. 211 14s) 3 Claims.

This invention relates to sectional shelving, and has for its principal object the provision of a plurality of eflicient shelving units which can be assembled in a multitude of diiTerent ways to provide any desired arrangement or construction of shelves without the use of tools, screws, bolts, or other devices.

Other objects and advantages reside in the detail construction of the invention, which is designed for simplicity, economy, and efficiency. These will become more apparent from the following description.

In the following detailed description of the invention, reference is had to the accompanying drawing which forms a part hereof. Like numerals refer to like parts in all views of the drawing and throughout the description.

In the drawing:

Fig. 1 is a fragmentary, perspective view, illustrating the manner of erecting the improved shelving units; and

Figs. 2 to '7, inclusive, illustrate the component parts for forming and assembling the improved shelving.

The improved sectional shelving consists of the following members: shelves ill, end plates H vertical standards !2, and base member i3, cross base member I and cross bar H5. The shelves can be assembled to any desired length and height by use of the six elements listed above. The shelves ill consist of channel shaped sheet metal plates having downwardly turned longitudinal edges E6. The extremities of the plates are provided with a plurality of matching dove tailed notches ll arranged so that the portions between the notches ii at one extremity of each shelf will inter-fit into the notches ii at the other extremity thereof as shown in Fig. 1.

The extremities are also provided with semicircular pin notches 18 positioned to fit around threaded assembly pins to be later described. The base member 53 consists of an elongated block of material having a dove tailed strip 59 extending along its top. The notches in the dove tailed strip i9 match the dove tailed extremity of one of the shelves it. The block I3 is provided with two threaded upwardly extending assembly pins 20 and is designed to receive the extremity of one of the shelves Hi and one of the end plates H. The block is is notched at its extremities as shown at 23 to receive the downwardly turned edges 86 of the shelf Ill.

The end plate H is rectangular and has a peripheral flange 2| extending around its four sides. The bottom flange 2| is perforated as shown at 22 to receive the assembly pins 20 of the member I3. The upper flange 2| of each plate I l is deformed to provide dove tailed sockets 24 for receiving the dove tailed extremity of one of the shelves ill. The side flanges 2| are indented at their tops, as shown at 25, to receive the downwardly turned edges I6 of the shelf [0. Two threaded assemblypins 26 extend upwardly from the upper flange 2| and are spaced to enter the perforations 22 of'a second end plate ll po-' sitioned above the first.

The shelves ID are supported intermediate the end plates I I by the cross base member l4 carry-1 ing two assembly pins 21 which project upwardly between the shelves through the notches l8. Each cross member [4 is notched, as shown at 28, to receive the downwardly turned edges iii of the shelves I0.

Each of the standards I2 is provided with a threaded socket 29 in one of its extremities and with a co-fitting threaded stud 30 at its other extremity. The lowermost standards 12 are threaded onto the pins 21 of the cross base member 14 and extend upwardly therefrom.

One of the cross bars I5 is placed across each pair of standards 12. Each cross bar is provided with two holes 3| which fit over the studs 30. The cross bars l5 support the connecting ends of the first series of shelves In with the studs 30 projecting above the surface thereof. A second pair of standards [2 is then threaded onto the projecting studs to support a second series of shelves. This is continued throughout the entire height of the shelving.

If it is desired to lock the end plates I together this can be done by placing suitable nuts 32 thereon. It can be readily seen that any desired number of the shelves H can be connected together to form shelving of any desired length.

While a specific form of the improvement has been described and illustrated herein, it is desired to be understood that the same may be varied, within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed and desired secured by Letters Patent is:

1. Sectional shelving comprising: two end base members adapted to rest upon the floor; a series of dove tailed projections along the top of each base member; a pair of studs projecting upward from each base member; a shelf extending between said base members and resting thereon, there being dove tailed notches in the extremities of said shelves receiving said dove tailed projections to resist separation of said base members;

an end plate resting on each base member and acting to hold said shelf in said notches, said end plates having openings for the reception of said studs; a second series of dove tailed notches along the top of each end plate; and a second shelf extending between said end plates and resting thereon, there being dove tailed notches in the extremities of said second shelf engaging said second series of dove tailed notches to resist separation of said end plates.

2. Sectional shelving comprising: a pair of spaced apart base members; a cross member positioned between said base members; studs projecting upward from said base members and from said cross member; dove tailed projections on the top of said base members; a shelf extending from each base member to said cross member, said shelves having dove tailed notches in their extremities, the notches in the adjacent extremities being interlocked together and in the notches in the outer extremities engaging the dove tailed projections on said base members; an end plate resting upon each base member about the studs therein; posts threaded onto the studs of said cross member; and a second series of shelves supported by said end plates and said posts.

3. Sectional shelving comprising: a plurality of sheet metal shelves having downwardly turned longitudinal edges, the extremities of each shelf being provided with a plurality of' dove tailed notches arranged so that the shelves may be interlocked together in a series of any desired length, there being semi-circular pin notches in each extremity of each shelf; an elongated base block adapted to support each extremity of a series of shelves; a dove tailed strip mounted on each base block and interlocking with dove tailed extremities of said series of shelves; a pair of threaded studs extending upwardly from each base block through the pin notches in said shelves; a rectangular sheet metal end plate at each extremity of said shelf, each plate having an inwardly turned flange along each of its four sides, the flange at the bottom side being perforated for the passage of said studs; an indented, dovetailed surface in the flange at the top side to receive the dove tailed extremities of a second series of shelves spaced vertically above the first series; and means for supporting the interlocked extremities of the shelves of each series intermediate said end plates.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 873,496 Bryant Dec. 10, 1907 1,176,306 Levis Mar. 21, 1916 1,687,671 June Oct. 16, 1928 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 183,866 Great Britain Apr. 27, 1938

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U.S. Classification108/190, 211/188
International ClassificationA47B47/00, A47B47/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47B47/021
European ClassificationA47B47/02R