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ZEBQQZQ W. S. MOODY Nov. 34 195% TOOL PACKAGE Filed Sept. 30, 1949 j a INVENTGAQ. fin $5 v BY Patented Nov. 14, 1950 TOOL PACKAGE William S. Moody, Cranston,'R. I., assignor to Moody Machine Products 00., Inc., a corporation of Rhode Island Application September 30, 1949, Serial No. 118,731
This invention relates to a package for a set of tools, more particular small tools which may be readily carried about by the user.
Tools have heretofore been assembled in open stands and sometimes these stands have been covered. The character of the stands has been such that if the stands were inverted or subjected to shaking up such as in transportation from one point to another the tools would slide out of their mounting and it would be necessary to re-assemble the tools with their base if the stand were to function in a normal manner. Further, the covers which have been heretofore provided have been of such a nature that they maybecome detached from their base and again fail to perform their function of protecting the tools.
One of the objects of this invention is to provide a package which will be of such a character that the cover will not become removed in shipment.
Another object of this invention is to provide a cover of such a character as to maintain the tools in such relation that when the package is placed in an upright position after being inverted the tools will all fall back into their normal position into which they have been assembled and which it is desired that they should be positioned for use or sales purposes.
Another object of this invention is to provide a cap which is of such a character that the tools may be readily viewed through the cover so that they will have a sales appeal.
With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, as will be more fully described and particularly pointed out in the appended claims.
In the accompanying drawings:
Figure 1 is an elevation illustrating the package;
Figure 2 is a sectional view through substantially the center of the package;
Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure 2 but showing the package in inverted relation; and
Figure 4 is a section on line 4-4 of Figure 2.
In proceeding with this invention I provide a base of light-weight material and recess the upper end of the base so as to receive a tool holder and a plurality of tools about the holder. The tool holder has a circular handle and in order to maintain the holder in desired position a cover of transparent character having a dome top will engage the circular handle and by reason of frictional engagement with the base will maintain the holder securely in assembled relation with 5 Claims. (Cl. 20617) 2 the base and against axial movement in the base. The space provided by'the cover and the rela tive position of the tools in the base and within the cover is such that the tools cannot leave the sockets in which they are positioned in the base when they engage the cover, which limits their movement. The curved end of the cover also directs the tools toward the center which aligns them with their sockets and makes it simple for the tools to slide back into the sockets whenthe package is placed upright from its inverted position.
With reference to the drawings, I0 designates the base which I have found convenient'to form of a light-weight metal such as aluminum. The base is cylindrical with a reduced upper portion I I forming a shoulder I2. At a central location in the base and extending axially thereof there is a recess I4 while smaller recesses I5 are arranged along a circular line about the recess I4 spaced therefrom approximately half Way between the center recess I4 and the outer periphery of the base I6 (see Figure 4). A tool holder I1 is positioned in the central recess I4 with its end against the bottom I8 of the recess I 4. An opening I8 for venting the recess is provided through the bottom of the base. This tool holder has a manually operable clutch at 20 for removably receiving a selected one of a plurality of tools 21, while at its opposite end there is a circular handle 22 provided which is swivelly related about the axis of the holder I! for convenience in operation. This handle 22 has a recessed top. Within the smaller recesses I5 about the tool holder I! the plurality of tools 2| are positioned, each one of the tools having an end shank or blade 23 of a different size so that the selected size may be utilized for small screws as is desired.
A transparent cap 25 having a cylindrical body 26 and a closed dome-like end 21 which partakes something of the shape of a portion of a sphere is of a size so as to telescope over the reduced portion II of the base and tightly frictionally fit this portion I I. Along the portion of the cap which engages the portion II, I have deflected the stock of the cap inwardly as at 28 so that this portion yields resiliently as the cap is forced into position and serves to assist in more tightly gripping this portion of the base.
If the package is inverted as shown in'Figure 3, the tools will slide somewhat in their recesses I5, perhaps initially against the surface of the cap as shown in dotted lines, but as the tool strikes the inwardly inclined portion of the cap the base and the cap and prevents rattling off av heavy portion of the package. Thus, in shipment no harm comes to the merchandise. The
distance between the top 30 of the. base; and the end of the cap is of importance in preventing the tools from being dislodged from their recesses.
1. A tool package comprising a cylindricalbase having a centrallaxial recess with a tool holder having one end portion therein and a circular head at theother end, said base also having' a pluralityof recesses arranged about said axial recess and. spaced. therefrom, a plurality of tools to fit into said holder located in said plurality of recesses, a cylindrical cap having a curved dome-like closed end engaging the circular head of the tool holder along a circular line and an open end telescoped over said base and tightly frictionally gripping the same to maintain the holder engaging the end of said central recess in which it is located and encasingsaid tools.
2. A tool: package as in claim 1 wherein the distance between the end of said plurality of tools when in the bottom of their recesses and the curved end of the cap is less than the depth of each of said recesses whereby the tools cannot come out of said recesses when the package is inverted.
3. A tool package as in claim 1 wherein the distance between the endof said plurality of tools when in the bottom. of their recesses and the curved end of the cap is less than the depth of each of said recesses whereby the tools cannot come out of said recesses when the package is inverted and whereby they will be directed inwardly by said curved closed end.
4. Av tool package as in claim 1 wherein said cap along the: telescoped portion is deflected inwardly to provide a rib engaging the base.
5. A tool package as in claim 1 wherein the cap is of transparent material.
WILLIAM S. MOODY.
h REF ENCES. CITED H The following references are of record in the file of' this patent;
UNITED STATES PATENTS Great Britain Aug. 15, 1939