US 2572333 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Oct. 23, 1951 M. GREITZER 2,572,333
SUPPLEMENTARY SLIDE TABLE TOP FOR TABLES Filed March 17, 1950 INVENTOR. M E YER GEE] TZ ER fl-rTORNEY.
Patented Oct. 23, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SUPPLEMENTARY SLIDE TABLE TOP FOR TABLES 3 Claims.
, This invention belongs to that general class of devices known as furniture and it relates particularly to tables and the like. The invention has among its objects the production of a means of the kind described that is simple, durable and compact in structure, inexpensive to make and manufacture, dependable and eflicient in use and service; and a device that is pleasing and attractive in appearances and very satisfactory for use whenever and wherever applicable.
One of the principal objects of the invention is to present a new and novel table arrangement which has two very useful surfaces; an under surface which is configurated and designed for the playing of games, and an upper cover surface which is flat and specially finished for regular tea and dining service. The top surface is constructed of two or more parts in which two of the parts are removed from the under surface by smooth sliding operation, means being provided so that the said two parts are securely supported by the under surface until entirely removed so that one of more intermediate leaves can be employed between the two parts when desired and locked into position so as to form a larger dining surface. The under games surface consists principally of a relatively large central matted area margined or bordered by a series of neat pockets or recesses.
Other objects, advantages and features of this particular invention will appear from a careful perusal of the accompanying drawings, the subjoined detailed description, the preamble of these specifications, and the claims appended hereto.
Below, applicant describes one of the preferable forms of his invention in order to teach the art thereof and show how to make and use the same, but it is to be understood that the drawings and description thereof are not to limit the invention in any sense whatsoever except as the same is or may be limited by the prior art in the same class of devices.
In the drawings:
Figure l is a top perspective view showing one of the complementary table top portions removed, and leg parts broken away,
Figure 2 is a plan View,
Figure 3 is a plan view of a game table surface after the top has been removed,
Figure 4 is a vertical sectional view along a marginal portion of the game playing surface, as indicated by line 4-4 of Fig. 3,
Figure 5 a perspective view of an exploded portion of the table top,
Figure 6 is a perspective view of a sectional part of the table top showing the apron thereof in detail and enlarged.
The particular device, as illustrated, comprises a supporting structure or frame having a plurality of curved legs I which are braced by the rings 2. The under surface 3 of the game playing surface or unit 4 is securely fixed to the top ends of the legs I in any suitable manner known to the art. The particular means of supporting the table tops from thefioor of a room is quite immaterial in that no claim is made to such structure which is probably common in the art.
In view of the fact that there are two tops to the table, it may be well to point out here in order to avoid confusion, that the under-top be called the game-top and the over-top be calledthe dine-top; this naming of the parts, however, not limiting the use of the tops to gaming and/ or dining purposes alone.
The game-top is framed by the pair of spaced apart opposed side rails 5 and 6, and the pair of spaced opposed end rails I and 8. The side rails are provided with squared ends which neatly fit into the angle. ends of the end rails, as shown, and the connected ends are cemented, bolted, or otherwise fixed securely together for a good rigid and sturdy joint. The inner top edges of each rail is rabbeted, as indicated at 9, to accommodate and support the margins of a sheet of plywood Ill or other suitable material; the plywood beingprovided with a topping of felt or other suitable material to sound-proof and enhance the feel qualities of the play area ll. Each rail is provided with a plurality of round pockets I2 and curve-ended elongated pockets l3, as illustrated, each pocket I3 normally indicating the position of a player. The rails may be made of molded plastics or any other kind of material suitable for the purposes.
The dine-top comprises the pair of slidable plywood panels I4 and IS with the removable intermediate leaf of plywood 16; it being understood that more than one such leaf l6 may be employed, and that the material may be of any suitable sheeting known to the art. In order to enhance the appearances of the top surface, any suitable material having a smooth gloss is preferably used and indicated at H. The indicated pins and bores l8 and I9 respectively are employed for locking the panels together and yet allow for their easy removal, that is, when the two complementary portions l4 and I5 are pulled apart.
Each table top portion 14 and I5, and also the one or two intermediate leaves l6, if desired, is
provided with a perimetrical apron 25, the aprons being cemented, bolted, or screwed, to the lateral straight sides and curved sides thereof, as shown.
The apron 29 is configurated as shown most clearly in Figure 6 of the drawings. The apron has formed flanges which depend from the table top, and an integral inwardly directed flange 2| provides a rabbeted-like portion 22 which neatly receives the edge of the panel l4 and which is cemented thereto, or otherwise fixed thereto. A lower inturned integral flange 23 is provided which rides along the underside of the side rails and 6. Integral and spaced apart-lipsid and 25 are provided along the top portion of the apron and are shaped to neatly receive the sprung and bellied decorative strip 26. The apron itself may be of any material suitablefor-the'purposes and this is also true of the strip 23, but however, it has been found that the apron may be made of any suitable metal, plastic, wood, etc., and the strips-made of a some contrasting material and color.
Therfeltstrips 27', .28 and 29arepreferably cemented .to the. inner surfaces of the apron, as shown, so that the complementary dine-top portionscan be snugl and quietly slid onto and from the gameetop and not mar it. The space betweenzthe-felt'strip 2'? and the flange 23'is just suflicient to snugly engage the top andqbottom margins of the game-top so that theer will be nozloose-play, .thus allowing the separated complementary portions 14 an 55 to have stability when there is-one or more leaves like it therebetween.
Itris; of course, understood that various changes and modifications may be made in thed-etails of forrmstyle, design; and construction of the whole orany-partmof thespeciflcally described embodiment of this invention without departing from tlie spi'rit thereof in that such changes and modifications areconsidered as being within the scope of thei-ollowing claims:
1; In a sliding top device for tables which comprises a flat sheet of "material having a sheetof veneerth'er-eover and afixed'thereto, the veneer extending slightly beyond the edges of said material, a dependingflange extending from the perimetrical edgesfof thematerial and secured thereto, said flange having an inwardly directed flange near the top thereof which provides a rabbet portion to accommodate the edge portions of the said material, means on the opposite side of the depending flange from the rabbet portion to receive an insert strip, a bottom flange turned inwardly from the depending flange which rides on the underside of a table top, and a plurality of felt strips on the inner side of the depending flange below the inwardly directed flange to avoid marring the finish of a table top alongwhich the sliding top rides.
2. The sliding top recited in-claim 1 wherein it consists of two complementary parts with removable leaves therebetween, and the opposite ends of thecomplementary parts having slightly curved edges.
3. In a sliding top for table tops of material thicknesshaving unobstructed marginal underportions, the sliding top comprising a flat panel with an abutting straight edge that makes connection with a similar straight edge on a complementary sliding top, each sliding top having 9.. depending perimetrical flange along-all edges to said-abutting straight edge, said flange having a continuous inwardly directed flange: near the top thereof which providesa ,continuousrabbet portion to accommodate the edge. portion of the. panel, a bottom flange turned inwardly along the depending flange which rides along the bottom marginal portions of the table top, and a pluralof feltzstrips; fixed to the, depending flange be.- tween the inwardly-turned flanges-to Ina-l en snug fit with the table top. and prevent marring of the same.-
MEYiER GREIT ER.
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