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Publication numberUS2619396 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 25, 1952
Filing dateJun 6, 1949
Priority dateJun 6, 1949
Publication numberUS 2619396 A, US 2619396A, US-A-2619396, US2619396 A, US2619396A
InventorsWilliam R Fires
Original AssigneeDorothy Fires
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Self-serving table with rotatable center
US 2619396 A
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Nov. 25, 1952 W. R. FIRES Filed June 6, 1949 SELF-SERVING TABLE WITH ROTATABLE CENTER 2"; I4 Illn. J

I Inventor q William R. Fires Attameys Patented Nov. .25, 1952 UNITED STATES TENT OFFICE SELF-SERVING TABLE WITH ROTATABLE CENTER William R. Fires, Rivervale, Ark., assignor of onehalf to Dorothy Fires, Rivervale, Ark.

1 Claim. 1

The present invention relates to new and useful improvements in tables and more particularly to a self-serving table embodying a rotary central top section by means of which food placed thereon may be easily moved Within reach of persons seated around the table.

An important object of the invention is to provide a rotary central top section for the table with means for raisin the same to facilitate cleaning thereof and for oiling the bearing on which the same is supported.

Other objects and advantages reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view;

Figure 2 is an enlarged fragmentary side elevational view of the table top;

Figure 3 is a vertical sectional view;

Figure 4 is a bottom plan View; and

Figure 5 is a horizontal sectional view through the table pedestal taken on a line 55 of Figure 2.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, wherein for the purpose of illustration I have disclosed a preferred embodiment of the invention, the numeral 5 designates a central table pedestal having braces or webs 6 projecting outwardly from its lower portion to provide a base for the pedestal.

The pedestal 5 is preferably of square shape in cross section and arms 7 are secured at inner ends thereof to each side of the pedestal at its upper end to project horizontally outwardly therefrom and on the outer ends of which a stationary annular top section, or ring, 8 is supported.

A ball bearing assembly 9 surrounds the upper end of the pedestal 5 and is supported on the inner ends of arms 7, the bearing assembly supporting a rotary central top section, or disk, 19 for rotation within the stationary annular top section or ring 8 in the plane thereof. Handles l I project upwardly from the rotary central top section I6 adjacent the periphery thereof to provide hand grips for rotating said sections.

The upper end of pedestal 5 is formed with a chamber l2 in which a jack 13 of conventional construction is supported and with the head M of the jack positioned under the central portion of the rotary central top section IS. The jack may be operated by means of a handle l5 which extends outwardly through an opening 16 in the upper end of pedestal 5, the handle l5 preferably being removable from the jack, when not in use.

The rotary central top section I 0 is provided with a shelf or platform I I supported coaxial therewith and which is in a raised position by a central post 18 suitably secured to the said section l8.

In the operation of the device the rotary central top section #0 is free to be rotated on the ball bearin assembly 9 by means of one of the handles 1 1 whereby food placed on the rotary central top section I 9 of the table may be moved into a position for convenient reach by persons seated around the table.

The rotary central section 19 of the table may be raised by the operation of jack l3 to a position above the plane of the stationary annular top section 8 to facilitate cleaning of the table and to oil the bearing assembly.

In view of the foregoing description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings it is believed that a clear understanding of the device will be quite apparent to those skilled in this art. A more detailed description is accordingly deemed unnecessary.

It is to be understood, however, that even though there is herein shown and described a preferred embodiment of the invention the same is susceptible to certain changes fully comprehended by the spirit of this invention as herein described and the scope of the appended claim.

Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:

A table comprising a pedestal, horizontal arms having inner ends attached to the sides of the pedestal at the upper end thereof, an annular top section fixed to and supported by the outer ends of said arms, a bearing assembly surrounding the upper end of the pedestal and supported by the inner ends of said arms, and a central circular top section supported by said assembly for rotation within the annular top section.


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

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U.S. Classification108/104, 108/139, 108/150, 108/94, D06/692.3
International ClassificationA47B11/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B11/00, A47B2200/02
European ClassificationA47B11/00