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Publication numberUS2661990 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 8, 1953
Filing dateJul 7, 1948
Priority dateFeb 23, 1945
Publication numberUS 2661990 A, US 2661990A, US-A-2661990, US2661990 A, US2661990A
InventorsKnuth Harvey G
Original AssigneeLyon Metal Products Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sectional top with edge binder
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Dec. 8, 1953 H. G. KNUTH SECTIONAL TOP WITH EDGE BINDER Original Filed Fe b. 2:5, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet l I N VEN TOR. j/awz z G Dec. 8, 1953 H. G. KNUTH SECTIONAL TOP WITH EDGE BINDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Original Filed Feb. 25, 1945 INVENTOR.

Patented Dec. 8, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT pOFFICE SECTIONADTOP'WITHEDGEBINDER Harvey G. Knuth, .Elgin, 111., assignor to- Lynn Metal Products, Incorpomitted;v Aurora, 111., a corporation of Illinois Original application February 23,1945, Serial No. 579,457. Divided and this application-July '7, 1948-, Serial No. 37,365

15 Claims.v (CL 311-106) top, constructed and arranged so that on thejobitimay be out to desired length to cover the open tops of one or more adjacently spaced cabinets, whereby an unbroken continuous surface may be provided for the entire length of a plurality of such underlying, adjacently placed cabinets, the prefabricated length being finished as to its top, its front and rear margins, but provideo. at "its opposite ends with registering, predeterminedly spaced holes or bores exactly p sitioned so that those holes of one end exactly register with the similarly formed holes of the opposite end of the length. By this construction dowel pins or other fastening means may be insorted to interconnect adjacent lengths and maintain such lengths supported in exact alignm'entand also whereby the holes at either end may have fastened thereto an end cap or trim, or whereby alternativelyeach such length may be joined to a top corner piece for completing the installation.

Yet another object of'the invention-resides in providing a prefabricated corner top for forming a finished corner top section to cover the corner of an installation of kitchen cabinets'which include angularly disposed cabinets leaving a corner space therebetween, and which finished-corner top 'is provided at the front thereof jwit'hriglit angularly disposed unfinished-ends and is provided with an intermediate relatively short, preferably arcuate front corner trimmed edge which is diagonally opposite the junction of thenormally disposed finishedand trimmed rear sides, and particularly wherein such two front unfinished ends located .atrright tangles-the one to the other, are provided W'i'thexactly disposed openings for the reception of dowel pins whereby saidrentn e corner piecezmay be quickly secured in position at such unfinished ends toreglstering openings in the unfinished tendsbi ather-pr fabficated'elongated top, striprsections. whereby to form a. continuous, Eyck-substantially waiter proof surface for the entire cabinet installation.

including such corner section.

.Yetaanother object of the invention resides in providinga prefabricated working top for kitchen cabinet installations which includes a main body portion and a waterproofed top covering preferably Qidinoleum or similar waterproofed racing, the linoleum'section being finished along' -two of its edges by: means of metal strips, and the '7 remaining ends nfthetop section by which said section :may bejoined to other sections 'or end capped being left unfinished and. provided with predeterminedly-spaced openings for therreception of dowel pins orrother fasteners.

. St-ill another Db;TGOTlI"I6S1d8S in prefabricating sectional ,work tops for. kitchen cabinet installations whichsections each include finished foundat-ionalportions preferably of parallel lam-inations of; wood suitably: united and, topped with an'adherent facing of linoleum or other watershedding sheet, composition, wherein two of the. edges of the :section are finished withmarginal metal trim, teaving two other edges or ends untrimmed and unfinished at such edges of :both thefoundationalportions andthe facing except for a plurality of fastener receiving "openings formed mthe unfinished face of eachsuch foundational portion for .the reception of fasteners formnitingusaid section to other sections and whereby by the application of a glue or adherent to s the raw edges of such watershedding'com position sheet material, the same will substantially integrally un-rte tothe corresponding raw edge of the-composition sheet of the contiguous section and provide a practically continuous, unbroken, Emois'ture-tig'ht and dirt-repellent, top work surface for the cabinet structure.

Theseand, other objects of invention will The apparent from a. perusal of the following specification, when. taken in, connection with the accompanyingdrawings, wherein:

Figure 1 -is-a perspective view of a corner installation of so-called kitchen cabinets showing the use of a corner top in position between two tops cover-ingthe ,twoycabinets, the arrangement beingssuch thatthe three tops form .aasu'bstanti-ally r continuous; level, waterproof surface;

Figure 2 its-"atop "plan view showing diagrammatically an arrangement whereby .a series "of three cabinets isprovided with two top sections and intervening corner, section;

1 Figure 13 is a diagrammatic view showing an installation or five'ca'binets with three toppieces' and .two, corn-ere pieces;

Figure 4 is a perspective view of the base corner angle;

Figure 5 is a sectional view taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 1;

Figure 6 is a perspective view of the manner in which the corner and two top members and. their finishing strips are united;

Figure 7 is a section taken on the line 'l-'l' of Figure 8;

Figure 8 is a section taken on the line 8-8 of Figure 1;

Figure 9 is a view showing the manner of covering the opening between the end of one of the sectionalized cabinets and the adjacent wall, so that the top member will fill such opening and so that the front opening will be closed by a proper scriber member;

Figure 10 is a section taken on the line Ill-l0 of Figure 9; and

Figure 11 is a view of an elongated, prefabricated strip as the same is made at the factory, shipped to the job, and may be cut to proper length at the job for closing the tops of one or more adjacently disposed cabinets, depending upon the length of the top surface to be utilized.

In the present application the claims are limited to the kitchen cabinet tops per se. Claims to the combination of the top with the cabinet form the subject matter of my parent application Serial No. 579,457, filed February 23, 1945, of which the present invention is a division.

Referring now in general to the invention, the same comprises a cabinet installation and method of assembling so that manufacturers and distributors may buy and keep inventories of a lesser number of parts. At the present time kitchen cabinets are made up of various combinations of units, each unt being a complete cabinet finished at bottom and top, and the cabinets are set end to end in assembled relation in the desired spot. In some instances kitchen cabinets are custom made, that is they are built to exact specification, which is very expensive. The present invention resides in manufacturing kitchen cabinet tops of desired lengths and desired widths for covering juxtaposed basal cabinet arrangements of various types, some with vertical tiers of drawers, some with single front closures, some with double front closures, some with hinged fronts swinging outwardly about horizontal pivots, and in fact any of the modern types of arrangements of cabinets are within the contemplation of the present invention in so far as the construction per se of the basal cabinet is concerned. The one departure resides in the face that the cabinets at the top, as finished, are completely open.

The tops of the cabinet of the present invention are manufactured as separate articles of manufacture and comprise preferably an elongated wcoden to section, a sheet of top material overlying the top section and adhered thereto, and metal rims or edge bindings disposed on the front and rear margins of the tops. The wooden top section is preferably elongated, for example ninety-six inche long (the length being illustrative and not a limitation) and is preferably made of plywood. llhe top material is a sheet having water-repellent characteristics and a preferred-example of such material is a oneeighth inch moisture resistant black marble linoleum which forms a dirt-proof and waterproofsurface. Any suitable means such as a cement may be used to firmly adhere t e Sh t o top material to the wooden top section. Thefront and back trim pieces are made of any de-- sired material such as stainless steel, eXtrudec aluminum or any other sort of metal or plastic which can be sawed. The trim or edge bind ings have free edges which overlie the sheet of top material and the free edges are preferably imbedded in the marginal edges of the top mate-- rial in a water-proof and moisture-proof man ner. Except for a corner top piece the two opposite parallel end edges of these elongated topsections are left free of edgings and are provided with means whereby one or two of the sectionsand the corner may be assembled together by means of registering dowel openings and inter-- locking dowel pins, the contiguous raw linoleumedges being suitably connected together by means of a cement so that the line between the lino-- leum sections is practically invisible. These finished top sections are secured in place to thecabinets by means of wood screws from beneath into the underside of the tops and, also intoangle brackets carried by the finished bottom cabinets. One of the advantages of the foregoing resides in the fact that by the use of completed,- ready to install basal cabinet units and completed ready to install elongated top pieces, any com-- bination of length or width may be readily a1- rived at from stock in inventory, either by precutting the elongated tops at the factory or at the job. For instance, in many cases a lengthof cabinets is built up of relatively short length, individual cabinets whereby great rigidity of in-- dividual cabinet construction may be obtained, the cabinet sections being suitably connected to gether by sheet metal screws or they may be simply installed end to end together and then a single cabinet top of a length multiple that of the underlying cabinets may be selected or cut on the job to overlie the length of juxtaposed cabinets and so that the junctions between the cabinets will be covered by a single top having a single unbroken sheet of linoleum, thereby positively excluding water and presenting a finished top both at the top and at the front and back edge facings. In this way a minimum number of tops need be kept in stock by the distributor than in the existing practices. Therefore a cabinet top construction and preferably an open top cabinet construction of the foregoing charatcer not only entails a great saving to the manufacturer and distributor, but also permits the production and installation of a finished cabinet installation of any desired width and length providing any combination desired, and whereby hideous joints, which attract moisture and dirt between sections, are eliminated. In addition, great advantages are provided by the construction of the ends of the corners of the cabinet suiting the needs of the installation.

Referring now to the drawings it will be understood that the cabinet bottoms are formed of sheet metal of prebuilt finished construction. For instance, referring to Figure 1, there is shown a cabinet construction comprising two sections and a corner section. The section to the left of Figure 1 shows a base 2, which in a direction from front to back is not as long as the cabinet portion thereabove, of generally rectangular construction and including a vertical side wall 4. It is of usual construction except that it is made of sheet metal.

unwell known in the art. In addition this cabinet aeeipoo is provided with a drawer having-ahandle 2-2. The cabinet to the right ofEigurel is similar in construction except that itincludes :a-vertical tier-of drawers 122,, 24 and 2.6.

- In addition there is a corner structure which comprises a base corner angle as shown in Figure 4 including the right angled basal piece 28 formed of sheet metal having an integral upstanding curvilinear and elongated member 30 provided with oppositely extending flanges 32 and '34 each flange .rbeing suitably provided with .spaoedperforations 36 and 38, respectively. The flanges 32 \and 34 :of this basal piece are united by means of preferably :metall'ic screws or bolts to the adiacent wall sections of the adjacent cabinet bases. In addition to the base corner anglethere is a top for the corner which will 'behereinaf-ter described.

In accordance with the invention "covered by the claims of the present application, the manufactured'tops forthe basal sections of these cabinets comprise separate articles of manufacture. Each :t'op consists essentially of a preferably elongated rectangular body portion 40, see Figure 8, herein :shown as formed of plywood laminations. It'is of substantial thickness and on its top surface carries an adherentof desired plastic material, preferably sheet linoleum 42. -This waterproof "covering is out to the size and shape of the elongated top portion 40 and secured thereto by suitable waterproof cement. In addition each elongated made up top 40 also includes front and back marginal edging or facing, preferably of sheet metal such as stainless sheet metal. For instance, the front edging 44 has an underlying, longitudinally extending flange &6 which will underlie the front edge of the laminated body portion of the top and is secured in place by fastening means such as a nail 118. The upper portion of this edging is finished smooth *as at '50 and has an end '52 which is imb-edded ina suitable groove formed in the front margin of the linoleum or other material top -42. This front edging 44 is coextensive with the length of the top section, as shown for instance in Figure 6. In addition there is a rear edging which comprises the sheet metal chromium plated band '54 attached to the rear wall of the body portion "40 by means of the fastener '56. This rear edging projects upwardly above the linoleum, thence inwardly as at 58 to provide a cement receiving 60,Iand thence it bends downwardly as at 62 and pocket. thence folded inwardly upon itself as at is provided with the free end (it that is imbedded in agroove in the 'rear margin of the linoleum or other surface. The pocket-58 is adapted to receive waterproofing cement which adheres the folded part snugly tothe wall 66 so as to prevent water passing downwardly between the wall and the rear of the cabinet. This rear edging 54 is likewise'coextensive with the length of the top section. In certain cases, as shown in Figure '6, the raw cut end 68 of thesection may be closed by an end edging of a chromiumfinished or stainless sheet' metal strip 10 suitably perforated as at T2 and 14 and having front and rear finished surfaces and 18 to accord with the front and rear edgings M and 54 respectively. Fastening means and 82 pass through the holes l2.

and 14 into the raw edge 68 of the section where by suitably to finish this end of thetop where such strip is the outside end, as shown in Figure 1.. The strip Ill (see Figure 5) is ,provi'd'edwith a rounded inwardlyextending iiange l6 correspond- 6. alsonhas a downwardly extending .portion 1.! which is 'pressed against the raw edge hi the linoleum 42 by the ifastening means 180 and 8-2 to provide-5a tightrfi-nish along thisgjoining .line. A bottom flange 1:9 also is held. tightly against the lower edge of the body portion 40 as shown in Figure 5.

v as shownfin-iFigure 8 the top panels 40 are supported on longitudinal angle members BI and 83 which sare provided openings to accommodate woodtscrews '85 and 81 which are screwed from inside the :cabinets'up into the under surface of the panels 40 to tightly hold them in place.

The corner top 'ipie'ce 88 shown in Figure 6 is provided with .re'artrim or edgin'gs like 54 so as to he iiush 'withthe wall and the two sideed'ges Bil stare left hnfinl'shed. They areprefferably provided'with' d'owelopenings 94, 916, 98 :and

Hill for the reception of dowel pins I02 and I04 which dowel pins are elongated and are ribbed longitudinally so as to firmly engage and grip'the walls of the openings 9 9'6, 98 and H19, and to nrmlyuni'tethe other-top sections. In addition the front of the "corner, as shown inv Figure 6', of the "top section '88 is notched and the notch is provided with a front :ehromium plated "sheet metal edging of substantially curved cross section as shown at I 66. Thettop edge T08 of this edging likewise is imbedded into a groov'e in the linoleum to form a sealed contact. .JTh'is curved edging I66 overlies the top of the grooved central portion 39 of the "base corner angle and makes a very pleasing finish. 'Il'his corner top whichis covered with a single piece of linoleum its is not only cemented to the wall by means of the recessed portion '58 of the two rear :e'dgings 54 but is likewise supported by the top portion 3i] and tops of the :flanges 32 and 313 "of the basal corner angle, and in addition-the corner top is supported by means of the dowel pins 592. 194 of the section i2 and the dowel pins l t-ll and H2 or the adjacent top section I M. Before the corner and one or two top sections are united together as shown inuFigure 7., the side wa-l'ls of thelinoleum 42 thereof are covered with a waterproof cement so that when the two top sections are dowelled together as shown in Figure 7 the cement will occupy the j'unctionbetween the contiguous faces ofthe linoleum to cement it firmly together. Experience has shown that in the use of the cabin-et after aperi'od of time these cemented together raw edges of the linoleum between two top sections will practically become as one, working together so that the junction will scarcely be visible and the junction will also be accordingly rendered completely waterproof, moistureprooi, and dustproof.

By referen-c'e to Figure 2, I have shown a con struction wherein there are a plurality of underlying :c'abinets such as H8, H3 and F32. An elongated top 25 is out to length to cover the cabinets Ht and-H8. In addition there is provided a corner top 88 and still another elongated top is out to cover the additional cabinet 22 which is disposed at right angles to the aligned cabinets H6 and I 1'8. In the case of the cabinet :22 it will have its own out length of cover section d2 which is coextensive in length with the underlying cabinet E22. However the top I28 for the two cabinets H5 and H8 is made or out to a length on thejob coextensive with the combined lengths of the two cabinets so that there is a plywood body'extending the overall length of the two juxtaposed cabinets, covered with .a piece mg the flange Of th -front'ed'g'mg an d 5 of 'lino'l'eum'andtrimmed along parallel front and back edges coextensive with the length of the two cabinets and joined as before described by dowels to one of the inturned faces 90 or 92 of the corner top 88. In this way, a dealer can carry a few top pieces of longer lengths of tops and then cut them to meet his requirements and thus actually reduce his inventory. Also, the junction of adjacent cabinets in this instance is completely eliminated by the use of the single-piece i2l3 overlying top with its single-piece linoleum top so that in this instance there is not even present a cemented together junction between two separate linoleum top pieces.

In all installations an elongated top, substantially ninety-six inches long, such as l 32, see Figure I1, is preferably prefabricated at the factory in the manner hereinbefore described and carried to the point of installation and there sawed or cut transversely through the top and back and rear to desired length so that it will extend across and cover any number of desired juxtaposed cabinets. This top i32, of course, includes the one-piece linoleum top 32 and the front and rear trim, but the ends are left unfinished. except for the dowel holes 6d and 86 at each end, as hereinbefore set forth. In a construction such as illustrated in Figure 9, the top I32 may be selected of such length that it is longer than the cabinet 32 whereby the top projects beyond the cabinet and contacts the adjacent wall. It is understood that this piece is sawed off or cut off so that it just fits the desired space, in the present instance the space between the wall and the opposite end of the cabinet lZt, thereby overlying the cabinet I24 and also the top flanges of the particular front scriber plates l26-i28 that cover the void between the front of this cabinet and the end of the adjacent wall. In a divisional application I have shown the details of construction of these front scriber plates and how they are manufactured to fill the gap between the end of the cabinet and such adjacent wall.

Figure 3 shows another type of installation which includes two corner members 33, and the other arrangements of underlying cabinets such as M6, M3, i553, i52 and I54, all made in accordance with the principles of the present invention. This installation shows two corners 88, spaced apart, and an elongated single top piece cut to length to cover and close the tops of the two aligned cabinets IE2 and IE4 and makin a dowelled tight joint with the edge of the corner 88. In additicn there is another length of top out to snugly fit between the two corners 83 and cover the tops of the aligned cabinets M8 and :5 and joined to the dowelled edge of the second corner 88. So also there is a third section of elongated top piece which covers the open topped cabinet I46 and is dowel jointed to the opposite end of the last mentioned corner 88 in the manner hereinbefore described. Thus in the installation shown in Figure 3, by using two top corners 83 and cutting off a length of preformed top which is exactly dimensioned to cover the cabinets wt and ltd and the cabinets Hi8 and i582, and then cutting on or selecting another top piece of sufilcient length to cover the cabinet 146, an installation such as shown in Figure 3 may be provided. This, it is of course understood, will be installed by dowelling the raw meetin edges of the elongated top sections and the corner sections 88 together and adhering the abutting out edges of the waterproofing top covering together whereby to provide a substantially continuous,

uninterrupted surface for the cabinet installations. As has been heretofore explained, the raw edges of the linoleum, when out off and adhered together by means of an adhesive, provide a linoleum cover that in time will become practically as one working together so that a junction will scarcely be visible, and the junction will thus be rendered completely Waterproof, moistureproof and dustproof, and the dowels which enter the underlying wooden laminations 40 will hold them tightly together in abutting flush relationship.

Obviously the invention is not limited to the specific details of construction disclosed herein but is capable of other modifications and changes without departing from the spirit and scope of the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. An article of manufacture for forming a top section for a kitchen cabinet comprising a body having at least four sides, a layer of moistureresistant, somewhat yieldable material adherent to the upper surface and extending flush with two of the sides of said body, a facing overlying the vertical walls of the opposed front and rear sides, said facing being bent over the top edge thereof and having its free edge imbedded into the material of the top adjacent the margin thereof, the yieldable material extending flush to the edge of two of the other sides, the other two sides of the body being unfinished and provided with spaced apart fastener receiving openings therein extending substantially aparallel to said marginal facings, said body and metal of the top and facing being formed of materials that readily can be cut by ordinary carpentry tools.

2. A prefabricated top strip for kitchen cabinets adapted to be cut to desired length at the point of installation comprising an elongated, rigid wooden body section having substantially parallel front and rear edges and substantially parallel opposed ends disposed at substantially right angles to the front and rear edges thereof, said body section carrying an adherent, continuous sheet-like top covering of moisture-resistant material, metallic trim finishing the front and rear edges of said body section and said covering, the moisture-resistant covering being unfinished along its two remaining marginal walls, said trim and covering being formed of materials that readily can be cut by ordinary carpentry tools, and said foundational body section at each of said unfinished marginal walls being formed with a plurality of fastener receiving holes therein extending substantially parallel to said trim.

3. A prefabricated top strip-like section for kitchen cabinets comprising an elongated, rigid section formed substantially of laminations of wood including horizontally; disposed laminations, said laminations of wood providing opposed marginal walls disposed in pairs at substantially right angles one to the other, said rigid section at the top carrying an adherent continuous sheet-like covering of moisture-resistant said metallictrim and covering being formed,

"of" materials that readily can be, cut. by ordinary carpentry tools. r

4. A preferabricatedcorner top section; for

kitchen cabinets comprising a foundational body section'generallyrectangular in plan section and having normally disposed front marginal walls and a pair of normally disposed marginal; rear walls, said body section carrying an adherent covering of continuous sheet-like moisture-resistant material, trim'fmishing said; two rear walls, the junction of said; front marginal walls being cut off to provide a fifth marginal wall: at

the corner, trim finishing said fiftl' marginal a li, said. two normally disposed front marginal walls beingunfinished and provided in the body sections thereof with fastener receiving openings identicallydisposed with respect to the dimension of each such w'a-llz 5. A trim for a kitchen cabinet top comprising 7 water-tight joint therewith.

6. In a cabinet installation including, a; substantially, verticalwall and, a substantially-horizont li te e ab net p h ving a coverin f repellent materiaLsaidcabinet topbeing-disposed adiacent. said wall with a po t on f a dwell extendingupwardly from said top, an elongated trim. comprising a body portion disposed substantially vertically between said wall and said cabinet top, the upper edge of said body portion extending above said cabinet top and being bent outwardly from said wall adjacent the covering of said cabinet top and then bent again toward said wall to form a sealing composition receiving pocket between said body portion and the portion of said wall extending upwardly above said top, the upper edge of said bent portion being folded downwardly at an acute angle with respect to said bent portion, the free end of said folded portion being reversely bent toward said wall, and said reversely bent portion being imbedded in the repellent covering on said cabinet top.

7. In a cabinet installation for installation against a substantially vertical wall, and including a substantially horizontal kitchen cabinet top having a covering of resilient material, said cabinet top being disposed adjacent said wall, an elongated trim for said cabinet top comprising a body portion disposed substantially vertically between said wall and said cabinet top, the upper edge of said body portion extending above said cabinet top and being bent outwardly from said wall adjacent the covering of said cabinet top and then bent again toward said wall to form a sealing composition receiving pocket, a member interconnected with said body portion and extending the longitudinal length thereof, and a longitudinally extending free edge formed on said last mentioned member and being imbedded in the resilient covering on said cabinet top.

8. A top for kitchen cabinets comprising a pair of substantially rectangular bodies aligned and abutting each other, a composition water repellent top adhered to the upper surface of said bodies, said bodies and tops being formed of materials media hat. readily ca e out by ordinarycarpentry ools the. abutting; d es of said bodies havin coaxial registering" apertures therein and juxtarposed in alignment dowel "pins disposed in said apertures to hold said bodies inaligninent, said composition tops presenting; abutting raw edges when said: rectangular bodies are placedin juxtaposition; said raw- 'edgesbeing' united after a period of useof'th'e kitchen cabineti top by work;- ing; into each otherjwhereby to form a continuous water repellent surface f or said cabinet top.

9;, A top"for kitchen cabinets comprising a pair of" substantially rectangular bodies abutting, each othen acompos'ition water repellent top adhered to the upper surface of said bodies, said bodies and composition tops; being formed of materials that readily canbe cut by ordinary carpentry tools, the abutting edges of said, bodies having registering apertures, therein. and juxtaposedj'in alignment, dowel pins disposed'jin-said apertures to hold"saidbodiesin alignment, the abutting composition tops; presenting raw, edges,the' edges of the composition top on said bpdies being held injcontiguousjrelationship, and abodyjof cemengtitious' materialv disposed between: the raw, edges of said composition top to form a continuous liquid repellent surface for said kitchen cabinet top;

10; An article for forming tops for kitchen cabinet to be cut to, desired length. atthe point installation omp n an el n ated: substantially rectangular body, said? body. havinga pair of" spaced apart longitudinally extending apertures formed" therein at; the ends thereof, andja continuous unbroken composition, covering ad; hered' to; the top ofsaidibody' andivextendine flush with said-ends of said body; said body, and covering beingformed of materials that readily can be cut by ordinary carpentry tools.

11. An article for forming tops for kitchen cabinets to be cut to desired length at the point of installation comprising an elongated substantially rectangular body, said body having a pair of spaced apart longitudinally extending apertures formed therein at the ends thereof, the material of construction of said body being capable of cutting with ordinary carpentry tools, and a continuous unbroken composition covering adhered to the top of said body, the edges of said composition covering extending transversely with respect to said body being raw and uncovered, the

material from which said composition covering is made being such that juxtaposed raw edges will unite when urged together to form a continuous unbroken surface and being such that it readily can be cut by ordinary carpentry tools.

12. An article for forming tops for kitchen cabinets to be cut to desired length at the point of installation comprising an elongated substantially rectangular wooden body, a continuous unbroken linoleum covering adhered to the top of said wooden body, said body having spaced apart longitudinally extending apertures formed at each end thereof, the edges of said linoleum covering disposed transversely of said body being raw and uncovered, said linoleum covering being made of material such that a pair of juxtaposed raw edges when urged together will unite to form a continuous surface.

13. A pre-fabricated corner top section for kitchen cabinets comprising a body generally rectangular in plan section and having normally disposed front marginal walls and a pair of normally disposed marginal rear walls, a covering of continuous sheet-like moisture-resistant ma .terial adhered to said body, thejunction of said vfifth marginal wall at the corner, said two normally disposed front marginal walls being unfinished and provided in the body thereof with fastener receiving openings, said covering extending flush to the edge of the front marginal ,walls and being left unfinished.

15. A top for kitchen cabinets comprising an elongated first top section adapted to be cut to desired length at the point of installation, and a corner piece, said first top section including a body having a pair of spaced apart longitudinally extending apertures formed in the ends thereof, a continuous unbroken composition covering adhered to the top of said body, said body and covering being formed of materials that readily can be cut by ordinary carpentry tools, the edges of said composition covering at the end of said body extending to the'edge thereof and being raw and uncovered, said corner piece including a body section generally rectangular in plan section and having normally disposed front marginal walls and a pair of normally disposed rear marginal walls, a continuous unbroken composition covering adhered to the top of said body section, the

vjunction of said front marginal walls being'cut off to provide a fifth marginal wall at the corner, said two normally disposed front marginal walls being unfinished and provided in the body section thereof with fastener receiving apertures, one of the ends of said first top section being disposed against one of said front marginal walls, the apertures in said end and said front marginal wall being aligned, and dowel pins disposed in said apertures to hold said first top section and said corner piece in alignment, the raw unfinished edges of the covering at said end and said front marginal wall being urged together to form a continuous unbroken surface.

HARVEY G. KNUTH.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification108/42
International ClassificationA47B77/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47B77/022
European ClassificationA47B77/02B