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R. w. SITLER 2,857,229
LOCKER SUPPORT Filed Nov. 4, 1954 Oct. 21, 1955 LOCKER SUPPORT I Richard W. Sitler, St. Charles, 11]., assignor to Aurora Equipment Company, Illinois Application November 4, 1954, Serial No. 466,750 2 Claims. (Cl. 312--253) Aurora, 111., a corporation of sity of the locker to tip forward.
Another object of this invention is to provide an ornamental supporting member which enhances the over-al appearance of a locker cabinet.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a locker support which is capable of resisting the accumulation of dirt and water under the locker.
A still further object of this invention is to provide an ornamental member capable of hiding the bottom edge of the cabinet or locker front. I a
In accordance with the general features of this invention, there is provided a cabinet bottom support comprising a member having a horizontal leg on which the cabinet base is adapted to rest with the weight of the cabinet on the leg and a generally vertical leg for hearing against the cabinet front at an area spaced substantially upwardly from the horizontal leg and a connecting section connecting the vertical leg outwardly from the horizontal leg for holding the vertical leg upwardly spaced from the horizontal leg, the legs and section comprising integral portions of a common stripand with the vertical leg suspended over and between the ends of the horizontal leg.
Another feature of the invention relates to providing the cabinet support with a vertical leg tightly bearing against the cabinet front, behind and concealed by said section, and resisting tipping of the cabinet by virture of the weight of me cabinet resting on the horizontal leg.
Yet another feature of the invention relates to providing the foregoing cabinet support with legs connected 1 together by an angled section comprising integral portions of a single metal strip.
Other objects and features of this invention will more fully appear from the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings which illustrate a single embodiment thereof and in which: I
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a metal locker equipped with and highlighting my novel locker support;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary perspective view of my novel locker support per se;
Figure 3 is a fragmentary side view of a locker and my novel locker support'illustrating how the locker support counter-balances the door structure when the door is opened, the door in open .position being shown in dotted lines;
Figure 4 is a plan view of my end closure blank; and Figure 5 is a sectional view taken on the line V -V of Figure 1.
As shown on the drawings: 7 Referring to Figure 1, reference numeral 10 designates generally my novel locker support mounted to extend under the base 11 of a locker orcabinet 12. It will be appreciated that the locker support 10 is especially adapted United States Patent 0 ice to overcome the locker tipping forward when the door 13 is opened and closed (Figure 3).
' While the instant invention has been illustrated and is, in fact, especially adapted to be used in connection with my specific design of-locker shown in Figure 1, it can readily be seen that the locker support could be used in conjunction with other cabinet structures without departsection 16 is of such extent as to conceal the vertical leg 15 from view when it is in abutting contact with the locker base 11. a
As is best seen in Figure'3, it will be appreciated that the legs '14 and 15 inconjunction with the connecting, section 16 have especially desirable features.
The horizontal leg 14 not only serves to broaden the base when fastened to the locker base 11, but further,
deters water and dirt from accumulating under the locker.
base 11; The vertical leg 15 can be optionally adapted, if madeout of a suitable resilient material, to provide a resilient, relatively formfitting surface when applied against the front' wall 17 of the locker base 11.
"Lastly,- the section 16 not only connects the two legs 14 and 15 but is amaterial component'in resisting any top-heavy tendency of the locker door 13, to tip, especially when the door 13 is in open position, as is illustrated by dotted lines in Figure 3. For illustration, in a locker construction where the locker is shallow, and the door is wider, when the door is opened the locker has a tendency to fall forward because of the heavy weight of the door as compared with the locker. The present locker support extend outward from the front face 17 of the base 11 such as 1", 1 A, or 1%" depending on the relative proportions of the locker and door.
Still further, the section 16, serves to give a highly ornamental 'efiect especially since it hides the bottom edge of the base 11.
Referring now to Figures 4 and 5 it is seen that my novel locker support 10 may optionally be provided with an end closure cap 19. While only the left hand cap has been shown it is understood that caps are to be used on both ends of my novel locker support and are substantially identical in construction.
The novelcap 19 has a main closure wall 20 and three integral tabs, namely, 21, 22 and 23. Figure 4 shows by dotted lines how the tabs are to be deformed, and Figure 4 shows how the tabs when in final form lie in a plane generally perpendicular to the end closure wall 20 and telescope the end of support 10 so as not to detract from the external appearance of the latter.
It will be further perceived from Figure 5, that my novel closure cap 19 is substantially enclosed within the confines of the support 10, and each of the tabs has a vertical cross section closely approximating that of the corresponding surface of the locker support 10. Such a closure has been found to substantially rigidify the locker support 10 while further serving to keep debris and water from accumulating within the support 10.
When applying my locker support 10 to a cabinet or locker such as illustrated in the drawings, since the locker base is often times of a metal construction, the locker support 10 which may be made of a similar material, can be either welded or bolted to the locker base 11. That is, it is contemplated that the vertical leg 15 should be suit- Patented Oct. 21, 1958 3. ably connected to a front wall 17 of base 11 and at the same time, the horizontal leg 14 may be suitably joined with a bottom 18 of the base 111. V
The end closure cap 19 may be applied. to the locker support 10 by any suitable means and preferably, if the support and cap are made of, metal,- may be welded'together. In addition, if desired, the tab 2'1 of the cap 19 may be welded or otherwise suitably secured to the front Wall 17.
While I have, illustrated my section member 16 to be of a, relatively convexly curving arcuate segment, it of course might, without departing from the novel scope of the present invention, be of a concavely curving segment.
As here illustrated, it is seen that the metal locker support 10 has been adapted to be used with a single locker or cabinet 11. It is perceived that the support 10, if so desired, could be so elongated as to be usable with a series of lockers in banked relation to one another. Such use of support 10 would have the added advantage of selfaligning the lockers, 10 with each other and further, of holding them in fixed aligned relation.
It will be understood that modifications and variations may be effected without departing from the scope of the novel concepts of the present invention.
I claim as my invention:
1. In combination with a cabinet of the locker type, a stabilizing support comprising a one-piece element having a wide horizontal base leg extending forwardly of the cabinet front a substantial distance and partially be: neath and secured to the cabinet bottom, a vertical leg spaced above the base leg and disposed in abutment with and secured to the front. of the cabinenand a curvate portion connecting the upper edge of the vertical leg 4 with the outer edge of the horizontal leg, whereby said element stabilizes the cabinet against forward tipping.
2. In combination with a cabinet of the locker type, a stabilizing support comprising a one-piece element having a wide horizontal base leg extending forwardly of the cabinet front a substantial distance and partially beneath and secured to the cabinet bottom, a vertical leg spaced above the base leg and disposed in abutment with and secured to the front of the cabinet, and a curvate portion connecting the upper edge of the vertical leg with the outer edge of the horizontal leg, whereby said element stabilizes the cabinet against forward tipping, and end caps having inwardly turned flanges telescoped in the ends of said element and secured thereto.
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