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Publication numberUS2887705 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 26, 1959
Filing dateOct 14, 1957
Priority dateOct 14, 1957
Publication numberUS 2887705 A, US 2887705A, US-A-2887705, US2887705 A, US2887705A
InventorsHarry Serwer
Original AssigneeHarry Serwer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paint receptacle
US 2887705 A
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United States Patent O This invention relates generally to painting accessories, and is especially directed to accessories for use in paint ing wherein the paint is applied'v by a roller.

' As is well known to. those versed in the art, the application of paint by a roller requires the use of a pan, pref,-

erably generally llat and supported in an inclinedposition for containing paint.. lThe roller is immersed into the contained paint, to absorb a'quantity of the paint. in

order to prevent dripping, a portion of the absorbed paint may be removed by` rolling the roller from the pool of paint at the lower end of the pan, upward along the bottom wall4 thereof. In practice, vit` has` been found that often the pancannot be usedagain with a different color paint as it cannot be suilcient cleaned to remove all of theinitial color paint employed. therein. r, i-f it is possi ble to sufficiently clean theV pan, this requires considerable effort and inconvenience. Hence, it has become the practicev to frequently discard the pans andpurchase new ones, which of course is an expensive procedure.

Accordingly, it is one object of the present invention to provide a paint-holding container for use in painting ed to` be received a supporting tray and there contain f paint to be applied. by a roller, which is extremely simple in `construction andf use, and economical *to manufacture.`

Other objectsof the present invention will becomev apparent upon reading the` following specificationmand re- 2,887,705 Patented May 26, 1959 sembled tray and insert in accordance with a modification n of the present invention.

with a roller, which container eliminates the need for ferring tothe accompanying drawings,`.which'formia mateiial part ofthis disclosure. Y i s The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements, `and' 'arrange ments ofparts, which will be exemplified in theconstruction hereinafter described, and of which the yscope will be indicated by thel appended claims.

ln the drawings: `Figure l is' aL plan` view-` showing a blanlcadaptedV to belformed into aVpaint-holdinginsert of the present inve ntion Figure 2 is a top perspective view of'the paint-lflold` inge insert in its erected condition;

Figure 3: is an exploded, side elevational view showing thefi'nsercand insert-receiving tray; Figure. 4 isz a topiplan View of the supportingl tray; Figure 5 is a top perspective viewishowingf the insert-l andl trayfini` their operative condition:A of use; and-w Figure 6' is apartial perspective viewshowing the as Referring now more particularly to the drawings, and specifically to Figure l thereof, the blank, there generally designated 10, is fabricated of a single sheet of stiff, but bendable material, preferably good quality sized pa- Y perboard, or other suitable material impermeable to liquids. The blank 10 includes a central main portion 11 of generally rectangular configuration bounded by panallel,

longitudinally extending side folds or scores 12, andV parallel laterally extending end folds or scores 13 and 14. Each of the end folds 13 and 14 extends between adjacent termini of the side folds 12, substantially normal thereto. A pair of generally rectangular end panels 15 and 20 are respectively hingedly connected to opposite ends of the main panel 11 by folds 13 and 14, and are kboth laterallycoextensive with the main panel. More particularly, the end panel 15 is bounded by the lfold.

line 13, and edge 16 extending parallel to the fold line outward thereof longitudinally of the main panel, and parallel folds or creases 17 each extending between adjacent termini of the folds 13 and edge 16, and each in end-to-end alignment with a respective fold or crease l2. The end panel 2G is defined within the fold or crease 14, an outer fold. or crease 21 extending parallel to the fold 1.4 `and spaced outward therefrom longitudinally of the main panel, and a pair of folds or creases 22 each extending between adjacent termini of the :folds 14 and 21, and each in end-to-end alignment with a respective fold 12. As may be observed in Figure l, the end panel 15 has a smaller dimension longitudinally of the main panel 11 than the end panel 20, so that there is less distance between the edge 16 and fold 13 than between the folds 21 and 14.

A pair of substantially identical side panels 25 extend respectively along opposite sides of the main panel 11 each being hingedly connected to the main panel by a fold 12 and longitudinally coextensive therewith. Each of the side panels 25 is dened within one of the folds `the folds 27 areof a length equal to the folds 17, while lthe folds 28 tare of a length equal to the folds 22; that is, the folds 27 are shorter than the folds 23, and each bounding edge 26 diverges from its adjacent fold 12 in i the direction from the adjacent fold 2'7 to the adjacent 4fold 23. Stated otherwise, each. of the panels 2S tapers in the direction longitudinally of the main panel il from itshfold 28 to its fold 27.

Approximatelyrectangular gussets 3i] are located adjacent to and extend outward from each corner of the main panel 1l, located between and being hingedly connected to the panels'lS and 25 by the folds 17 and'2'7. in`

addition', each of the gussets 3th is providedV with a fold' 31 extending from the innerl section of folds 13 and i2, substantially bisecting the angletherebetween. Similar', but, larger gussets 3.3V extendfoutward 'from corners of @the main panel 11 between folds 22 and 28 and are hingedly connected to said folds. In addition,` each of the gussets 33 is provided with a fold` or crease 34 extending outward from the Vintersection of folds 12 and 14 and substantially bisecting the `angle therebetween.

A generally rectangular extension `or panel 35 is hingedly connected to the fold 21. and extends there` from longitudinally outwardy with respect vto the main panel 11. The extension 35 maybe laterally coextensive j with the end panel 20 and is preferably provided one or more through apertures 36. The main panel 11 is preferably formed, in a region remote from the end fold 14 with a plurality of spaced, generally laterally extending raised scores or ribs. As seen in Figure 1, the scores or ribs 39 extend in substantial parallelism with each other, each assuming the configuration of anvinverted V. T-hus, it will be appreciated that the regions 40 between each adjacent pair of ribs 39 define generally laterally extending recesses or channels each opening at its opposite ends generally laterally outward and toward the adjacent end fold 13.

In Figure 2 the blank 10 has been erected to form a liner generally designated a. More specifically, the side panels 25 have been folded upward along their folds 12 substantially normal to the main panel 11; and, the end panels and 20 have been folded upward along their respective folds 13 and 14, substantially normal to the main panel. Thus, the main panel 11 defines a bottom wall, and the upstanding side panels 25 form side walls on the bottom wall, while the end panels 15 and define end walls on the bottom wall. The gussets 30 and 33, being oldable along their central folds 31 and 34, are further folded into and preferably adhesively or otherwise secured in facing engagement with an adjacent one of the side or end walls. In the illustrated embodiment of Figure 2, the folded gussets 30 are secured to the end wall 15, while the folded gussets 33 are secured to the end wall 20. Obviously, this gusset construction makes the corners of liner 10a entirely leak-proof.

As the side panels of blank 10 are of increasing lateral dimension in the direction toward end panel 20, and as the lateral end panel is of greater dimension 1ongitudinally of the main panel 11 than the end panel 15, it is understood that the resulting liner will be of increasing depth in the direction from end wall 15 to end Wall 20. Stated otherwise, the side walls 25 are substantially identical and of gradually increasing height longitudinally of the bottom wall, so that the liner is of gradually increasing depth throughout its longitudinal extent. In the erected condition of the liner 10a, the extension or flap 35 is preferably bent to project generally longitudinally outward of the bottom wall 11, as best seen in Figures 2 and 3.

A supporting structure or tray generally designated 45, is employed in conjunction with the liner 10a and illustrated in Figures 3, 4 and 5. For purposes of economy and lightness in weight, the support 45 is preferably fabricated of wire to define an openwork structure of substantial rigidity. In particular, the support 45 includes a generally fiat openwork bottom wall 46 of a generally rectangular configuration approximately congruent to that of the liner bottom wall 11. Extending along each longitudinal side of the bottom wall 46, substantially coextensive therewith and approximately normal thereto is an upstanding side wall 47. An upstanding end wall 48 extends along one end of the bottom wall 46, substantially normal thereto, terminating at the side Walls 47; and, an opposite upstanding end wall 49 extends laterally along the other end of the bottom wall, substantially normal thereto, between the side walls 47. A pair of elevating support members or legs 50 depend from the bottom wall 46 adjacent to the end wall 49, so that the structure 45 may be supported in an inclined position on an approximately horizontal surface, as at 51 in Figure 3.

On the other end wall 48 of the support 45, extending longitudinally outward therefrom and disposed laterally thereof is a loop or carrying handle 53. In addition, a pair of wire members 54 project upward from the end wall 48 and have their upper end regions 55 bent outward, longitudinally of the structure 45, and downward, in a hooked formation.

It will now be appreciated that the structure 45 defines an upwardly opening tray adapted to conformably receive the liner 10a. Further, in the associated relationship of the liner 10a and tray structure 45, as seen in Figure 5, the hooked members or projections 54 are interengaged through the apertures 36 of the extension 35 to prevent inadvertent disassembly of the tray and liner. As the relatively shallow end region of the liner 10a adjacent to the end wall 15, is elevated in the operative condition of Figure 5, by the legs 50, it follows that the relatively deep end region of the liner adjacent to the end wall 20 will contain a pool of paint 56 convenient for reception of the roller 57. I f it is desired to remove some of the paint received in the roller by submergence in the pool 56, this may be done by rolling the roller on the upper region of the liner bottom wall 11. The ridges 39 then serve to insure rotation of the roller for more even distribution of the paint in the roller. Also, the ridges or ribs 39 and their intermediate channels or recesses 40 serve to retain small quantities of paint, which is useful when it is desired to apply only a small quantity of paint to the roller, or in the full utilization of all of the paint.

Of course, it is necessary that the liner blank be fabricated of sheet material impervious to liquid under the usual operating conditions, and that the material have sutlicient stiffness to maintain the proper liner configuration while supported on the openwork tray 45 and containing a maximum amount of paint.

In the modified embodiment of Fig. 6, the tray 45b is provided at its lower end with an upstanding handle or loop 53b of generally inverted U-shaped configuration having a pair of depending legs 60. The flap or extension 35b, of the liner or insert 10b, corresponding to the extension 35 of the insert 10a, is provided with a pair of keyhole shaped apertures or perforations 36b each opening at its smaller end through the longitudinally outward edge of the extension and laterally spaced apart a distance equal to the lateral spacing between the legs 60. Thus, as illustrated in Fig. 6, the apertures 36b respectively receive the legs 60 to retain the liner or insert in position within the tray. By this embodiment, the projection or hook 55 has been eliminated, and the element 53b serves both as a handle and for retaining interengagement the liner extension.

What is claimed is:

l. A paint-holding container comprising in combination; a generally rectangular wirework tray having a substantially at bottom and a peripheral upstanding wall disposed generally normal to the bottom, legs depending from said tray adjacent to one end thereof to support said tray in an inclined position on a generally horizontal surface, and an upstanding projection on the wall of said tray at the other end of the latter; and a liner removably received conformably within said tray and fabricated of a single sheet of stiff bendable liquid-impermeable cardboard cut, scored and bent to define a generally rectangular bottom wall, a pair of substantially identical side walls ou respective opposite sides of said bottom wall, said side walls being of gradually increasing height from one end to the other end of said bottom wall, a pair of upstanding end walls on opposite ends of said bottom wall extending between said side walls, and an extension on the upper edge of the liner end wall adjacent to said other tray end removably receiving said projection to retain said liner in position in said tray.

2. A container according to claim 1, said upstanding projection including on its upper end an outwardly and downwardly extending hook, and said liner extension being provided with an aperture engageable over said hook to receive said projection.

3. A container according to claim 1, said upstanding projection comprising an inverted generally U-shaped handle having the distal ends of its legs fixed to said tray,

and said liner extension being provided with notches for receiving the legs of said handle.

References Cited in the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,098,053 Porter May 26, 1914 1,188,092 Myers June 20, 1916 1,965,138 Dunlap July 3, 1934

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U.S. Classification15/257.6, 206/557, D32/53.1, 220/495.2, 220/570
International ClassificationB44D3/12
Cooperative ClassificationB44D3/126
European ClassificationB44D3/12J