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Nov. 5; 1959 J. T. KENNEY 2,911,016
PAINT CAN HOLDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Dec. 18, 1957 iiif INVEN TOR. (/AMES 7. KEN/V5) Nov. 3, 1959 J. 'r. KENNEY 2,911,016
PAINT cm HOLDER Filed Dec. 18, 1957 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR. u/wzs 7." KEN/V6) A 7'7'ORNEY United States. Patent PAINT CAN HOLDER James T. Kenney, Woodbridge, Conn. j ikpplicatiou December 18, 1957, Serial No. 703,585 2 Claims. (01. 141-328) ice outer ends 22 of which are bent upwardly to embrace the bottom edge of a paint can P.
The funnel 12 is preferably constructed of sheet metal in the shape of a conical frustum, and the lower end 23 of said funnel is of such size as to fit for a short distance within the open top end of the paint can P. Secured against the outer surface of the funnel 12, as by welding or soldering, is a single wire support member 24 which extends downwardly from the funnel 12, and is adjustably clamped to one of the downwardly extending-portions 17 of the wire support and handle member 11 by means of a U-shaped slide clamp 25, having aligned apertures through which said members 17 and 24 extend. A horizontal set screw 26 passes through the end of the clamp to hold the funnel support member 24 in adjusted position, said set screw having a wing shaped handle to facilitate the manipulation thereof.
Operation the funnel 12 will be raised sufiiciently to permit insertion The principal object of my present inventionis to provide an improved paint can holder of the above nature, which is greatly simplified in structure and yet superior in performance.
A more particular object is 'to provide a paint, can holder of the'above nature in which the can body support member and handle are integrally-formed of a single length of heavy wire.
4 Anotherobject is to provide a paint can holder of the character described, which is easy to manufacture, inexpensive, lighter in weight than prior holders of the same class, and very eflicient and durable in use.
Other objects, features and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description when read with reference to the accompanying drawings wherein:
Fig. l is a top view of a paint can holder embodying the invention, shown fitted in a paint can represented in broken lines,
Fig. 2 is a side elevational view thereof,
Fig. 3 is a front elevational view thereof,
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the paint can holder, shown attached to a can of paint and ready for use, and
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of a modified form of paint can holder and funnel having an upper brush holder integral with the funnel supporting member, and an alternate form of slide clamp.
Referring now in detail to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals denote corresponding parts throughout the several views, the improved paint can holder embodying the invention, is designated generally by the numeral 10, and comprises an integral can support and handle member 11, a sheet metal funnel 12, and an adjustable clamp member 13 interconnecting said support and handle member 11 and said funnel 12.
The can support and handle member 11 is formed of a single length of heavy wire bent into U-shape at its central portion as indicated at 14, to form spaced, parallel vertical side handle portions 15, each of which is reversely bent into Ushape at its upper end 16, and has a pair of spaced, downwardly-extending inner portions 17 which are parallel to and spaced inwardly from the side handle portions 15.
The lower ends of the inner portions 17 are each bent lateral-1y, in opposite directions, as indicated at 18, to provide inclined portions 19, the lower ends of which are bent forwardly at 20 to provide a pair of horizontal,
of the can of paint P, from which the friction lid has previously been removed, into the support and handle member 11, so that said can will rest upon the horizontal bottom portions 21 within'the upwardly-extending side portions 22 thereof. In this position, the can P will also engage against the downwardly-extending portions 17 and the inclined portions 19 of the support and handle member '11. The set screw 26 will then be tightened to hold the funnel 12 at any desired elevation to facilitate the-insertion of the can P. After placement of the can P in the holder 11, the set screw 26 will again be loosened and the funnel 12 lowered until its lower end 23 is located below the top opening of the paint can P and tightly fitted therein. While holding the funnel 12 in this position the set screw 26 will again be tightened to lock the funnel 12 in position.
One advantage of the paint can holder embodying the present invention is that it provides a convenient means for holding a can of paint while painting even by a woman with a small hand who cannot conveniently grasp said can. The handle fits into the hand naturally, and fatigue is thereby lessened, and the danger of dropping the paint can is avoided.
Another advantage is that the funnel 23 serves several purposes. First it functions to lock the can in its holder as described above. It also provides a wide downwardly tapering opening to facilitate insertion of paint brushes of various widths. It also provides a means for scraping excess paint from the brush in such a manner that it will run back into the can instead of into the friction sealing groove at the top of the can. The exterior surface of the paint can will also be kept clean, thereby reducing the chance of paint dripping or getting on surfaces not to be painted, when the can is set down. The funnel also permits pouring paint from the can while grasping the handle and facilitates mixing of the paint without splashing.
Modified form In Fig 5 of the drawing, a modified form of holder for the cylindrical paint can P is indicated generally by verging lower sections 34 and 35, terminating in horizontal forwardly-extending bottom sections 36 and 37.
The forward ends of the sections 36 and 37 are provided with upstanding vertical lugs 38, which are adapted to embrace the bottom edge of the can P.
At the top of the inner support wires 33, provision is made of a pair of inverted loops 39, 40, which are connected at their outer ends to a U-shaped depending rear handle loop 41, similar to the loop 14. of the first form of the invention.
Provision is also made of a Wire paint brush holder 42, which comprises a pair of diverging, horizontal resilient S-shaped arms 43, 44, which are inwardly concave to receive the handle of a paint brush, not shown.
The horizontal arms 43, 44 are provided with outwardly bent ears 45, 46 to facilitate the insertion of the handle of the paint brush into the holder 42.
The brush holder 42 is also provided with a pair of depending angular arms 47, 48, the lower ends of which abut with each other and are welded or soldered to the outside of the funnel 32.
The arms 47 and 48 are provided attheir lower ends with a pair of rearwardly-extending horizontal sections 49, t which are in abutment with each other, and terrninate in a depending loop 51, both legs 52, 53 of which are embraced by the vertical sides 54, 55 of a U-shaped locking clamp 56. A short bolt 57 is mounted in both sides 54 and 5'5 of the clamp 56 between the legs 52, 53 to lock them securely in position. However, if de sired the clamp 56 may be welded to the legs 52 and 53. Provision is also made of an elongated horizontal set screw 58 located in the end of the clamp 56 and having a triangular wing handle 59 at the outer end thereof.
While there have been illustrated and described herein two forms in which the invention may conveniently be embodied in practice, it is to be understood that these forms are given by way of example only, and that the invention is not to be limited thereby, but may be modimeans for supporting a paint can, a handle integral with said can supporting means, a funnel, the smaller lower end of which is of such diameter as to fit snugly within the open top of a paint can, means for adjustably securing said funnel with respect to said can supporting means in axially spaced relation above the paint can supported therein, said handle and can supporting means being composed of a single length of bent stiff wire, including a pair of spaced apart vertical members, and a U-shaped clamp for adjustably securing said funnel supporting member to one of said pair of spaced vertical members.
2. In a device in the class described, a holder for a cylindrical paint can having a detachable top cover, said holder having a handle, a funnel adjustably secured to said holder above the open end of said can, a U-shaped brush holder secured to said can holderand extending above the top of said can for supporting the bristles of said brush within said can, and-a U-shaped screwclamp for detachably locking said funnel and said brush holder in adjusted position upon said can holder.
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