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Publication numberUS3000512 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 19, 1961
Filing dateJun 9, 1959
Priority dateJun 9, 1959
Publication numberUS 3000512 A, US 3000512A, US-A-3000512, US3000512 A, US3000512A
InventorsMaynor Harry W
Original AssigneeMaynor Harry W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Basement pipe tables and shelves
US 3000512 A
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P 1961 H. w. MAYNOR 3,000,512


Harry W. Maj nor ATTD R N EYS hired-States;

This invention relates to tables or shelves, and more particularly to tables or shelves which are adapted to be supported on the usual posts or underpinnings which are found in basements of homes and other buildings.

The object of the invention is to provide a table construction or shelf construction which utilizes the existing posts or underpinnings which are found in basements wherein a highly effective and convenient means is provided for supporting the tables themselves and wherein the tables and shelves can be used for any desired purpose.

Another object of the invention is to provide tables or shelves for connection to the under-pinning or posts such as those posts which are found in the basement of a home, and wherein the tables or shelves may be of the type which can be readily folded up when not being used so that the entire assembly will occupy a minimum amount of space for storage when the same is not being used for any desired purpose.

A further object of the invention is to provide basement pipe tables and shelves which are extremely simple and inexpensive to manufacture.

Other objects and advantages will be apparent during the course of the following description.

In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this application, and in which like numerals are used to designate like parts throughout the same:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view illustrating one form of the table or shelf which can be supported by a basement under-pinning.

FIGURE 2 is an elevational view of the device shown in FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 3 is an elevational view illustrating a modification, wherein two platforms are supported on a post.

FIGURE 4 is a sectional view taken on line 4-4 of FIGURE 3.

FIGURE 4A is a perspective view illustrating one of the members which makes up a clamp for the device of FIGURE 4.

FIGURE 5 is a fragmentary elevational view illustrating a modification.

FIGURE 6 is a sectional view taken on line s-e of FIGURE 5.

FIGURE 6A is a perspective view illustrating one of the members which make up the clamp illustrated in FIGURE 6.

Referring in detail to the drawings, and more particularly to FIGURES l and 2 of the drawings, the numeral 10 indicates a vertically disposed post or underpinning such as that which is usually found in the basement of a home, and connected to the post 10 is a clamp which is indicated generally by the numeral 11. The clamp 11 includes a pair of generally arcuate or curved members 12 which are fastened together by means of securing elements such asbolts 14 which extend through ears 13 on the ends of the members 12. A pin 15 is adapted to be extended through the post 10 below the clamp 11 so as to provide a supporting device for the clamp in order to insure that the clamp does not slip down past the desired point on the post 10.

Extending upwardly from the clamp 11 and secured thereto as by welding, is a plurality of inclined braces 16, and the braces 16 have flat horizontal portions 17 on their upper ends. The numeral 19 indicates a horiatet zontally disposed table or shelf or platform which is provided with a central opening 20 through which extends the post 10, and the platform 19 includes a pair of coplanar sections 21 which may be fastened to the horizontal portions 17 of the braces 16, as for example by means of securing elements such as screws 18. The numeral 22 indicates a clamp or supporting device which is arranged immediately below the platform 19, and the clamp 22 includes curved members 23 which are fastened together as at 26. The clamp 22 further includes flat portions 24 which are adapted to be fastened below the platform 19 as for example by means of securing elements 25.

. Referring nowto FIGURES 3, 4, and 4A of the drawings, there is illustrated a modification, wherein a pair of superimposed platforms or tables or shelves are supported on a post such as the post or underpinning 27 which may be arranged in the basement of a home. Each of the platforms is indicated generally by the numeral 28, and the numeral 29 indicates a supporting clamp for each platform 28. The clamp 29 embodies curved members 30 which have cars 31 on their ends and are fastened together as for example by means of bolt and nut assemblies 352. The clamps 29 further include horizontal portions 33 which are adapted to be fastened to the sections 35 of the table 28, as for example by means of screws 34. Rods 36 have their ends 37 arranged in engagement with openings 37 in the sections 35 of the platform 28, and the rods 36 are provided with threaded portions 38 which have bushings 39 arranged in threaded engagement therewith.

Referring now to FIGURES 5, 6, and 6A of the drawings, the numeral 40 indicates vertically disposed posts or under-pinnings which have a platform or table or shelf 41 supported thereby, and the numeral 42 indicates clamps which engage the posts 40. The clamps 42 include arcuate members 43 which surround the posts 40, and as shown in FIGURE 6A there is provided ears 43 which have openings 43" therein, and horizontal portions 44 extend from the members 43 and are fastened to the lower surface of the platforms 41 as for example by means of securing elements 45. Bars on the ends of the arcuate members 43 may be fastened together by means of bolt and nut assemblies 46.

From the foregoing, it is apparent that there has been provided a table or shelf structure which is especially suitable for use in a basement or the like wherein the posts such as the post 10 are ordinarily found. These posts 10 are of the type which are usually supporting the beams or other structures in basements of homes, and it will be seen that as for example as in FIGURES 1 and 2 a platform or table 19 can be conveniently supported by the post 10 and the platform 19 is supported by means of the clamp 11 and the clamp 22 as well as the braces 16. This arrangement thus utilizes the existing post 10 as support for the platform 19, and the platform 19 can be used for any desired purpose.

In the modifications in FIGURES 3 and 4 two platforms 28 are supported by a single upright post 27, and the platforms 28 are supported by the clamps 29. The rods 36 help maintain the sections 35 in their proper aligned positions, and the bushings 39 can be tightened on the rods 36 so as to maintain the necessary tension on the parts.

In the modifications of FIGURES 5 and 6, the table 41 or platform 41 is shown being supported by a plurality of the posts '40, and the posts 40 may have clamps such as the clamps 42 connected thereto for supporting the platform 41.

The parts can be made of any suitable material and in difierent shapes or sizes.

Thus, it will. be seen'that there has been provided a means for utilizing posts or pipes such as the four inch pipes which are used as under-pinnings in most modern homes as a base for tables and shelves. These tables or shelves have unlimited uses whether for decorative or practical purposes as for example when basements are being remodeled for recreation rooms.

, The sections of the platform or tables can. be secured together by means of Wood screws, bolts, or by Welding and brazing, depending upon the material being used. The pipe couplers or clamps include metal straps with protruding ears through which bolts are passed for clamping. purposes. The complete coupler could be stamped or forged in one piece if desired and the entire table and coupler could also be molded. in one piece of aluminum or synthetic material in certain instances. The

tables may be made of different shapes, and as for example they can be square, rectangular, oval or oblong and they may be made of Wood, metal, synthetic material or the like. Smaller diameter platforms or tables may be used as shelves and several maybe clamped on. a single pipe. Braces can be used wherever desired or required. The pins, such as the pins 15 function as safety devices and may have a chain. attached thereto so asto prevent accidental loss of the pins. These pins may be inserted through holes which are drilled in the pipes. The positions of the bushings 39 and rods 36 provide a means for adjusting the tension on. the rods 36 and these rods 36 function as braces to help maintain the platforms in their proper positions, and in order to prevent tilting or accidental shifting of the parts.

Minor changes in shape, size and rearrangement of 4 details. coming. within the field of inventionv claimed may be resorted to in actual practice, if desired.

I claim:

In a device of the character described, a vertically disposed post, a pair of superimposed platforms each provided with central openings for the projection therethrough of said post, clamps fastened below said platform and including arcuate portions surrounding. said post, each or" said platforms including a: pair of horizontally disposed coplanar aligned sections, and connecting devices comprising pairs of rods having end portions connected to said pair of sections, said rods having threaded portions and bushings engaging said threaded portions.

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U.S. Classification108/151
International ClassificationA47B57/00, A47B57/26
Cooperative ClassificationA47B57/26
European ClassificationA47B57/26