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Publication numberUS3319958 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 16, 1967
Filing dateMar 15, 1965
Priority dateMar 15, 1965
Also published asUS3477716
Publication numberUS 3319958 A, US 3319958A, US-A-3319958, US3319958 A, US3319958A
InventorsBender Louis
Original AssigneeBender Louis
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pool table with hollow reinforcing rim constituting pocket connected ball conveying means
US 3319958 A
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May 16. 1967 L. BENDER 3,319,958 POOL TABLE WITH HOLLOW REINFORCING RIM CONSTITUTING POCKET CONNECTED BALL CONVEYING MEANS Filed March 15, 1965 5 Sheets-Sheet 1 FIG.

I0 115' W, 1 I16 17 INVENTOR L095 EN E BY ATTORNEYS.

May 16, 1967 1.. BENDER 3,319,958

POOL TABLE WITH HOLLOW REINFORCING RIM CONSTITUTING POCKET CONNECTED BALL CONVEYING MEANS Filed March 15, 1965 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 FIG. 3.

INVENTOR LOUIS BENDER BY Lima 6 ATT RNEYS.

May 16, 1967 L. BENDER LOW REINFOHCING RIM CONS 3 t e e h 6 M s I t T e U 6 T h I S T5 9 POOL TABLE WITH HOL POCKET CONNECTED BALL CONVEYING MEAN Filed March 15, 1965 Twm R L M V! Y RN T O N T8 R S 0 E V w T WL FcJ Y. 8 mm United States Patent P601. TABLE WITH HOLLOW REINFORCING RIM CONT1TUTKNG POCKET CONNECTED BALL CONVEYiN-G MEANS Louis Bender, 606 Crescent Ave., Plainfield, NJ, 07060 Fiied Mar. 15, 1965, Ser. No. 439,901 12 Claims. (Cl. 27311) This invention relates to pool tables and especially to light weight portable and storable pool tables.

One of the prime requisites of a good pool table is a level fiat plane surface which shows little or no tendency to warp. Such surfaces are generally provided by slabs of slate although tables of a more inexpensive variety have been made employing plywood or compressed paper board as the playing surface support. Irrespective of the material employed for the purpose of supporting the playing surface, pool tables as employed today are generally large and extremely heavy, especially when high quality slate supporting surfaces are present. Thus, they are not readily portable or storable, as may be desired. Furthermore, such pool tables are usually quite expensive.

Many efforts have been made to construct light weight portable and readily storable pool tables for home use. While the portability and storability of such tables are readily achievable, generally speaking, the quality of such a table is so low as to make it difficult if not impossible to play a game resembling pool on a high quality pool table. That is to say there is generally quick warpage of the playing surface which results in a very poor playing table.

It is therefore one object of the present invention to provide a new and improved pool table which is inexpensive to produce and which provides a relatively rigid playing surface.

Another object of the present invention is the provision of a new and improved low cost pool table having pockets integrally formed therein together with a sloping runway for carrying calls which fall into such pockets down to a central ball receiving area.

Still another object of the present invention is the provision of a new, inexpensive and light weigh-t pool table.

Yet another object of the present invention is the provision of a new and improved base for a pool table support surface which is light weight and inexpensive.

The above and other objects, characteristics and features of the present invention will be more fully understood from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying illustrative drawings.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a pool table embodying the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken along the line 2-2 in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a bottom FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a top plan view of the bottom half of the pool table base;

FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken along the line 5-5 in FIG. 1; and

FIG. 6 is a front end view of the pool table.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, and particularly to FIG. 1 thereof, the pool table embodying the present invention is generally designated by the reference numeral 10. Pool table 10 includes a base 12 and a foldable or collapsible leg support structure 14. The base 12 is made of an upper portion 16 and a lower portion 18 which are joined together in a manner to be described hereinafter. The leg support structure 14 consists of two pairs of interconnected legs one pair being designated by the reference numeral 20 and the other by the plan view of the pool table of "ice reference numeral 22. Leg pair includes two legs 24 and 26 which are integrally joined at their tops by a cross piece 148. Leg pair 22 includes two legs 28 and 30 which are integrally joined at their tops by a cross piece 156. Legs 24 and 26 are braced on either other by tie rods 32 and 34 and legs 28 and 30 are braced on each other by tie rods 36 and 38. The manner of securing the pairs of legs to the table base 12 will be described subsequently in this specification.

As previously stated, the base 12 of pool table 10 comprises an upper portion 16 and lower portion 18. Both upper and lower portions 16 and 18 are preferably vacuum formed from a suitable thermoplastic material such as, for example, polymethylmethacrylate; vinyls such as polyvinylchloride, vinylchloride, Vinyl acetate copolymer; acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene plastics; styrene homopolymers and copolymers; polyolefins such as polyethylene, polypropylene, all of which may be filled or unfilled, and other suitable thermoplastic materials. The presently preferred material is styrene. Portions 16 and 18 could be otherwise formed such as by injection molding. The upper portion 16 is provided with a rectangular planar surface portion 40 with an upwardly extending concave peripheral marginal portion 42. The peripheral marginal portion 42 is formed by an upwardly vertically extending marginal wall 44 which is bent into a short downwardly extending wall 46 that terminates in a horizontal surface 48 of short extent that is integral with another upwardly extending wall 50. The portions 46, 48 and 50 define a recess 52 for receiving the bumper 54 to be described in greater detail hereinafter. The upwardly extending peripherally continuous wall 56 terminates at its upper edge in an outwardly and downwardly extending surface 56 which at its lower edge (which is substantially coplanar with surface 46) is provided with an outwardly bent peripherally continuous marginal flange 58.

The lower base portion 18 includes a rectangular, horizontal surface portion 60 which is broken by a number of longitudinally extending V-shaped grooves 62 which are vacuum formed in the bottom portion 18 as by providing two downwardly and inwardly extending groove wall portions 64 and 66 which terminate in an integrally formed horizontal groove bottom 68. As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, there are eight longitudinally extending grooves 62 although any suitable number may be provided. The purpose of the longitudinally extending grooves 62 in the bottom horizontal surface 60 is to stiffen the bottom horizontal surface 60 against flexure in the longitudinal direction. The horizontal surface 60 is of substantially the same marginal extent as upper horizontal surface 40 and is surrounded by a downwardly extending concave peripherally continuous marginal portion 61 of like width as top concave portion 42. Concave portion 61 includes a downwardly extending wall portion 70 which curves at its bottom into a horizontally extending track forming portion 72. The left hand end of the track portion 72 as viewed in FIG. 2 is integrally connected with a downwardly extending wall 74 which in turn is integrally connected with the outer wall 76 having at its upper edge an outwardly extending flange 78 in surface-to-surface relation with the flange 58. The downwardly extending portion 74 and the lower part of the outer wall 76 of bottom 18 form a skirt 80, the purpose of which is to give a uniform height to the entire base 12 of the pool table 10 notwithstanding the fact that portion 72 of the base 18 slants from the rear end of the table to the front. This slanted track is designated on one side of the central receiving portion 82 by the reference numeral 84 and on the other side by the reference numeral 86.

The central ball receiving recess or station 82 is formed substantially wholly in the bottom portion 18 of base 12 and has a base portion 88 and a rear wall portion 91 both of which are formed integrally with the bottom 18. The base 88 is shown disposed below the bottom of the skirt 80 formed by the downwardly extending wall portion 74 and the outer wall 76. A large aperture 90 is provided in the side wall 76 of the front 92 of the base 12, which aperture 90 is adapted to permit the insertion of a players hand for the removal of balls from ball receiving station 82. It will be seen that the ball tracks 84 and 86 are in direct communication with the central ball receiving station 82 and, as will be understood more fully hereinafter, as balls move down the tracks 84 and 86 they will drop into the central ball receiving station 82. In the top portion 16 of base 12, principally in the upwardly extending marginal concave portion 42, are six ball receiving apertures or pockets 94, 96, 98, 100, 102 and 104, a small portion of each of which is provided in the horizontal surface 40 of top portion 16. Those parts of each of the pockets 94 to 104 inclusive which extend through the marginal concave portion 42 of top 16 are defined by arcuate vertically extending walls 106, 108, 110, 112, 114 and 116, respectively. Each of the apertures 94 to 104, when the base is assembled in the manner to be described hereinafter, is in register with track 84 or 86 in the bottom part 18.

As is customary with all quality pool tables, cushions are provided along the marginal wall 44 of the playing surface of the pool table to permit balls impinging against said marginal wall to bounce therefrom in accordance with the play of the game. One of the major problems that has been encountered in previous inexpensive pool tables is that of obtaining sufiicient bounce or resiliency in the cushions. In accordance with the present invention the cushions 54 are made of a suitable highly resilient material such as rubber or neoprene or, preferably, ethylene copolymer in an extruded form having a substantially rectangular base portion 118 with an inwardly directed horizontal portion 120 which terminates in a downwardly curving lip 122 located to fend a ball 124 off from the wall 44 and to impart to any ball impinging thereagainst substantial bounce. Of course, the cushion could be injection molded. The rectangularly cross-sectioned base portion 118 is of slightly larger transverse dimension than the width of the bumper receiving cavity 52 so that when it is forced into the cavity 52, it will remain so positioned by virtue of friction. That is, it is pressfitted into cavity or groove 52. Of course, other means of securing the bumper to the table may be employed such as adhesives, staples, screws, etc. Moreover, base portion 118 need not be solid as shown. It could be grooved if desired. Pocket deflectors 107, 109, 111, 113, 115 and 117 may be provided at the upper edge of each of the arcuate downwardly extending wall portions 106 to 116 respectively surrounding the pockets 94 to 104, respectively, which deflectors are shaped to deflect any ball impinging thereagainst downwardly to insure that a ball being hit into a pocket will not bounce out of that pocket. To provide a suitable surface for the pool playing a piece of felt is glued to the upper surface of horizontal base portion 40 and, preferably, to the upwardly extending vertical marginal wall portion 44. The felt surface is shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 5 and is designated by the reference numeral 126.

To construct a pool table base 12 in accordance with the aforedescribed structure, a sheet of suitable thermoplastic material is placed in a mold for forming the top part 16, the sheet of thermoplastic material is heated and a vacuum is drawn to cause the upper part 16 to be formed as previously described. After cooling and removal from the mold, the six apertures 94 to 104 defining the pockets are punched out of the sheet. Thereafter, the felt which has been precut to conform to the shape of the rectangular playing surface, as modified by the pockets 94 to 104, is laid over the surface which has been theretofore suitably coated with an adhesive and is accordingly glued to the top surface of horizontal support 40 and to the vertically extending marginal wall 44. Then the cushions 54 are placed between the pockets 94 and 96, 96 and 98, 98 and 100, 100 and 102, 102 and 104, and 104 and 94 by pressing their rectangular base portions 54 into the recess 52 in the concave part 42 of the upper base portion 16. The arcuate downwardly acting deflectors 107, 109, 111, 113, and 117 are similarly connected around their associated pockets.

In a parallel operation, the bottom part 18 of base 12 is also vacuum formed in a conventional manner from a thermoplastic sheet in accordance with the aforedescribed construction. After removal from the vacuum forming mold, the aperture 90 in the central ball receiving station 82 is punched or otherwise cut out of the front wall of the bottom part 18, that is, wall 92.

In accordance with the present invention the upper and lower parts 16 and 18 are now joined. The joining of these two parts is accomplished by coating the lower surface of horizontal portion 40 and, if desired, the upper surface of horizontal portion 60, with a suitable adhesive such as, for example, epoxy, rubber resin contact cement, and so forth. After the adhesive is applied to portion 40, the horizontal portion 60 of bottom part 18 is pressed into adhering relation therewith, the two parts being aligned so that their outwardly extending flanges 58 and 78 are in register around the entire periphery of the table base 12. At the completion of the gluing step the top and bottom portions 16 and 18, respectively, are joined at their flanges 58 and 78 in any suitable fashion such as by adhesives or rivets or the like. Preferably, however, the joining of these two flanges is accomplished by means of staples 128. After stapling of the flanges 58 and 78 around the entire marginal extent thereof is accomplished, a resilient protector with a V-shaped cross section may be disposed about both joined flanges to provide for protection and improved appearance. This V-shaped member is herein designated by the reference numeral 130. Of course, other means, such as metal channels, may be employed to cover the connected flanges 58 and 78.

By providing two relatively thin plastic sheets in laminar adhering relation, as is true of the parts 40 and 60 of the top and bottom portions 16 and 18 of base 12, and by surrounding these glued together surfaces by a hollow marginal box-like portion 132 defined by the upwardly extending concave portion 42 of top 16 and the downwardly extending concave portion 61 of the bottom 18 which portion 61 is defined by the wall portions 70, 72, 74 and 76 previously described, a construction is achieved which yields great rigidity of the playing surface of the pool table, notwithstanding the considerable flexibility of the component parts. This rigidity is not materially weakened by the provision of the apertures 94 to 104 for the pockets of the pool table nor by the provision of the aperture 90 for the central ball receiving station in the bottom of the base 12.

As previously noted, the pockets 94 to 104 register with the tracks 84 and 86. It has also previously been stated that the tracks 84 and 86 slope toward the central ball receiving station 82. That is, the tracks 84 and 86 slope from the rear 134 of the table to the front 92 of the table so that balls dropping into, for example, the pocket 100 will drop into the track 86 which slopes toward the central ball receiving station 82 whereby to cause the ball to roll down the track 86 and into said ball receiving station.

A suitable scoring means may be provided on the table 10. As shown in FIG. 6 the scoring means are disposed at the front 92 on upwardly extending concave portion 42. Scoring means 125 includes two rotatable discs 127 with indieia 0 to 9 on each and an index means to indicate the appropriate numerical indicia. Other scoring means may be employed.

In accordance with another feature of the present inven-tion, the transverse rigidity of the base 12 can be increased by the provision of several transversely extending grooves in a manner similar to the longitudinal grooves 62 previously described. The transverse grooves are here shown as four in number, and are designated by the reference numerals 136, 138, 140 and 142. It will be seen that grooves 136 and 138 are in the nature of a closely spaced pair with an upwardly extending depression or recess 144 therebetween. Likewise, the grooves 140 and 142 are a closely spaced pair with a recess 146 therebetween. The recesses 144 and 146 may be employed as a means for attaching the leg pairs 26 and 22 to the bottom of the base 12. This is most conveniently effected by forming the legs 24 and 26 as the vertically extending parts of integral U-shaped leg assembly 2%} having a horizontal part 148, which horizontal part 148 fits into the groove 144 with some clearance and which is held in the groove for rotation as by two straps 150 and 152 both of which are connected to the bottoms of transverse grooves 136 and 138 by any suitable means such as by bent over upstruck portions, or rivets or the like. Such connecting means are designated by the reference numeral 154. Likewise, the legs 28 and 30 are vertically extending parts of a U-shaped leg assembly 22 in which the horizontal portion is designated by the reference numeral 156 which horizontal part is received with some clearance inside of the space 146 between the two transverse grooves 140 and 142. Suitable strap means 158 and 160 overlie the horizontal portion 156 of the U-shaped leg assembly to hold the horizontal part 156 in the recess 146 for rotation therein. The straps are connected by means 154 previously described.

It will be seen that the two leg assemblies are pivotally mounted on the base 12 of the pool table. This provides for a complete collapse of the pool table if desired. However, when the pool table is to be in useable condition with the legs in the condition shown in FIG. 1, means must be provided to releasably hold the two leg assemblies in such condition. These means are .angularly extending rods 162, 164, 166 and 168 which are pivotally connected respectively to the legs 24, 26, 28 and 30. The free ends of each of the rods 162 to 168 are provided with transversely inturned portions 170 which are adapted to fit into apertures 17?. in the vertically extending part of angle brackets 174 secured to the bottom surface of horizontal portion 6% of the bottom part 18 of base 12. As shown herein the means for securing the angle brackets 174 are rivets 17 6 although, clearly, other securing means could be employed. Thus, it will be seen that when it is desired to set up the pool table 19 for use the U-shaped leg assemblies are pivoted to a right angle position relative to the base 12 in which position the rods 162, 164, 166 and 168 are flexed to permit their inwardly bent end portions 170 to come into register with the apertures 172 in the angle brackets 174 and thereupon are guided through said apertures under the urging of the resiliency of the rods themselves. With the in bent end portions so disposed in the apertures 172 the legs are held in fixed vertical position. When, however, it is desired to put the table away, as in a closet or the like, all that need be done is to flex the inturned end portions 170 of the rods 162 to 168 out of the apertures 172 of the angle brackets 174 thereby unlocking the legs and permitting the folding of the legs into substantial surface-to-surface relation with the bottom of base 12. It should be noted that in accordance with the presently preferred construction, each of the legs 24 to 30 inclusive is provided with an adjustable foot 178 which is threadedly mounted in a suitable fixture 180 pressed into the bottof of each of the legs. By providing the adjustable feet 178 good leveling can be achieved for the playing surface of the table.

Of course, if desired, the leg assembly 14 can be completely deleted without departing from the present invention. That is to say, the base 12 can be employed by itself as on a suitable support such as a kitchen table or the like.

From the foregoing description it will be seen that I have devised a novel pooltable which is comprised mainly of two thin sheets of relatively flexible thermoplastic material which have been vacuum formed. When the vacuum formed sheets are joined together, they form a central planar support surface and a box-like marginal portion surrounding the support surface. The assembled structure is extremely rigid and substantially non-warping. This construction is inexpensive to fabricate and extremely light weight thereby making it readily portable or storable. In addition, I have provided a new and improved cushion for ,a pool table, which bumper gives substantial bounce due to its special lip construction. Further, I have provided means for stiffening my table construction by providing longitudinal ridges and trans verse ridges, the latter of which also provide means for mounting folding legs thereon. All of these features are accomplished with a minimum of labor and materials in an inexpensive fashion to yield a very loW cost, light weight, readily portable, readily storable pool table.

While I have herein shown and described the preferred form of the present invention and have suggested modifications therein, other changes and modifications may be made therein within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the spirit and scope of this invention.

What is claimed is:

1. A base for a pool table, comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion comprising a horizontal planar part of rectangular periphery surrounded by an upwardly extending downwardly concave marginal portion including an upwardly extending wall along the periphery of said horizontal planar part, said lower portion comprising a horizontal planar part surrounded by a downwardly extending upwardly concave marginal portion whose outer peripheral edge is in substantial register with the outer peripheral edge of said upper marginal portion, said downwardly extending concave marginal portion defining ball track return means that is slanted toward a ball receiving station, means permitting access from outside said table base to said ball receiving station, means for connecting aid horizontal parts to one another, means for connecting said outer peripheral edges of said marginal portions to one another in surface-tosurface relation, said upper portion having aperture means therein in registry with said ball track return means.

2. The table base of claim 1, wherein said aperture means comprises six apertures, four of said apertures being located adjacent the four corners of said upper horizontal planar part and the remaining two apertures being located midway along the longitudinally extending sides thereof.

3. The table base of claim 2, wherein the major portions of said apertures extend through said upper marginal portion and the minor portions extend through said upper horizontal planar part.

4. The table base of claim 3, wherein vertically extending arcuate walls surround those portions of said apertures extending through said upper marginal portion.

5'. The table base of claim 3, in which said horizontal parts are in close confronting relation, and the means for connecting said horizontal parts is adhesive, and the means for connecting the outer peripheries of said marginal portions in surface-to-surface relation is distributed along said outer periphery.

6. A base for a pool table, comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion comprising a horizontal planar part of rectangular periphery surrounded by an upwardly extending downwardly concave marginal portion including an upwardly extending wall along the periphery of said horizontal planar part, said lower portion comprising a horizontal planar part surrounded by a downwardly extending upwardly concave marginal portion whose outer peripheral edge is in substantial register with the outer peripheral edge of said upper marginal portion, means for connecting said horizontal parts to one another, means for connecting said outer peripheral edges of said marginal portions to one another, said upper portion having six apertures therein, four of said apertures being located adjacent the four corners of said upper horizontal planar part and the remaining two apertures belng located midway along the longitudinally extending sides thereof, said lower horizontal planar part having a plurality of depending longitudinally extending ridges.

7. The table base of claim 6, wherein all parts of said upper portion are integral and all parts of said lower portion are integral.

8. A base for a pool table, comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion comprising a horizontal planar part of rectangular periphery surrounded by an upwardly extending downwardly concave marginal portion including an upwardly extending wall along the periphery of said horizontal planar part, said lower portion comprising a horizontal planar part surrounded by a downwardly extending upwardly concave marginal portion whose outer peripheral edge is in substantial register with the outer peripheral edge of said upper marginal portion, means for connecting said horizontal parts to one another, means for connecting said outer peripheral edges of said marginal portions to one another, said upper portion having six apertures therein, four of said apertures being located adjacent the four corners of said upper horizontal planar part and the remaining two apertures being located midway along the longitudinally extending sides thereof, portions of said apertures extending through said upper marginal portion and portions of said apertures extending through said upper horizontal planar part, said upper marginal portion including vertically extending arcuate walls surrounding those portions of said apertures extending through said upper marginal portion, said upper marginal portion having grooves extending substantially parallel to and closely spaced from said upwardly extending wall thereof and from arcuate wall to arcuate wall, and a plurality of resilient cushions, one for each groove, each of said cushions including a base portion press-fitted into its associated groove and a lip portion extending outwardly over said horizontal planar part.

9. The table base of claim 8, wherein said lip is downwardly curved.

10. The table base of claim 8, and deflector means at the top of each of said arcuate walls for deflecting objects caroming thereotf downwardly into the associated aperture.

11. A base for a pool table, comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion comprising a horizontal planar part of rectangular periphery surrounded by an upwardly extending downwardly concave marginal portion including an upwardly extending Wall along the periphery of said horizontal planar part, a lower portion comprising a horizontal planar part surrounded by a downwardly extending upwardly concave marginal portion whose outer peripheral edge is in substantial register with the outer peripheral edge of said upper marginal portion, said upper and lower horizontal parts being of substantially the same peripheral size and shape and being in close confronting relation, said lower horizontal part being provided with a plurality of longitudinally extending depending grooves, the parts of said upper portion being integrally formed from a plastic sheet, the parts of said lower portion being integrally formed from a plastic sheet, adhesive means for securing said horizontal parts to one another throughout substantially their entire confronting surfaces, distributed means for connecting the outer peripheral edges of said marginal portions to one another, said upper portion having six apertures therein, four of said apertures being located adjacent the four corners of said upper horizontal planar part and the remaining two apertures being located midway along the longitudinally extending sides thereof, the major portions of said apertures extending through said upper marginal portion and the minor portions extending through said horizontal planar part, said upper marginal portion further including vertically extending arcuate walls in surrounding relation with those portions of said apertures extending through said upper marginal portion, said upper marginal portion being further provided with grooves extending substantially parallel to and closely spaced from said upwardly extending wall thereof and from arcuate wall to arcuate wall, and a plurality of resilient bumpers, one for each groove, each of said bumpers including a base portion press-fitted into its associated groove and a lip portion extending over said horizontal planar part, said lower marginal portion defining a central ball receiving station at one end of said base, and said lower marginal portion further defining track means in registry with said apertures and sloping from said other end of said base to said ball receiving station.

12. A base for a pool table, comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion comprising a horizontal planar part of rectangular periphery surrounded by an upwardly extending downwardly concave marginal portion including an upwardly extending wall along the periphery of said horizontal planar part, a lower portion comprising a horizontal planar part surrounded by a downwardly extending upwardly concave marginal portion whose outer peripheral edge is in substantial register with the outer peripheral edge of said upper marginal portion, means for connecting said horizontal parts to one another, means for connecting said outer peripheral edges of said marginal portions to one another, said upper portion having six apertures therein, four of said apertures being located adjacent the four corners of said upper horizontal planar part and the remaining two apertures being located midway along the longitudinally extending sides thereof, portions of said apertures extending through said upper marginal portion and portions of said apertures extending through said upper horizontal planar part, said upper marginal portion including vertically extending arcuate walls surrounding those portions of said apertures extending through said upper marginal portion, said upper marginal portion having grooves extending substantially parallel to and closely spaced from said upwardly extending wall thereof and from arcuate wall to arcuate wall, and a plurality of resilient cushions, one for each groove, each of said cushions including a base portion disposed within its associated groove and a lip portion curving downwardly from the top of the base portion of the cushion toward said upper horizontal planar part, and means for securing said cushion base portion within said groove.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification473/15, 428/131, 473/31, 108/27, 473/29, 473/22, 108/160, 273/DIG.200, 108/131
International ClassificationA47B95/04, A47B25/00, A63D15/00, A47B13/08
Cooperative ClassificationA63D15/00, A47B95/04, A47B25/00, Y10S273/02, A47B13/083, A63D15/06
European ClassificationA63D15/06, A47B13/08C, A63D15/00, A47B95/04, A47B25/00