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G. SAKIER 3,
HOLDER FOR TUBES OF PAINT OR OTHER SUBSTANCE June 11, 1968 Filed Aug. 24, 1966 GEORGE SAKIER f ATTORNEYS.
3,387,810 HfiLDER FOR TUBES OF PAINT OR OTHER SUBSTANCE George Salder, Sagaponaek, NY. 11962 Filed Aug. 24, 1966, Ser. No. 574,670 3 (Ilaims. (Cl. 248-108) ABSTRACT 6F THE DISCLOSURE Article holding apparatus having a fixed member with a series of openings therein and a plurality of independently adjustable fastening members having openings of substantially the same size as the openings of the support member and movable into and out of registration therewith for clamping articles of the same or ditferent sizes.
Summary of the invention This invention is a holder for independently holding and releasing a plurality of objects of the same size or of different sizes and includes a support member having a series of openings therethrough and a plurality of independently adjustable fastening members with one fastening member for each opening of the support member. Each fastening member has an opening of substantially the same size as one of the openings in the support member and such fastening member is adjustable so that the openings can be moved into register with each other to permit an article to be inserted or moved out of register with each other to clamp the article in fixed position. Articles of diilcrent sizes can be accommodated merely by moving the fastening member so that the openings are out of registration by different amounts.
Another object of the invention is to provide a rack or holder in the form of a support having a series of open ings for the insertion and retention of objects with quickly releasable securing means and with said rack or holder swingable substantially 270 from a position of use to a position of non-use as well.
Another object of the invention is to simplify the holding for use of multiple objects such as tubes of paint or other substance selectively needed by an artist or painter usually with a palette on which the paint is arbitrarily discharged, and to provide a holder by means of which the several objects may be readily secured in place or removed, said rack or holder swingable into a position of use with ends of tubes open to a position of non-use where the ends of tubes are sealed.
Other objects and advantages will be apparent from the following description considered in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIG. 1 is an end view of the invention;
FIG. 1A is an end view of the invention;
FIG. 2, a top plan view;
FIG. 3, a side elevation with the wing nuts removed;
FIG. 4, an enlarged section on the line 4-4 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 5, an enlarged fragmentary plan view;
FIG. 6, a detail plan view of the tube fastener; and,
FIG. 7, a section similar to that of FIG. 4 of a modified form of the invention.
With continued reference to the drawing the holder of the present invention includes a box or container 10 havin g upright sides 11 and a cover 12. The box 10 is adapted to contain a series of objects or tubes 13 containing viscous materials such as artists or painters colors. The tubes 13 are of conventional construction with reduced tubular externally threaded discharge portions 14. These discharge portions 14 usually are fitted with screw caps, not shown, which require finger manipulation in order States Patent 3,387,810 Patented June 11, 1968 to remove the same so that the contents of the tubes may be extruded or expelled by applying pressure to the exterior of the tube with the fingers.
In holders previously provided the threaded discharge ends of the tubes were screwed into correspondingly threaded openings in the holder. This required uniform diameter and pitch of the threads on tubes and because of the wide variety in diameter and pitch of the threads and the nozzles of existing commercial tubes a costly and elaborate system of adapters was required in order to accommodate the many different sizes. Also in the traditional method of preparing a palette an arbitrary amount of the contents of each tube was squeezed out of the tube onto the palette and only a portion used, resulting in substantial waste by the discarding of excess material discharged from the tube onto the palette, whereas in this method the color is discharged only when and in the quantity needed.
The present invention may be mounted in a box or container to, or to the edge of any work table or panel 10A as in H6. 1A, and is a holder composed of a mounting flange or element 15 to which is hinged a supporting plate or member 16 having a series of equally spaced apertures 17 for receiving the reduced portions 14 of the tubes 13.
In order to fasten the reduced portions 14 within apertures 17 and additional plate 18 is provided having apertures 19 corresponding in size to and in registration with the apertures 17 in the plate 16. The plate 18 is fastened to the plate 16 by means of a series of bolts and nuts 20 with a washer or spacer 21 about each of the same to provide space for the reception between the plates 16 and 18 of fastening collars 22. To each collar 22 is fixed a screw 23 having a wing nut 24 thereon by means of which the collar can be moved from a position concentric with the apertures 17 and 19 to exert pressure or produce a binding action on the discharge portions 14 of the tubes contained thereon. In this illustrated construction, in order to accommodate the screws 23, the plate 18 is provided with slots 25 which also extend through openings 27 in a flange 26 which serves to strengthen the plate 18. The screws 23 extend through the slots 25 and the openings 27 and the wing nuts 24 engage the flange 26.
From the foregoing it will be apparent that with the mounting flange 15 attached in any desired manner, as, for example, by rivets 28 to the upright side 11 of the box or container 10, the supporting plate 16 and associated plate 18 may be disposed in horizontal position exteriorly of the box It) with the tubes 13 depending in convenient position for access as illustrated in full lines in FIG. 1, or such plates may be moved or swung through an arch of approximately 270 to a substantially vertical depending position within the box 10 as illustrated in broken lines in FIG. 1, in which position the tubes are substantially horizontally disposed with the tube openings closed against a surface, thus protecting and preventing drying up of the contents of the tubes 13.
If desired, instead of the wing nuts 24 the collar 22 may be urged out of concentricity with the apertures 17 and 19 by means of a rod 23 substituted for the screw 23, such rod being provided with a head 29 between which end and the flange 26 a spring 30 is confined under tension. Also if desired a cover plate 31 may be provided for the plate 16 and the discharge portions 14 of the tubes 13 and therefore forming a part of the hinge.
It will be apparent from the foregoing that a simple practical rack or holder is provided which will materially simplify the maintenance of tubes in a convenient and readily accessible position with the application and removal of such tubes easily accomplished and resulting in a saving in time and contents of the tube in the use of the same and that the rack or holder may be attached to a box or container, to the edge of a work table, portable panel, or other surface.
It will be obvious to one skilled in the art that various changes may be made in the invention without departing from the spirit and scope thereof and therefore the invention is not limited by that which is illustrated in the drawing and described in the specification, but only as in dicated in the accompanying claims.
What is claimed is:
1. Apparatus for independently holding and releasing a plurality of objects of the same size or of different sizes comprising a support member having a series of openings of a predetermined size, a plurality of fastening members carried adjacent to said support member, one fastening member being located adjacent to each opening of said support member, each of said fastening members having an opening corresponding to one of the openings of said support member, means slidably mounting said fastening members on said support member, and means on each of said fastening members for slidably moving the same relative to said support member, whereby each of said fastening members can be moved until the opening therein is substantially in register with one of the openings in said support member and closely adjacent thereto so that an object can be inserted through the aligned openings and thereafter said means for slidably moving said fastening members is operated to move the opening in said fastening members out of register with the opening in said support member and thereby clamp objects of the same size or difierent sizes in fixed position.
2. The structure of claim 1 in which said support member includes a pair of plates connected together in spaced generally parallel relation, and each of said fastening members includes a collar plate located between said pair of plates.
3. The structure of claim 1 including spring means normally urging said fastening members toward one side of said support member so that the openings are out of registration.
References. Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,869,717 8/1932 Silver 211-74 2,414,942 1/ 1947 Glazer 294-8726 FOREIGN PATENTS 499,916 6/ 1930 Germany.
ROY D. FRAZIER, Primary Examiner.
FRANK DOMOTOR, Assistant Examiner.