US 3420488 A
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R. L. slsLER 3,420,488
FOLDAWAY WALL MOUNTED SUPPORT Filed Aug. l, 1966 LWENTOR. A275567' .57.5262
United States Patent O M 3,420,488 FOLDAWAY WALL MOUNTED SUPPORT Robert L. Sisler, 16404 Kirkland Way, Bothell, Wash. 98011 Filed Aug. 1, 1966, Ser. No. 569,496 U.S. Cl. 248-291 Int. Cl. A47f 5/00; A471 23/16 4 Claims ABSTRACT F THE DISCLOSURE The present invention relates to wall mounted supports of the type comprising a support member that is movable between a somewhat horizontal position of use and a generally vertical sto-rage position. More particularly, it relates to the provision of an improved support of this type characterized by a simple, yet sturdy and durable, construction and by ease of operation.
The foldaway support of this invention constitutes an improvement over such prior art supports as are disclosed by the following U.S. patents: Demme 443,825; Bennett 858,851; Blaustein 1,318,257; Roberson 1,430,755; Millett 1,502,152; Uphus 1,524,415; Cummings 1,677,620; Nobile 1,832,785; and Davis 1,911,182.
In contradistinction to these prior art supports, the foldaway support of this invention is characterized essentially by a generally vertical mounting base including at least one elongated, generally vertical slideway having a slider stop at its lower end; an elongated, inarticulate support member pivotally connected at one of its ends to said mounting base near the upper end of said slideway; and an elongated, inarticulate brace member pivotally connected at one of its ends to the second end of said support member, and carrying a slider at its second end, which slider is engaged by said slideway for sliding movement therealong. The several parts are interrelated in a manner to permit movement of the support and brace members between a fold-out position (constituting the position of use), wherein the support member projects forwardly from the mounting base, the slider is down against the lower stop of the slideway, the brace member extends upwardly and forwardly from said slider to its point of connection to the support member, and when loaded is in compression, and the support and brace members each make an acute angle with each other and with the mounting base, and a foldaway position (the storage position), wherein the support and brace members are in contiguous parallelism with each other and with the mounting base, and the slider and the end of said base member to which it is secured are contiguous the pivotal connection of the support member to the mounting base.
In preferred form, a pull or handle is provided near the lower end of the support member, and such support member is moved from its foldaway position up into its fold-out position by the user merely grasping it at the pull and swinging it upwardly and outwardly towards himself. As the support member moves upwardly along an angular path, the brace member automatically gravitates into its fold-out position. The support and brace members are returned to their respective foldaway positions by the use-r merely pushing upwardly on the brace member until its inner end is above its outer end, after 3,420,488 Patented Jan. 7, 1969 which the support and brace members will gravitate into their foldaway positions.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a foldaway support of the character described wherein the mounting base includes a recess and panel means completely lsurrounding such recess, and wherein the support and brace members are adapted tofold away into said recess.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a foldaway support of the character described wherein the mounting base is a rigid rectangular body or housing detachably securable to a wall or the like, and comprises front, intermediate, and rear panels laminated together. The recess is formed by aligned openings in the front and intermediate panels; the intermediate panel is of longitudinal split form; and the slideway constitutes channel grooves formed in the side portions of the intermediate panel parts at locations immediately bordering the recess; and the slider constitutes a pair of substantially coaxial elements projecting laterally from the brace member into said channels.
A still further object of the present invention is to provide a foldaway support of the character described which is adapted to serve as a foot irest for use in shining shoes. The mounting base is :secured to a vertical surface, -such as a wall, post, door, etc. in a motel or the like, at a suitable height above the oor to place the support member about knee-high to the user when it is in its somewhat horizontal support position. For convenience to the user, a clamp for retaining a shoeshine cloth may be carried by the mounting base.
These and other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following description, appended claims and annexed drawings.
Referring to the drawings wherein like reference characters designate like parts throughout the several views;
FIG. 1 is a perspective view taken from above and looking toward the front and one side of a foldaway support typifying the present invention, with the support and brace members thereof in their foldaway positions;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view like FIG. l, but with the support and brace members in their respective fold-out positions;
FIG. 3 is a front elevational view of the foldaway support, with the support and brace members thereof in their foldaway positions;
FIG. 4 is a side elevational view of the foldaway support, with the support and brace members thereof in their fold-out or use positions, and with a foreground part of the mounting base housing cut away for the purpose of exposing the details of one side of the slideway, of the means pivotally connecting the suppo-rt member to the housing, and the slider means at the mounted end of the brace member;
FIG. 5 is a cross-'sectional view taken substantially along line 5 5 of FIG. 3, and showing a typical construction of the s-lider, the slideways, and the means pivotally connecting the support member to the housing.
FIG. 6 is a view taken substantially along line 6 6 of FIG. 4;
FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional View taken substantially along line 7 7 of FIG. 3;
FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view taken substantially along line 8 8 of FIG. 3; and
FIG. 9 is a perspective view taken from below and looking toward the front and the inner boundaries of one of a pair of panel members which together make up the intermediate panel of the housing.
Referring more specically to the several figures of the drawing, the foldaway support is shown to comprise three principal parts, viz. la single piece (ie. inarticulate) support member 10, a single piece (i.e. inarticulate) brace member 12, and a mounting base 14.
Preferably, the mounting brace 14 is a housing that is detachably securable to a wall, door, post, or the like, designated 16 in FIG. 4, such as by `a pair of vertically spaced screws 18, 20, for example. In preferred yform the mounting base is of laminate construction and comprises a front panel 22, an intermediate panel 24 and a rear panel 26. Panels 22, 24, and 26 m-ay all be rectangular in shape and substantially the same size in width and length, as pictured. Panels 22, 24 may be made of wood (5/6 to 5A" thick, for example), and rear panel 26 may be made from a piece of hardboard 1/8 to 1A thick, for ex-ample).
Front panel 22 is formed to include a central, preferably rectangular opening which is completely surrounded and framed by side, top and bottom panel parts. The forward edges and corners of front panel 22 may -be shaped, rounded or chamfered for `aesthetics reasons.
In preferred form the intermediate panel 24 is of longitudinal split construction, and is composed of a pair of complementary parts (which may be identical halves) 28, one of which is pictured per se in FIG. 9. Each part 28 is formed to include an asymmetrical cutout 30, and has outer side, top and bottom panel sections, designated 32, 34 and 36, respectively, which frame said cutout 30 on three sides. When the two parts 28 are together to form the intermediate panel 24, the inner boundaries 38, 40 of the top and bottom panel sections 34, 36 respectively, substantially abut and the two cutouts together form an opening which is substantially equal in size and shape to the opening in the front panel 22, and is aligned therewith. The two openings in the front ad intermediate panels 22, 24 together from a recess yfor receiving the support and brace members 10, 12, as will hereinafter be explained in greater detail. As shown, the rear panel 26 is solid or closed in its full extent and forms a rear closure for such recess.
A channel groove 42 is formed in the upper portion of the inner boundary of each panel section 32. When the two parts 28 are assembled together the two grooves 42 are situated across the recess in opposed parallelism, and together form the slideway. The upper terminus of each grove 42 is substantially level with the upper terminus of the recess, and the lower terminus of each groove 42 is about at the vertical center of the recess, and it constitutes a slider stop.
The spllit construction of the intermediate panel 24 a1- lows easy routing of the grooves 42 when the two parts 28 are separate members. It also permits easy placement of the slider elements into the grooves 42.
In the preferred form both the support member and the brace member 12 are rectangular bars of wood. The support member 10 is substantially the same thickness as the front panel 22 and is only slightly smaller in width and length than the recess. Brace member 12 is substantially the same thickness as intermediate panel 24 and is slightly narrower than, and closely equal in length to, the recess.
One end of the support member 12 is pivotally con nected to the mounting base 14 by a rst pivot means 44 (which may be a hardwood dowel or metallic pin) extending laterally through the upper portion of the support member 10 and the side panel sections of the front panel 22, closely adjacent the upper terminus of the recess. As best shown by FIG. 5, the end portions of element 44 which projects laterally outwardly from the side boundaries of support member 10 in effect form a pair of trunmons.
The opposite or second end of the support member 10 is pivotally connected, by a second pivot means shown by the form of a butt hinge 46, to a rst end of the brace member 12. The second end of brace member 12 is provided with a pair of coaxial, laterally oppositely -pin elements 48, each of which projects into, and is engaged by one of the slideway grooves 42. Together elements 48 form a slider. As shown by FIG. 5, the two slider elements 48 may constitute the respective end portions of a length of hardwood dowel which extends transversely through the inner end portion of brace member 12. Slider elements 48 rotate in position as they move through the slideway channels 42. The pivotal axis of hinge 46, the piv otal axis of pin 44, and the axes of slider elements 48 are in parallelism.
Pivot pin 42 is substantially centered between the front and rear surfaces of front panel 22; the slideway channels 42 are substantially centered between the front and rear surfaces of the intermediate panel 24; and the slider elements 48 are substantially centered between the front and rear surfaces of brace member 12. Consequently, when the support and brace members 10, 12 are in their foldaway positions, the brace member 12 is snugly received in the rearward portion of the recess, formed by the two cutouts 30; the support member 10 is snugly received in the forward portion of such recess, formed by the opening in front panel 22; and the front surface of support ymember 10 is substantially flush with the front face of panel 22.
A pull 50, shown in the form of finger well or opening 50, may be providedv near the lower end of the support member 10. The support member 10 may be easily moved from its foldaway position of FIG. 1 to its foldout position of FIG. 2 by the user inserting an index finger into the pull 50, and with said finger swinging the support member 10 upwardly and outwardly. As the support member 10 moves along its arcuate path the brace member 12 drops into its bracing position under its own weight.
Owing to the slideway 42 being shorter in length than the support and brace members 10, 12, when the slider elements 48 are bottomed in the slideway grooves 42 (Le. down against the slider stops), the brace member slopes upwardly as it extends outwardly from mounting base 14. Thus, any downward force applied on the support member 10, such as the weight of the persons foot, would put brace member 12 in compression and tend to move its slider carrying end downwardly. Of course, actual movement is prevented by the contact between the slider elements 48 and the respective slider stops. The system is in equilibrium even though there is a pin or pivotal joint at each point of connection, because the support member 10, the brace member 12, and the mounting base 14 all together form a force triangle.
When it is desired to move the support and brace members 10, 12 into their foldaway positions, it is only necessary to push upwardly on the brace member 12 until its slider carrying end is above its opposite end. Past that point the combined weights of the support and brace members 10, 12 will move them together and into the recess. Since the support and brace members 10, 12 are approximately the same size, they are approximately the same weight, and when they are together their centroid is located approximately where they meet. Since such position is rearwardly of the pin 44, the weight along the support and brace members 10, 12 will move them all the way into the recess.
A shoeshine cloth clamp 52 may be conveniently located at an upper side location on the mounting base 14. Such clamp may simply comprise a wooden leaf S4 that is secured at only one end to the mounting base 14, such as by a pair of screws 56, with the inner side of the free portion thereof being cut away slightly so as to form a narrow gap between it and the adjoining surface portion of the mounting base 14. As shown by FIGS. 1 and 3, the shoeshine cloth 58 is stored by tucking it between the leaf 54 and the mounting base 14.
Having thus described the invention, it is clear that the objects as stated have been obtained in a simple and practical manner. While a particular embodiment of the invention has been shown and described, it is to be understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangements of the various parts without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the following claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A foldaway foot support comprising: an elongated, inarticulate support member having iirst and second ends; a mounting base including a front face and at least one elongated, narrow, linear slideway channel, in substantial parallelism with each other, and in use both extending generally vertically, said slideway channel having a slider stop at its lower end, colinear with said slideway channel; first pivot means connecting the first end of said support member to said mounting base relatively near the upper end of, and forwardly of, said slideway channel, for pivotal movement in a vertical Zone which is generally perpendicular to the front face of said mounting base; an elongated, inarticulate brace member having lirst and second ends; second pivot means connecting the first end of said brace member to the second end of said support member, for pivotal movement in said vertical zone and about an axis that is parallel to the axis of said first pivot means; and a slider at the second end of said brace member engaged by said slideway channel for up-and-down sliding movement therein, with said slideway channel restraining said slider and the second end of the brace member against sideways, forward and rearward movement, with said iirst and second pivot means, said slider and said slideway channel permitting movement of said support and brace members between a foldout position, wherein the slider is down against the slider stop, the brace member extends upwardly and forwardly from said slider to said second pivot means and the second end of said support member, and when loaded is in compression, the support member projects forwardly from the mounting base, and the support and brace members each make an acute angle with each other and with the mounting base, and a foldaway position, wherein the support and brace members are in contiguous parallelism with each other and with the mounting base, and the slider and the second end of said brace member are contiguous said first pivot means and the first end of said support member.
2. A foldaway support according to claim 1, wherein said mounting base is a rigid housing detachably securable to a wall or the like, and said mounting base comprises a front panel having a generally central opening therein and side, top and bottom panel sections surrounding and framing said opening, a rear panel, and a longitudinally split intermediate panel secured between said front and rear panels, said intermediate panel being composed of complementary parts, each of which includes an asymmetrical cutout and outer side, top and bottom panel sections framing said cutout on three sides, with the respective top and bottom sections of said parts substantially abutting together when the two parts are assembled, with said cutouts together forming a generally central opening, and with said panel sections all together completely surrounding and framing said opening, said opening being of substantially the same size, and substantially registering with, the opening in said front panel, with both of said openings together for-ming a recess which is wide, long and deep enough to accommodate both of said support and brace members when they are in their foldaway positions.
3. A foldaway support according to claim 2, further including a second slideway channel, and wherein said channels are formed in the inner and upper marginal portions of the side sections of the intermediate panel parts, said channels opening towards each other and into said recess, and being related in opposed parallelism, and wherein said slider comprises a pair of substantially coaxial elements at the second end of said brace member, each of which projects laterally therefrom into one of said channels.
4. A foldaway support according to claim. 3, wherein said first pivot means comprises a transverse pin passing laterally through the upper portions of the side panel sections of said front panel, and through the rst end of said support member, near the upper terminus of said recess.
References Cited FOREIGN PATENTS 547,664 12/ 1922 France.
9,215 1898 Great Britain. 1,051,400 11/ 1965 Great Britain.
ROY D. FRAZIER, Primary Examiner.
I. FRANKLIN FOSS, Assistant Examiner.
` Us. c1. xn. 15-265, 211-104, 24S- 240.1