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Publication numberUS3591212 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 6, 1971
Filing dateFeb 26, 1969
Priority dateJan 11, 1967
Publication numberUS 3591212 A, US 3591212A, US-A-3591212, US3591212 A, US3591212A
InventorsRhyne Jeff S
Original AssigneeRhyne Jeff S
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Construction for dovetail joint
US 3591212 A
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United States Patent [72] Inventor Jefl S. Rhyne 537 East Lafayette Street, Marianna, Fla. 32446 [21 I Appl. No. 802,520 [22] Filed Feb. 26, 1969 Division of Ser. No. 608.545. Jan. ll. i967. Pat. No. 3.442.311. [45] Patented July 6, 1971 [54] CONSTRUCTION FOR DOVETAIL JOINT 4 Claims, 4 Drawing Figs.

[52] US. Cl 287/2092 D, 52/284 [51 1 Int. Cl Fl6b 7/00 [50] Field otSearch ..287/20.924, 20.92 W, 20.92 D, 20.92 G; 144/319; 52/284 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 435,759 9/1890 Matter 287/2092 D FOREIGN PATENTS 599,433 ltaly Primary Examiner-David J. Williamowsky Assistant Examiner-Wayne L. Shedd Attorney-Harry R. Dumont ABSTRACT: An interlocking structure for fonning a rightangle joint between two panel members wherein an edge of each member is stamped to form alternate dovetail tenons and mortises along that edge, whereafter the panel members are pressed together at right angles to force the tenons on the one member into the mortises on the other member. As the tenons enter the mortises, the material of each is deformable to allow the small edge dimension of the mortises to pass the large CONTR UCTION FOR DOVETAIL JOINT This application is a divisional application of my copending application Ser. No. 608,545, now U.S. Pat. No. 3,442,3l l, filed Jan. 1 1, 1967, entitled DOVETAIL JOINT.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to containers and the like. More particularly, it relates to a construction for joining together a plurality of rectangular panel members to form a closed, boxlike structure suitable for use, for example, as a drawer for an article offurniture.

Many structures have been proposed forjoining panel members together. Perhaps one of the most popular of these involves the use of so-called dovetail joint. Dovetail joints, while generally satisfactory, offer resistance to separating movement of the panel members only in one relative direction. If resistance to separating movement in both directions of relative movement is required, some other means, such as glue, must be employed. Many attempts have been made to modify the structure of standard dovetail joint to enable it to offer resistance to separating movement in both relative directions. In each case however, the proposed modification, while perhaps accomplishing the desired double interlock, has been so complicated and expensive as to render the resulting joint commercially impractical.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A primary object of the present invention is to provide an improved joint of the dovetail type.

According to the present invention, a plurality of tenons are formed along one edge of one of the panel members to be joined, and a plurality of mortises are formed along one edge of the other panel member. The mortises formed in the one member have the same size and shape as the tenons formed in the other member and the mortises and tenons each present a dovetail configuration when viewed in the the plane of the member in which they are formed. Following formation of the mortises and tenons, the panel members are pressed together at right angles one to the other to force the tenons on the one member into the mortises on the other member. Since the leading portion of each tenon has a width greater than the width of the corresponding mortise measured at the outer edge of the panel member, the material of the tenon and mortise must mutually deform to pass the tenon and allow it to seat fully within the mortise. After the leading edge of the tenon has passed, the deformed material of the mortise expands to grasp the tenon adjacent its root. The interengaged and mutually deformed tenons and mortises thus form a double interlocking structure precluding separating movement of the panel members in either direction of relative movement.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS A preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing. in the drawing:

FIG. 1 is a perspective, partially exploded view of a container embodying features of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary view on an enlarged scale showing a portion of one edge of one of the panel members forming the container of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a detail view on an enlarged scale showing a single tenon prior to its forced insertion into the corresponding mortise; and

FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 3 but showing the mortise and tenon in their interlocked positions.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The invention is demonstrated in the disclosed embodiment in the construction of a rectangular container seen in partially exploded form in FIG. 1. Container 10 includes four rectangular side panels A, B, C, and D, and a rectangular bottom panel E. Each of the panel members may be formed, for example, from 4r-inch particle board or other natural or composition material capable of undergoing deformation and having some resiliency.

A plurality of alternate tenons 12 and mortises 14 are formed along two opposite side edges of each side panel. The tenons and mortises on each panel have a dovetail configuration when viewed in the plane of that panel and have walls extending generally normal to that plane. The tenons on any given side panel are preferably of exactly the same size and shape as the tenons on any other panel and the mortises preferably have the same size and shape as the tenons.

For example, and as best seen in FIG. 2, the walls of each of the tenons and mortises may be inclined at an angle of approximately 7 to the horizontal and the mean diameter X of each tenon and the mean diameter Y of each mortise may equal one-half inch. Further, the height Z of each t enon (and the depth of each mortise) is equal to or slightly less than the thickness of the panels. Thus, if the panels are formed of /1- inch particle board, the dimension Z will also be one-quarter inch or slightly less. The mortises and tenons are formed in a stamping operation performed on an automatic feed punch press.

Following the stamping operation, panels A and B, for example, are pressed together at right angles one to the other to force the tenons on panel A into the mortises on panel B and the tenons on panel B into the mortises on panel A. This step may be performed, for example, by the use of a hydraulic clamp or similar force-applying apparatus.

Since the width of the mortises measured at the very side edge of the panel is less than the width of the leading edge'of the tenons, a certain amount of deformation must take place to permit the tenons to seat fully within the mortises. The nature and extent of this deformation is best seen in FIGS. 3 and 4 wherein it is assumed that the panel B is held stationary while panel A is moved toward it at a right angle.

As the tenon i2 enters the mortise Id, the material at the top and bottom of the outer leading edge 16 interferes with the material at the edge face 18 of the panel B so that a mutual deformation takes place to allow the tenon to pass. The extent of deformation of the tenon is greatest at the outer leading edge 16 and progressively less proceeding across the thickness of the tenon with the inner leading edge 20 theoretically suffering no deformation; the extent of deformation or spreading of the mortise is greatest at edge face 18 and progressively less proceeding along the depth Z of the mortise with the mortise theoretically suffering no deformation or spreading adjacent the root face 22.

The approximate final configuration of tenon 12 and mortise 14 following seating of the tenon fully within the mortise is shown by the dash lines of FIG. 3. The interlocking relationship of the deformed mortise and tenon is shown in FIG. 4. Note that some of the material along the mouth edges 24 and 26 of the mortise that was deformed by the passage of the large leading edge of the tenons has expanded following passage of this leading edge to grasp the root or small dimension of the tenon. This deformed and then expanded material is shown by the shaded areas 28 in FIG. 4.

The joint formed thus is of a construction that precludes separation of the panels A and B in either direction of relative movement. Specifically, any tendency of panel A to separate from panel B by movement in the direction of the arrow F in FIG. 4 is resisted by the interference between expanded material 28 and the leading edge of tenon 12. Any tendency of panel B to separate from panel A by movement in the direction of arrow G is resisted by interference between the material at the mouth of the mortise and the large undeformed dimension of the portion 29 of the tenon positioned adjacent the root of the mortise.

Panel B may be joined to panel C in a similar manner, as may be panel C to panel D and panel D to panel A.

Referring again to FIG. 1, bottom panel E has alternate mortises 30 and tenons 32 formed along each of its edges. The mortises and tenons have a dovetail configuration when viewed in the plane of panel E and are adapted to coact with a plurality of rectangular apertures 34 formed along the bottom edge of each panel member A, B, C, and D. Mortises and tenons 30, 32 are preferably of the same size and shape as mortises and tenons l2, l4, and, like mortises l2, 14, may be formed in a stamping operation performed on an automatic feed punch press. Apertures 34 may be formed in a punching operation using a simple, straight-sided punch.

Apertures 34 have a width approximating the width of tenons 32 measured at the root; thus, when tenons 32 are forced into apertures 34, a mutual deformation of the material of the tenon and the material around the aperture occurs to allow the aperture to accept the oversize dimension of the leading edge of the tenon. Tenons 32 and apertures 34 thus coact to hold bottom E securely in place.

The invention will be seen to provide a simple and inexpensive construction for forming a double interlock joint between panel members. This structure offers cost savings not only because of its basic simplicity as measured in terms of a minimum number of production steps, but also because it is peculiarly adapted to the use of low-cost composition board materials. The instant invention effects further cost savings by allowing the application of mass production stamping techniques to the formation of the various panel members.

It should be noted that the conventional dovetail tenon and mortise structure cannot be formed by stamping or punching but must be cut out by use of a dovetail router bit, and the conventional joint provides locking action in one direction only. Such a joint is unsatisfactory for use in a drawer construction, for example, because force is exerted in opposite directions during normal opening and closing of the drawer. The construction disclosed and claimed herein not only reduces the cost of production by facilitating use of stamping or punching technique, but actually provides a structurally stronger joint.

I claim:

1. An interlocking structure comprising:

A. a first elastically deformable panel member having a plurality of tenons along one side edge thereof, each of said tenons having a dovetail configuration when viewed it: the plane of that member and each having walls extending generally transverse to that plane; and

B. a second elastically deformable panel member oriented at an angle to said first panel member and having a plurality of mortises along one side edge thereof, each moruse 1. having a dovetail configuration when viewed in the plane of that member,

2. having walls extending generally transverse to that plane,

3. having a width proximate its side edge farthest from said tenons of a magnitude less than that of the leading edge of each corresponding tenon and having a width across its bight portion which matches that of the portion of said tenon juxtaposed thereto, the aforesaid difference in widths of each mortise and tenon forming narrow wedge-shaped interfering portions, the maximum amount of interference during assembly of said members remaining within the elastic limits of the materials forming said mortises and tenons, and

4. receiving a tenon on said first panel member in interlocking relation to form an interlocking joint between said panel members.

2. The combination as set forth in claim 1 wherein:

C. said first panel member has a thickness substantially equal to the depth of the mortises of said second panel member and D. said second panel member has a thickness substantially equal to the height of the tenons of said first panel member.

3. The combination as set forth in claim 1 wherein: C. said first and second panel members are oriented at substantially a right angle, one to the other.

4. The combination as set forth in claim 1 wherein:

C. said panel members are four in number such that in the resulting closed structure they form the four sides of a parallelogram.

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U.S. Classification217/65, 403/381, 220/691, 403/231, 52/284
International ClassificationB27M3/18, F16B12/46, B27M1/00, F16B12/00, B27F1/00, B27M1/02
Cooperative ClassificationF16B2012/046, B27M1/02, F16B12/46, B27M3/18, B27F1/00
European ClassificationB27F1/00, B27M3/18, B27M1/02, F16B12/46