US 3621541 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Nov. 23, 1971 n. c. WATKINS 3,621,541
HOOKED RUG WORKTABLE Filed May 19, 1970 D i I, T
DW/ghi' 6. Wafkms United States Paten.
3,621,541 HOOKED RUG WURK'IABLE Dwight G. Watkins, 110 Forest Garden Drive, Youngstown, Ohio 44512 Filed May 19, 1970, Ser. No. 38,771) Int. Cl. 1306c 3/08 US. Cl. 28-15 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A hooked rug worktable has a rectangular table top and a pair of support assemblies mounted beneath the ends thereof along with an inner connecting cross bar or baflle which is spaced below the table top. A longitudinally extending bail carried on vertically movable members registrable with notches in the ends of the table top is positioned above the table top so that the rug canvas on which the hooked rug is being formed can be passed across the table top beneath the bail and backwardly and under the table top and over the cross bar or bafile, the arrangement being such that the rug canvas is held under desirable tension facilitating the formation of the hooked rug.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION (1) Field of the invention This invention relates to worktables over which flexible work pieces may be positioned and held under desired tension.
(2) Description of the prior art Prior structures of the type have provided frames outlining an area over which a rug canvas may be positioned such as U.S. Pat. 2,691,203. Prior efforts to provide suitable means to permit free movement of the rug canvas and at the same time hold it under desired tension are exemplified in US. Pat. 2,832,171. This invention provides an easily formed structure withla simple and efficient means of positioning and holding the rug canvas while enabling it to be moved with a minimum of effort.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A hooked rug worktable comprises a rectangular table top with a movable longitudinally extending bail positioned there above and engageable therewith, supports for the table top and a cross bar or bafiie carried on said supports and spaced below said table top, the device being arranged to hold a rug canvas over the table top beneath the bail and wherein a portion of the rug canvas is positioned over the cross bar or baifle to properly tension the same.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a front plan view of the hooked rug worktable.
FIG. 2 is an end view thereof.
FIG. 3 is a top plan view thereof.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged end view similar to FIG. 2 with parts broken away with broken lines illustrating a rug canvas in position thereon.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT In its simplest form the hooked rug worktable is comprised of a rectangular table top having notches 11 in its opposite ends and transversely positioned cross members 12 therebeneath. Support assemblies comprising legs 13 arranged in pairs are secured at their uppermost ends by detachable fasteners 14 to the cross members 12 respectively and held in downwardly and outwardly diverging relation by braces 15 inwardly from their lower ends. The braces 15 are detachably secured to the legs 13 by removable fasteners 16. The support assemblies including the legs 13 and the braces 15 can thus be disassembled and separated from the table top 10 to facilitate storage or packing.
A baffle or cross bar 17 is positioned longitudinally of the device beneath the table top 10 and secured to the legs 13 so as to provide a space between the cross bar 17 and the table top 10. A bail 18 is also positioned longitudinally of the device and secured as its ends to vertical body members 11 by means of detachable fasteners 20 and which body members 19 are of a size and shape to register with the notches 11 in the opposite ends of the table 10 as hereinbefore described. The bail 18 normally engages the upper surface of the table 10 as best Seen in FIGS. 1, 2 and 4 of the drawings.
It will be observed that the arrangement of the support assemblies comprising the legs 1.3 and the braces 15 is such that when they are secured to the cross members 12 which are themselves secured to the table top 10 the device is relatively rigid and that this is improved by the arrangement and positioning of the cross bar 17.
In operation as may be seen by referring to FIG. 4 of the drawings, the rug canvas shown in broken lines and indicated by the letter C is positioned across the top of the table 10 beneath the bail 18 which is then allowed to rest thereon as illustrated. The forward or other end of the rug canvas C is then positioned beneath the table top 10 and over the upper surface of the cross bar 17. The arrangement thus provided is such that the rug canvas and the finished hooked rug is not disposed on the operators knees or lap but rather held by the worktable and more importantly the arrangement is such that there is a desired tensioning of the rug canvas so that the tool T may be used to pull the loops of yarn or cloth or other material through the canvas as known in the art so as to form the hooked rug. The loops of yarn or cloth or other material are indicated in FIG. 4 by the letter L.
It will occur to those skilled in the art that as the friction contact of the bail 18 and the rug canvas C contributes to the utility of the device, the friction contact may be insured by providing a rough lower surface on the bail If; such as by affixing rough material thereto or foaming the surface as by rough sawing.
Those skilled in the art will thus observe that a convenient, efficient and easily transportable hooked rug worktable has been disclosed which may be disassembled for portability or packing or storage and readily assembled and placed in condition for use. The novel arrangement of the bail 18 and its guide members 19 is such that it not only holds the rug canvas C in desired position but guides and assures its proper position with respect to the operator and the hooked rug worktable itself.
Although but one embodiment of the present invention has been illustrated and described it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that varous changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. A hooked rug worktable consisting of a rectangular table top, support assemblies therebeneath for holding the same in elevated relation to a supporting surface, a longitudinally positioned bail on said table top and movable vertically with respect thereto and means for 3 guiding the bail in said vertical movement, a cross bar positioned in spaced relation below-said table top and carried on said support assemblies.
2. The hooked rug worktable set forth in claim 1 and wherein the support assemblies comprise spaced pairs of legs detachably connected to said table top.
3. The hooked rug worktable set forth in claim 1 and wherein vertically positioned body members are secured to said bail and slidably engaged in oppositely disposed notches formed in the opposite ends of said table top.
4. The hooked rug worktable set forth in claim 1 and wherein said cross bar is positioned in closely spaced relation to said table top.
5. The hooked rug worktable set forth in claim 1 and wherein the lower surface of said bail is rough.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,318,877 5/1943 Meyer et a1. 4524 5 2,802,254 8/1957 Valva 2815 FOREIGN PATENTS 428,995 3/1927 Germany 28-15 608,550 9/1948 Great Britain 28-15 767,239 1/1957 Great Britain 2815 LOUIS K. RIMRODT, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 45-24