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Publication numberUS3704850 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 5, 1972
Filing dateJan 4, 1971
Priority dateJan 4, 1971
Publication numberUS 3704850 A, US 3704850A, US-A-3704850, US3704850 A, US3704850A
InventorsHendrickson Philip J, Resch Richard J
Original AssigneeKrueger Metal Products
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Telescopically collapsible table leg
US 3704850 A
Abstract
An adjustable table leg structure includes an upper leg connected to the table top and a leg extension or lower leg portion which is telescopically reciprocable within the upper leg to afford height adjustment. The extension leg is held in the adjusted position by a spring biased pawl which is pivoted on the exterior of the upper leg and has a terminal tooth which projects through a slot in the upper leg for engagement with any one of a plurality of vertically spaced locking apertures in the leg extension. The tooth is released from engagement by manual pressure on an arm pivoted to the pawl. The tooth is locked in engagement by pivoting the arm to locate a blocking tab on the arm between the pawl and the upper leg to prevent movement of the pawl and thus provide secure support.
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United States Patent He'ndricksonet al. 1 Dec. 5, 1972 [54] TELESCQPICALLY COLLAPSIBLE FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS TABLE LEG 24,792 11/1896v Great Britain ..248/407 [72] Inventors: Philip J. Ilendrickson; Richard J.

. I Resch, both of Green Bay, Wis. Primary ExdmineF-William H. Schultz [73] Assignee: Krueger Metal Products, Inc., Green Attorney-wheeler House & wheejer [57] ABSTRACT I [22] Filed: 1971 a An adjustable table leg structure includes an upper leg {211 App]; No.: 103,590 connected to the table top and a leg extension or lower leg portion which is telescopically reciprocable within the upper leg to afford height adjustment. The ..248/l88.I?5i62Ii:17{5il/32l; extension leg is held in the adjusted position by 3 [58] Fie'ld 4 407 408 spring biased pawl which is pivoted on the exterior of 48/409 5 the upper leg and has a terminal tooth which projects through a slot in the upper leg for engagement with any one of a plurality of vertically spaced locking [56] References Cited apertures in the leg extension. The tooth is released UNITED STATES PATENTS from engagement by manual pressure on an arm pivoted to the pawl. The tooth is locked in engagel,303,4l6 5/1919 Tldyman ..248/l88.5 X ment by pivoting the arm to locate a blocking tab on 1,726,372 8/1929 Stoll ..248/408 X the arm between the pawl and the upper leg to 2 1;f4 dg prevent movement of the pawl and thus provide i cure su ort. 2,741,299 4/l956 ....248/407 Se pp 1,542,335 6/1925 Cardarelli ..285/81 3 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures PATENTED DEC 5 1972 4/ZDEA/EYS 1 TELESCOPICALLY COLLAPSIBLE TABLE LEG BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to an adjustable table leg structure which is adapted for use with a table which is supported by two spaced legs, each havingabase as shown in the Blink et al U.S. Pat. No. 3,309,059 and more particularly to a height adjustment and locking device for the leg.

. SUMMARY OF INVENTION In an adjustable table leg structure whichemploys two parts, a locking device is stamped from sheet material and easily assembled on the. outside of an upper leg portion at a substantial cost saving over prior art table leg structures. r

The device includes a pawl having a handle portion and an inclined portion with a terminaltooth. Spaced ears on the inclined portion are pivotedto the outside of the upper leg to provide a fulcrum for the pawl. A spring located above the fulcrum biases the tooth through a slot in the upper leg to engage any one of a plurality of locking apertures orslots in an inner leg ex- .tension. Camming flanges borderingthe locking apertures cam the pawl from engagement so that the leg structure is easily extended by upward tension to obtain the desired table height and will remain at that adjustment until the pawl is released. The pawl is released from its engagement with the locking apertures by manual pressure on the handle portion of the pawl. The handle portion is pivoted for lateral swinging movement with respect to the pawl and has a blocking tab which extends toward the outer surface of the upper leg. When thehandle is in a position for pawl operation, pressure on the handle compresses the spring and releases the pawl from engagement. In this position the blocking tab is free of the leg to afford pivotal movement of the pawl. To preventdisengagement of the tooth and thus provide secure support for the table at the selected height, the handle is oscillated to locate the tab in a blocking position between the pawl andth leg.

, Further objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following disclosure.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an adjustable table leg structure in accordance with the invention, the pawl handle in a position to lock the pawl against release.

FIG. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary view of the pawl shown in FIG. 1 with the pawl handle in position for releasing the pawl.

FIG. 3 is a sectional view along line 3-3 of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a sectional view along line 4-4 of FIG. 2 showing the blocking tab in full lines in the pawl release position and in broken lines in the blocking position.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The adjustable table leg structure includes an upper leg portion 12. The leg 12 has a central post or guide channel 14 formed from astamped channel member with a wall 15 and side walls 16 with outtumed flanges 17. The guide channel 14 is enclosed by a panel 18 which is welded to the side wall 16 and rigiditied by a U-shaped rim 20. To fasten the leg 12 to a table top 22, the upper end of the panel 18, the post 14 and the rim 20 are welded to .a transverse pipe 24 which is rotatably supported in brackets 26 which are attached to the table top 22. The leg 10 is therebypivotally movable between an erect position of use and a storage position in which it is folded against the under side of the table top 22. A brace 28 can be provided to hold the leg erect.

The table leg structure 10 also includes a leg exten sion 30 which is telescopically reciprocable in the guide channel 14 of the upper leg portion l2 of leg structure 10. The extension 30 is provided with a base or foot 32 and a plurality of vertically spaced locking apertures or slots 33.. I A

Although the disclosed construction for the table leg structure employs a post 14 and an extension 30 both having a rectangular cross section, legs with other cross sections can be employed. The invention particularly resides in themechanism for securing the extension 30 at the selected height and includes a pawl 36which is preferably stamped from sheet metal and which includes an inclined portion 38 with an inturned terminal tooth 40. The pawl 36 also includes a generally vertical portion 42 with a spring-locating boss 44 (FIG. 3) which receives the end of a spring which biases the pawl to urge its tooth 40 inwardly through a slot or aperture 48 in the leg post 14 toengage in any registering locking aperture 33 in the leg extension 30. i I

Means are provided for pivotally supporting the pawl on the side walls 16 of the post 14. As disclosed, this means includes two spaced cars 50, which extend from the inclined pawl portion 38 and pins 52 which extend from andare anchored in the side walls of the leg'. The tooth 40 is I engageable with any one of the locking apertures 33 on the leg extension 30. The apertures 33 are defined in part by downwardly and inwardly inclined-margins. of the extension leg. These form cam surfaces which camthe pawl tooth 40 from engagement in any given aperture in a direction of relative movement of the leg 16 upwardly with respect to the leg extensionto adjust the table upwardly. Provided the pawl is not locked as hereinafter described, this adjustment is readily performed by placing afoot on the base 32 and pulling the tabletop 22 upwardly to obtain the desired height of the table top.

Means are provided for manually releasing the tooth 40 from an advanced locking position of engagement with one of the apertures 33 in the leg extension 30. As disclosed, the means includes a handle arm 64. This handle may also be used to lock the pawl in its engaged position. For this purpose the handle arm has portion 66 pivoted to the vertical pawl portion 42 by a pin 68. Formed integrally with the arm is a transversely projecting blocking tab 70 which extends from the arm portion 66 toward the wall 15 of post- 14. In FIG. 2 the blocking tab 70 is in a clearance position adjacent and parallel to a side wall 16. The arm 64'projects in a convenient access position for manual operation. Manual pressure on the arm when in the FIG. 2 position or the full line position shown in FIG. 4 retracts the tooth stop 72 and between the pawl 36 and side wall 15, disengagement of the tooth with one of the locking aperture's 33 is prevented, thus providing secure support of the table top 22.

We claim: 1. An adjustable table leg structure comprising an upper leg portion with a guide channel and an opening into the channel, a leg extension telescopically reciprocable within the guide channel, said extension having a a plurality of spaced locking apertures selectively registerable with the said aperture of the upper leg portion, a pawl having a tooth, means for pivotally supporting said pawl externally on said upper leg portion for movement of said tooth through said first-mentioned opening to and from engagement in one of said locking apertures registering therewith and including means for securing said tooth in the engaged position,

said means for securing said tooth in the engaged position comprises an arm including a transverse blocking tab and means for pivotally connecting said arm to said pawl for movement of said tabinto a blocking position between said pawl and said upper leg portion and a clearance position with said tab spaced from said upper 'leg portion.

2. A table leg structure in accordance with claim 1 wherein said arm is pivoted to said pawl between said pawl and said upper leg portion, and a stop on said pawl to engage said arm and limit movement of said arm in the blocking position.

3. An adjustable table leg structure comprising an upper leg portion having an exposed wall and spaced side walls, a slot in said exposed wall, a pawl having a terminal tooth, spaced ears on said pawl pivotally connected to said side walls, a spring between said pawl and said leg portion to bias said tooth inwardly through said slot, an extension leg telescopically reciprocable in said upper leg portion and having a plurality of spaced locking apertures registerable with said slot and engageable by said tooth, and means on said pawl for compressing said spring to disengage said pawl tooth,

and means for securing said tooth in an engaged position and wherein said means on said pawl for compressing said spring and for securing said tooth in an engaged position comprises an arm pivotally connected to said pawl, said arm including a blocking tab projecting from said arm toward said leg portion and movable with said arm to a position between said pawl and said leg portion to prevent movement of said pawl about said pivotal connection to said leg portion.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/188.5, 403/108
International ClassificationA47B9/00, A47B9/20
Cooperative ClassificationA47B9/20
European ClassificationA47B9/20