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Publication numberUS3741852 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 26, 1973
Filing dateJun 3, 1971
Priority dateJun 3, 1971
Publication numberUS 3741852 A, US 3741852A, US-A-3741852, US3741852 A, US3741852A
InventorsKeener R
Original AssigneeAmerican Seating Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Segmental multiunit study table
US 3741852 A
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June 26, 1 973 KEENER 3,741,852

SEGMENTAL MULTIUNI'I STUDY TABLE Filed June 3, 1971 INVENTOR Richard N. Keener FIG 4 BY W,JZt0m haw 9 ATTORNEYS United States Patent Gflice Patented June 26, 1973 3,741,852 SEGMENTAL MULTIUNIT STUDY TABLE Richard N. Keener, Grand Rapids, Mich., assignor to American Seating Company, Grand Rapids, Mich. Filed June 3, 1971, Ser. No. 149,704 Int. Cl. B32b 3/10; A47b 87/00 US. Cl. 161-37 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A segmental study table accommodating a number of students about a central nucleus table is provided by a hexagonal table having three long sides of equal length spaced by three short equal length sides, the long sides being engaged by wing tables presenting sides equaling the length of said long sides and mating therewith and forming substantially equal obtuse angles with the nucleus table short sides so as to provide between the wing tables equal space areas enlarging progressively outwardly from each short side of the nucleus table.

BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY It is advantageous to be able to group study tables about a central nucleus table carrying supplies, instruments, etc. for common use, while also providing spaced individual writing and study areas. I have discovered that a central or nucleus table may be formed in such a way as to provide with wing tables spaced study areas while giving each student direct access to the nucleus table. Further, the grouping of study areas may be widely varied by use of wing or adjunct tables'or desks of different sizes and shapes. Also, the free joining of the tables permits ready disassembly and reassembly with different table groupings.

DRAWINGS In the accompanying drawings, FIG. 1 is a schematic view showing a group of tables, each with a common unit of measure which enables them to be joined into an integrated multiunit table structure; FIG. 2, a plan view of a table grouping showing a table having three sides equal to the common unit of measurement and combined therewith student tables or desks forming a segmental table; FIG. 3, a plan view of a similar table grouping using three square tables; and FIG. 4, a plan view of still another table grouping showing three half-round tables, each having a diameter or side equal to the length of the long side of the central or nucleus table.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION In general, the segmental multiunit table is provided by utilizing wing tables abutting elongated sides of a nucleus table whereby the short sides of the nucleus table insure a spacing of equal dimensions between the wing tables and which enlarges progressively outwardly from the short sides of the nucleus table to provide room for the students alongside the wing tables. The wing tables may consist of a variety of shapes as long as they provide a side mating with the long side of the nucleus table and provide obtuse angles with respect to the short sides of the nucleus table so as to provide the enlarged space areas between the wing tables.

In the drawings, I have not shown table legs or bases for supporting the table tops because such structure forms no part of the invention, and furthermore the top structures illustrated may be employed without such supports or may be utilized with any suitable support means. If desired, the support for the wing structures may be desks, drawer-equipped cases, table legs, or any suitable support means.

The wing tables may be secured to the nucleus table by clamps or fastening means of any desired type, but I prefer to have merely a free abutting relation between the wing tables and the nucleus table so that any one of the wing tables may be removed or, if desired, all of the wing tables of one type may be removed and wing tables of a different type substituted. It is found that by bringing the long sides of the wing table into engagement with the long sides of the nucleus table, the weight of the structures gives a unified usable connection and disarrangement of the assembled structure is prevented by the long line of contact between the wing table and the nucleus table.

With the structure shown, a wide space area between the wing tables is automatically formed for accommodating students in side-by-side position, while at the same time every student has direct access to the central or nucleus table on which supplies and instruments or devices for common use by the students are presented.

Referring to the drawings, the numeral 10 designates a common unit of measurement to be used as the determining factor in the joining of the various table shapes into desired groupings. 11 and 12 designate two small tables or desks which together achieve the common unit of measure 10 so that the combined widths 13 equal the measure unit 10. The square table 14, as shown in FIG. 1, has four sides equal to the common unit of measure. However, two of the sides 15 may be either shorter or longer so that the resulting table 14 may be rectangular rather than square.

Referring again to FIG. 1, there is shown a table top having a half-round side 16, the table top itself being designated by the numeral 17, and the diameter or straight side is indicated by the numeral 18.

The central or nucleus table 19 is a hexagonal table with three long sides 20 equal to the desired common unit of measure 10 and three short sides 21 which separate the three long sides so that a wide space area is provided between the wing tables or adjunct tables so that students may work side-byside at adjacent tables, as shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4.

In the illustrated arrangements shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4, the small units 11 and 12 present composite sides equal to the length of the long side 20 0f the nucleus table 19 and provides an obtuse angle with respect to the short sides 21 so that the desired enlarging space area is provided between the nucleus table 19 and the wing tables 11 and 12. Similarly, in FIG. 3, the square tables 14, which as indicated above may be rectangular, if desired, are arranged with sides abutting the long sides 20 of table 19, and here also the tables form an obtuse angle with the short sides 21.

In FIG. 4, the relationship between the wing tables 17 and 19 is the same as described with respect to FIGS. 2 and 3 with substantially equal obtuse angles being formed with the short sides 21 and thus providing an enlarging space area progressively away from the narrow sides 21. It will be understood that the wing tables 11 and 12 as a unit and wing tables 14 and 17 may be interchanged as desired while producing the same important result that each student has direct access to the central supply-carrying table 19 while at the same time having his own individual study unit.

It will be further understood that upon the type of unit shown in FIGS. 2-4, various other combinations may be made as by adding the units 17 to the outer side of wing table 14, adding the twin units 11 and 12 to the outer side of table 14, and a variety of other groupings as they may be desired. I prefer, however, to employ the unit structures wherein there is combined with the nucleus table 19 various wing tables abutting the long sides of table 19 in abutting stabilized relation and wherein there is provided a progressively enlarging space area between the wing tables so that each student has the desired direct access to the central supply table 19 while at the same time having an individual study unit.

While in the foregoing specification I have set out specific structures in considerable detail [for the purpose of illustrating embodiments of the invention, it will be understood that such details may be varied widely by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of my invention.

I claim:

1. A segmental activity table for students, comprising a central nucleus table having three relatively long sides of equal length spaced apart by three relatively short sides of equal length, a plurality of wing tables each presenting a side equal in length to the long sides of said nucleus table and in free abutting relationship and mating with said long sides of said nucleus table to form substantially equal obtuse angles with said short sides thereof, whereby said nucleus table is bounded by laterally-extending wing tables separated by substantially equal spaced areas enlarging outwardly from each short side of said nucleus table, said wing tables each being independently unattachably removable from said nucleus table.

2. The combination of claim 1 wherein at least one of said wing tables is rectilinear in plan view.

3. The combination of claim 1 wherein at least one of said wing tables is semi-round in plan view.

4. A segmental activity table for students, comprising a central nucleus table having three relatively long sides of equal length spaced apart by three relatively short sides of equal length, a plurality of wing tables, one for each of said long sides of said nucleus table, at least one of said wing tables comprising a pair of rectilinear tables having first sides having a composite length equal to the length of said long side and in free abutting relationship and mating with said associated long side of said nucleus table, the remaining wing tables each presenting a side equal in length to the long side of said nucleus table and in free abutting relationship and mating with their associated long sides of said nucleus table, said wing tables forming substantially equal obtuse angles with said short sides of said nucleus table, whereby said nucleus table is bounded by laterally-extending wing tables separated by substantially equal space areas enlarging outwardly from each short side of said nucleus table, said wing tables each being independently unattachably removable from said nucleus table.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,342,147 9/ 1967 Shettles 108-64 PHILIP DIER, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification428/80, 428/542.8, 108/161, 108/64, D06/707
International ClassificationA47B87/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47B87/002
European ClassificationA47B87/00B
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Apr 7, 1988ASAssignment
Owner name: AMERICAN SEATING COMPANY, 901 BROADWAY N.W., GRAND
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST. EFFECTIVE;ASSIGNOR:AMERICAN SEATING COMPANY;REEL/FRAME:004847/0729
Effective date: 19880201
Owner name: AMERICAN SEATING COMPANY,MICHIGAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:AMERICAN SEATING COMPANY;REEL/FRAME:4847/729
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:AMERICAN SEATING COMPANY;REEL/FRAME:004847/0729
Aug 21, 1987ASAssignment
Owner name: CHRYSLER CAPITAL CORPORATION
Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:AMERICAN SEATING COMPANY;REEL/FRAME:004772/0275
Effective date: 19870722