US 3866991 A
A cantilever sewing machine table employing an overhanging top arranged to support a sewing machine outside the periphery of the top in easily accessible position while leaving the table top completely unobstructed for laying out work and providing drophead support for the machine so that it may be lowered and laterally moved into the outline of the support to a concealed position under the table top when not in use.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent Wener [451 Feb. 18, 1975 1 CANTILEVER SEWING MACHINE TABLE  Inventor:
 Assignee: Inc. International Education Sewing Manual, Phoenix, Ariz.
 Filed: Jan. 16, 1973  Appl. No 324,137
Harry Wener, Phoenix, Ariz.
 US. Cl. 312/29, 312/23  Int. Cl A47b 81/00  Field of Search 312/21, 27-30, 312/l94196, 208, 250, 281, 282; 108/64  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,493,170 1/1950 Stiff et al. 108/64 U 3,356,434 12/1967 Theodores 312/250 3,565,502 2/1971 Bracy et a1 312/195 3,580,652 5/1971 Nielsen 1 312/208 3,652,143 3/1972 Wener 312/208 Primary Examiner-Casmir A. Nunberg Attorney, Agent, or FirmWarren F. B. Lindsley  ABSTRACT A cantilever sewing machine table employing an overhanging top arranged to support a sewing machine outside the periphery of the top in easily accessible position while leaving the table top completely unobstructed for laying out work and providing drophead support for the machine so that it may be lowered and laterally moved into the outline of the support to a concealed position under the table top when not in Use.
1 Claim, 5 Drawing Figures BACKGROIJNDGF THE INVENTION .This' invention relates to the field of furniture and more particularly to modern furniture structures for tableheight mountingof an operator controlled machine foruse in schools, homes, manufacturing plants and the like and for storing the machine in a concealed spot within the confines or the structure. Power oper-' ated machines, such as sewing machines, clothes pressers and similar power operated devices handle-large quantities of material and thereby require-large work tables in close association with the machines.
I-Ieretofore, structures for supporting sewing machines and the like lackedthe capability of. using the structure as a layout table or desk, whether or not the machines were out in working position.
Further, the support structures .formerly used were unsightly atall times and did not include the modern lines of present day furniture whenthe machines were n'otin use. p l
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In accordance with the invention'clairned, a n'ew'and improved cantilever type modern table is provided which is adapted to supporting in operating position for use and to store withinitwhen not in use a machine tool such as asewing machine.
A further object of this invention is to provide a cantilever style table surface combined with a storage space and drophead sewing machine telescopic support under the table top which does notin any way interfere with the unobstructed use'of the table top. Astill further object of this invention is to provide sewing rriachinesupport structure employing a cantilever supported overhanging table top having a clean and pleasing modern appearance both with the machine in operating position and when it is stored away under the table top.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent as the following description proceeds and the features of novelty which characterize this invention will be pointed out with particularity in the claims 'annexed to and forming part of this specification. I
BRIEF DESCRIPTION .OF THE DRAWING The present invention may be more readily described by reference to the accompanying drawing in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing the cantilever type sewing machine table incorporating the features of I this invention;
FIG. 2 is a, left end view of the structure shown in FIG. 1; t
FIG. 3' is a right end view, partially broken away showing the machine in elevated 'useable position and in dash lines the machine in storage position and in an intermediate position; e
FIG. 4'is an enlarged partial perspective view of FIG.
3 showing theclamping means for lacking the machine supporting shelve to the desk top when the shelve is in operative position; and
FIG. 5 is a rear view of FIG. 1;
DESCRIPTION F THE PREFERRED I EMBODIMENT Referring more particularly to the drawing by characters of reference, FIGS. 1 5 illustrate a sewing machine desk or table 9. having a pair of U-shaped vertically positioned'ends or legs 10 and 11, secured to a desk top 12 at opposite ends thereoffEach of the horizontal positions 13 and 14 of legs 11 and l2are provided with adjustable pads v15.
Partition l6 divides the space between the upstanding legs 10 and llinto a compartment 17 and a leg space 18 The leg space 18 hasa drawer l9 slidable mounted underneath the desk top12 in the usual manner.
A suitable drophead machine support member .20
carrying 'a sewing machine'2l is located offsetto one side of the leg space 18. y y
Sinceit is-desirablev to provide an overhang of suit able dimensions. such .that an operator may use the table asa work surface when facing the desk, the drophead machine support member 20 must be so arranged that it can telescopically slide'outwardly' of compartment l7 far enough to clear the overhang when moved vertically to a sewing position level-with top of desk top 12.
The drophead. machine support member 20 comprises the leverand spring'mechanism 22 (well known in the art) suitably supporting a vhorizontaly moveable rack or platen 23. Plat'en 23 is pulled horizontally outwardly from its compartment storage position A shown in FIG. 3 to position B. v
Slidably mounted on platen 23 is a box like support- 24 for supporting sewing machine 21. Reference is made to US. Pat. No. 3,652,143-granted Mar. 28, 1972 to I-Iarry Wener-for a more detailed description of this structure. Support, 24 is provided with a horizontal track in each of the side walls of support 24. Platen 23 has a-pair of steel rails fastened to its edges one on each side of box like support 24 which fit into the horizontal track as described in U.S. Pat. No. 3,652,143.
As the platen 23 is pulled horizontally outwardly of the table 10 by grasping the side walls of support 24, the weight of sewing machine 21 on platen 23 and the friction of the rails in grooves keep the platen 23 and support 24in their relative position shown in position B (FIG. 3).
When further 'puII is exerted on support 24 when in position B and the drophead machine support member 20 is lifted .upwardly, support 24 will slide along the rails another predetermined distance equal to or slightly more than the table top overhang so that support 24 assumes the position C shown in FIG. 3. Suitable stops (not shown) mounted on platen 23 limited the horizontal movement of support 24 relative to platen 23. a
In accordance with the invention claimed, a cantilever desk type structure is provided the U-shaped legs of which support the desk and platen supportedsewing machine along onlytwo vertical supporting leg portions 25 and 26. These leg portions arranged along the back of the desk or table form the bite of the U-shaped legs 11 and 12. Thus, the disclosed structure is open at the front so that the desk top 12 may be more conveniently used from the front end by an operator as a desk whether the sewing machine 21 is in usable position or stored in its compartment.
In order to more effectively tie the platen 23 to the top 12 of desk or table 9, an L-shaped clamp 28 is fastened to the rear surface of support 24 with its leg 29 extending horizontally rearwardly therefrom. Arranged in cooperating arrangement therewith is an inverted U- shaped clamp 30. Clamp 30 is provided to outline between its legs a channel 31 within which leg 29 of clamp 28 moves when the platen 23 is moved upwardly and then rearwardly during a platen elevating operation thereby stabilizing the platen for more steady sewing machine operation.
As shown in the figures of the drawing, compartment 17 in table 9 may be provided with a door 32 which closes the compartment when the drophead machine support member 24 and the associated machine 21 are stored within it.
Although but one embodiment of the present invention has been illustrated and described it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention or from the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
4 1. A cantilever type sewing machine table comprising in combination:
a pair of upstanding spaced U-shaped leg members, each of said U-shaped leg members comprising a pair of legs horizontally arranged and facing in the same direction, one of said legs of each of said members arranged to support a table top along its length and the other of said legs of each of said members being arranged for positioning along the floor, an overhanging table top supported on said one of said legs of each of said members, a compartment suspended from said table top between said members at one end of said table top, a drophead machine support member supported on said table top within said compartment, said drophead machine support member comprising a platen and a sewing machine support telescopically arranged for relative movement longitudinally of each other a predetermined amount, said sewing machine support moving on said platen a distance substantially equal to the overhang of said table top, and clamping means mounted on said platen for cooperating with a fixed partthereof mounted on the under side of said table top for securing said platen and said table top in a common horizontal plane when said drophead machine support member is in machine operative position.