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Publication numberUS445159 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 27, 1891
Filing dateMay 10, 1890
Publication numberUS 445159 A, US 445159A, US-A-445159, US445159 A, US445159A
InventorsPeter J. Bresnan
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 445159 A
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(No Model.) 2-Sheets--Sheet 1.


No. 445,159. Patented Jan. 27, 1-891.

' ATTORNEY (No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet 2, P. J. BRESNAN.

PORTABLE TABLE. No. 445,159. Patented Jan. 27, 1891.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 445,159, dated January 27, 1891.

Application filed May 10, 1890. Serial No. 361,848. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that 1, PETER J. BRESNAN, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city, county, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Portable Tables, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to a portable table and straight-edge, such as are used by paper-hangers; and the object of my invention is to make a table and straight-edge in such a manner that they may be easily carried from place to place, and while so carried occupy a small space.

In the accompanyingdrawings, which illustrate my invention, similar letters of reference indicate like parts.

Figure l is a longitudinal elevation of my improved table. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the under side of the top of the table. Fig. 3 is an end view of the table. Fig. t is a view showing the top of the table removed from the supports and closed upon itself and in a condition to be rolled longitudinally in a smaller compass. Figs. 5 and G are plan views of the stretchers which are used between the side pieces of the top of the table. Fig. 7 is a section through the joint of the side rails of the top of the table. Figs. 8 and 0, respectively, show the method of locking the supports for the top of the table. Fig. 10 is a longitudinal section through one of the side rails of the top of the table, and shows the position of a small pin to keep the top rails when closed from sliding on themselves.

The invention consists in the peculiar construction, arrangement, an d combinations of parts hereinafter more particularly described, and then definitely claimed.

A A represent the top of the table com posed of the side rails A A, and 13 a center rail. These side rails and center rail are divided at about their center a, and provided with the hinged joint C, made substantially as shown in Fig. 7. The rails A A and B are arranged to interlock and be stiffened by a tongue-and-groove joint, as shown at D, Fig. 7. Connecting the rails A A and covering the rail B is aportion of canvas or similar material E, which is properly secured to the rails A A and B. This canvas is made longer than the rails to provide the flappieces E, provided with the strap E F and G, Figs. 5 and 6,are stretcher-pieces. The pieces F are inserted between the respective side pieces A A and over the center piece 13, the ends fof the side piece F entering into recesses provided in pieces A A, and the end of rail B entering into the recess f of the stretcher F. The stretcher G is made, as shown in Fig. 6, so that the ends g slip over and under the side rails A.

II represents cross-legs pivoted at h and provided at their upper ends with tongues h, which enter into slots (0' provided in castings located on the under side of the rails A A, substantially as shown in Fig. 9. Three of such cross-legs are shown; but a greater number may be used, if desired. Between the cross'legs are the X stretcher-pieces I pivoted at 2', and having their ends so arranged as to take into the orifices 7L2 of the cross-legs H, substantially as shown in Fig. 8.

At Fig. 10 is shown a small pin J arranged in one of the side pieces A A, which takes into a casting on the opposite side piece .1.

In erecting my table I first stretch out the top portion; then introduce the stretchers F and G; then buckle the flaps E over the stretchers F; then introduce the hooks H of the cross-legs II in the orifices of the side pieces A; then put in the X stretcher-pieces I between the cross-legs, and finally stretch the wire-fasteners P so that their ends are introduced in the eyes Q, which effectually secures the standing frame-work.

To take down my improved table 1 reverse the course of operation described and lay all. the parts in the top piece when it occupies the position shown in Fig. l. The whole is then rolled up together and secured by a strap R, provided with the handle S.

It will be seen that by this construction a very light, yet comparatively stiff table will be provided, for the stretchers keep the side bars of the table spread open and thus stretch the intermediate canvas, which is further strained by the drawing of the straps through the buckles, and. thus there is but little, if any, tendency of the cloth to droop in the center.

Having thus described my invention, I claim- 1. The combination, in a table, of the side rails- A, intermediate canvas E attached thereto, and center bar B, with the stretchers F G, said stretcher F fitting into the ends of the rails A and receiving the rail B, and the stretcher G having slotted ends g embracing the side rails, substantially as described.

2. The combination, in a table, of the side rails A, intermediate canvas E attached thereto, and center bar B, wih the stretchers F Gto keep the canvas stretched transversely, and the flaps E, straps E, and buckle E to keep the cloth stretched longitudinally, substantially as described.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 7th day of May, 1890.


In presence of F. BUDD, GEO. H. BENJAMIN.

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Cooperative ClassificationA47B3/02