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Publication numberUS473151 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 19, 1892
Filing dateDec 28, 1891
Publication numberUS 473151 A, US 473151A, US-A-473151, US473151 A, US473151A
InventorsCharles E. Good
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 473151 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 473,151, dated April 19, 1892.

I Application filed December 28, 1891- Serial No. 416,351. (No model) To aZZ whom it may concern.-

Be it known that we, CHARLES E. GOOD and CHARLES S. WHIPPLE, of Sunbury, in the county of Northnmberland, State of Pennsyl- Vania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Tables; and we do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it pertains to make and use it, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, which form part of this specification.

Our invention relates to an improvement in tables; and it consists in certain novel features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of parts which will be fully described hereinafter, and more particularly referred to in the claims.

The object of our invention is to provide an improved device for fastening the leg to the table, whereby the same is held securely while in place,but which may be detached at any time when it is desired to move the table from place to place.

Referring to the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of our improved fastening. Fig. 2 is a similar view, the brace and table-leg being detached. Fig. 3 is a sectional view on the line X X of Fig. 1.

A represents the rails of a table of any preferred construction, having dovetail slots B on their inner surfaces near their adjacent ends, as shown.

0 represents the table-leg, having inwardly-extending slots D on its right-angle sides, as shown,the said slots being on the angular faces against which the ends of the rails A abut. The inner corner or angle of the leg is cut downward, as shown, so that between the said slots D there are three angular faces, as will be readily understood by referring to Fig. 3. i

The fastening device or brace is formed of a single casting, and consists the angular socket portion E, which fits around the inner surface of the leg, the flanges F, which ex-' tend at right angles to each other and which enter the slots D, and the outwardly or backwardly extending wing portions G, which form rests for the rails A. Formed upon the outer surfaces of these wing portions G are the dovetail flanges H, which enter the corresponding vertical slots in the rails, as will.

be readily understood. Extending outward from the lower edges of these wing portions are the horizontal flanges or projections I, having turned-up outer edges J, as shown. By this means a rest is formed for the lower edge of the rail, thus making the weight of the said rails equal upon every portion of the said wings.

Upon the upper end of the fastener-casting is formed the horizontal web K, which connects the wings G, thus bracing them very materially. The said web is extended over the socket portion, as shown at L, thus forming a stop for the said casting, which rests in a depression M, formed on the top of the post.

Itis designed to secure the casting and rails together by means of the grooves B, flanges H, and rests I upon the lower edge of the wings G. Screws N may also be employed, if so desired. Thus it will be seen that the casting, the rails, and the table supported thereby can be detached from the legs by simply raising the table-frame and allowing the legs to drop downward and outward from the sockets of the castings. The top surface of the post, the web K, and the rails A being on the same plane, a level surface is formed for the support of the table-top.

A screw 0 may be employed to secure the casting and leg together; but in order to make the leg more readily detachable we provide a spring P, which is secured at its lower end to the leg and its upper end so bent as to engage the lower web Q, as shown in Fig. l. A brace thus formed is very strong, and, owing to the peculiar construction and formation of. the flanges, it is impossible for the several connected parts to become detached.

Having thus described our invention, we claim 1. In a table, the combination, with a post having vertical slots formed on its faces and vertical slotted rails adapted to abut the said faces, of a casting having flanges which enter the said vertical slots in the post, and a socket portionwhich fits around the post between the said flanges, vertical flanges on the outer faces of the casting which engage the slots in the rails, and flanges on the lower edges of the sides of the casting upon which the rails rest, substantially as shown and described.

2. In a table, the combination, with the vertically-slotted leg and the vertically-slotted rails, of a casting having vertical flanges which engage the said slots,a web formed on the top of the casting which rests on the top surface of the post, outwardly-projecting flanges on the lower edges of the casting which form rests for the rails, a Web formed on the lower end of the casting, and a spring 10 secured at its lower end to the leg and adapted to engage the said last-named Web at its upper end, substantially as shown and described.

In testimony whereof we affix on r signatures in presence of two witnesses.




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Cooperative ClassificationA47B13/021