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Publication numberUSRE20610 E
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 4, 1938
Filing dateOct 9, 1933
Publication numberUS RE20610 E, US RE20610E, US-E-RE20610, USRE20610 E, USRE20610E
InventorsLeonard H. Darbyshire
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cabinet design
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| H. DARBYSHIRE Re. 20,610

CABINET DESIGN origin-a1 Filed oct. 9, 1933 INVEN 0R ya/lira f- Reissued Jan. 4, 1938 UNITED STATES Re.- 20,610 l CABINET vnEsrcrN leonard '11. Derbyshire, Detroit, Mich., assignor, by mesne assignments, to Borg-Warner Corporation, a corporation of Illinois Original No. 2,059,182, dated October 27, 1936.

Serial No. 692,882, October 9, 1933. Applica.- tion for reissuejFebruary 4, 1937, Serial No.

This invention relates to the construction of cabinets generally employed for refrigeration purposes and'has particular relation to the outer wall, frame, and supporting structure which such cabinets ordinarily embrace.

An object of the invention is to provide a cabinet which shall be easy to assemble, attractive in appearance, and which can be manufactured at a cost comparable with the cost of cabinets of other designs now being produced.

Another object of -the invention is to provide a cabinet for refrigeration purposes, the outer surface of which is covered by` a'shell embracing among other parts; a pair of end pieces or sec- Ytions which are provided with flanged edge portions projecting inwardly toward the central portion of the cabinet upn the front and upper walls thereof. j

Another object of the invention is to provide a cabinet having an outer shell portion formed to cover the surface thereof and embracing a pair of end sections connected at the top by a top panel covering only a portion of the upper surface of the cabinet with the remaining portion of such. surface being covered by inwardly projecting portions of the panels employed for covering the ends of the cabinet.

, Another object of the invention is to provide a new type of base or supporting legs for refrigerators which will provide for the latter a more rigid support and at the same time will give to the appearance of the entire structure a more massive and pleasing effect.

Another object ofv the invention is to provide for a cabinet to be employed for refrigeration purposes, a support consisting of a pair of spaced legs having a connecting portion adjacent the upper extremities thereof which will not only provide a stifiening element for the legs, but will provide a substitute for. a panel member which ordinarily has been embodied in the cabinet structure supported by the legs.

Another object of the invention is to provide a resilient separating member to be disposed between the lower surface of a cabinet employed in refrigeration purposes and one or more of the legs supporting the cabinet for the purpose of deadening thesound vibrations generated in the refrigerating mechanism employed in the cabinet and which might otherwise be transmitted through the cabinet legs to within the building in which the refrigerator is employed.

The embodiment of the invention disclosed for the purpose of illustration comprises generally a pair of end sections which, in the present instance,

19 claims. l (cino-9) are formed from a single sheet of metal by suitably constructed dies and each of which is provided with inwardly anged edge portions at the upper and the front and rear edge portions thereof. The flanges at the front of the end sections aforesaid, project inwardly for the purpose of covering the front surface of the cabinet beyond the door openings formed therein and at the upper extremities thereof, the flanged portions project inwardly to provide preferably a flush joint with an upper section, the forward edge of which extends downwardly tward the aforesaid door openings and in such region provides for closing the space between the inwardly flanged front and upper portions of the end panels. I. l

The refrigerator, if desired, may be provided with a frame of any suitable character, an insulated inner compartment for storing provisions, and a machine compartment for housing the refrigerating mechanism with which such cabinets 20 ordinarily are provided. Any number of doors may be employed for obtaining access to the interor of the refrigerated compartment and to the machine compartment employed therewith.

'I'he leg's, in the present instance, are formed 25 of stamped sheet metal and extend a considerable distance along the two` sides of the cabinet adjacent each corner. The legs, however, may be' formed of any suitable material and may be of any desired design. 30 At the front of the cabinet there is employed an elongatedv reinforcing panel which extends downwardly just below the front of the cabinet and lls the space between the two front legs. Rubber gaskets are employed between the flanged 35 upper portion of each of the legs and the lower parts of the cabinet adjacent thereto and between the front reinforcing panel and the legs and the lower partof the cabinet adjacent such panel.

` It will be observed that a plurality of doors are employed on the front of the cabinet for the refrigerating and machine compartment and that such doors are so closely disposed together as to provide a substantially continuous panel over the 45 entire` front of the cabinet in the space within the border formed by the inwardly projecting front flanges of the two side panels and the downwardly projecting front ang'e of the upper panel. This construction not only saves some of tl".` 3 ma- 50 terial heretofore required in finishing up the front of a cabinet, but it contributes materially to the beauty and symmetry ofthe entire structure.

For a better understanding/oi the invention,

reference may now be had to the accompan/y/ing.Y55

this speciication, in

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary vertical sectional View taken at one of the upper corners of the refrigerator and substantially in the -plane of line Fig. 6 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional" view takenrin the plane of line B-l of Fig. 1;

Fig. 7 is a vertical sectional viewtaken through the cross-frame structure-at the lower front part of the insulated compartment formed in the refrigerator and illustrating the structure las it would appear substantially in the plane of line 1-1 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 8 is a fragmentary sectional view taken substantially in the plane of line 8 8 of Fig. 1; and l Fig." 9 is a fragmentary sectional view of the base and a lower portion of the cabinet struc'- ture to which the base is secured, the view being taken substantially in the plane of line 9 9 of Fig. 1.

The'cabinet I0 employed in practicing the in-l vention consists generally of a pair of side walls II and I2,'an upper lwall I3, an intermediate Wall or lower refrigerating compartment wall I4 Iand a rear wall I6. Inside the two walls II and I2 and between the lower wall I4 and the upper wall I3, there is formed a heat insulated re,

irigerating compartment II, and beneath the wall I4 and between the walls II and I2. there is formed a machine compartment I8 in which the condensing unit (not shown) for the refrig- Y erating mechanism may beA disposed` The vwalls or the refrigerating compartment I1 are provided with thick insulating slabs oi any suitable character, and the walls ofv the machine com partment I8 are provided, if desired, with relatively thin soundabsorbing slabs for damping out the vibrations and noises originating in the .refrigerating mechanism located therein.

. The refrigerating compartment I1 may have one or more doors such as those indicated at 2| and 22. When two doors are employed. as in the present instance. there generallyis provided a center post or pilaster, such as that indicated at 23, for enclosing the space between the doors and providing a solid obstruction against which the inner edges of the doors are supported. These doors normally are heat insulatedas are the remainder of the walls of the refrigerating compartment I'I. The front of the machine compartment I8 is enclosed by a door 24 which is substantially of the same width as are the two doors 22 and 2|, and the upper edge of the door is spaced beneath the lower edges ,of the doors 2| and 22 by such a slight distance as to give the entire front of the cabinet the appearance of being covered by a unitary panel. Considering these doors as a unitary panel indicated generally at 26, it will be observed that the spaces beyond the sides of the panel at the upper and i como side extremities thereof, are substantially equal. It also will be observed that the space between the two doors 2l and 22 is substantially of the same width as the space between the lower edges of the 'two doors 2| and 22 and the upper edge of the machine compartment door 24. The entire cabinet structure issupported by a base 2I consisting of front sections 28 supporting the front oi' the cabinet, and a pair of sections or legs 29 supporting'the rear of the cabinet.

In order to provide a supporting structure for the several walls of the cabinet Ill, there is employed internally thereof, a frame 3|, the front portion of which is formed around the front of the cabinet to provide a door frame y32 through which the insulated refrigerating compartment II in the interior ofthe cabinet is accessible. The front and outer edges of the frame at the top and two sides of the cabinet surrounding both the refrigerating compartment I'I and 'the machine compartment IB are relieved to. provide a widely rounded edge indicated at J33, so that the exterior covering ot the cabinet can be formed with the desired contour in such regions. At the upper corners oi the cabinet there are also a pair' of rearwardly extended frame members indicated at 34 and the upper outer corners of which are rounded as indicated at 33, to provide clearance-for permitting the formation of the outer shell of the cabinet in such,'regions to provide the desired contour.

The rear of the cabinet is supported by a rear frame indicated at 36, consisting of a pair ofvertical side members 31 and cross members arranged at points between the two for giving the frame the proper strength and rigidity. Various other cross members are provided between the vfront and rear frames 3| and 36 for the purpose of rigidly maintaining the two frames in proper relation. Inside the refrigerating compartment II andwithin the various frame members located thereabout and within the walls oi the cabinet, there is disposed an inner shell or tank member 39, and the front edges of whichare provided -with flanges indicated at 4|, which are secured to the inside edge oi' thefront frame 3| around the door opening formed therein. l

Outside oi' the tank 33 and betweenthe frame membersv thereabout, there lare employed slabsI of heat insulating material indicated at 42, which f tend to materially reduce the ow of heat be# tween the interior and the exterior oi the cabinet.

, A topsubpanel 62, of wood or any other suitable reiniorcing material, is disposed above the insulating material 42 on the top of the container 33'and is secured between the front, side, and rear top frame members and supported thereby in such a manner that the upper-surface is ilush with that oi' said frame members. Sub-panel 62 is cut away at the side edges thereof to provide a groove extending across the top of the frame and which is adapted to receive flanges provided 4on the top and side panels of the cabinet.

For covering. the exterior of the cabinet, there is employed an outer shell or covering indicated generally at 43 and consisting principally of a pair of side panels 44 and 46, an upper panel 41 and a rear panel 43. The two side or end panels 44 and 46 extend from top to bottom of the cabinet, alongthe sides of the machine compartment I8 and the refrigerating compartment II, and not only cover the two walls of the cab-r inet at the sides thereof, but also cover portions of the front, top and back walls' of the cabinet inside the inwardly projecting front, top and rear flanges 49, 5| and 52 thereof. These panels preferably are made of sheet metal and shaped in a die, suitable for the purpose, although it is apparent that they can be formed of any desired material and by any suitable process. The inner edges of the front flanges 49 are formed with securing flanges 53 which extend inwardly of the opening to the refrigerating compartment I1 and are secured to the inner edges of the door frame 3| directly opposite the flanges 4| formed .i on the inner shell or tank 39. All ofthe flanges,

` rial and the frame of the cabinet in regions adjacent thereto. v

The side panels 44 and 46 are put on the walls of the cabinet by first inserting the securing flanges 53 inside the door opening and holding the remainder thereof away from the cabinet and upwardly beyond the Inormal position thereof, to such an extent that the upper securing flanges 51 are free to move above the upper surface of the cabinet. From this position, the sections are pivoted inwardly upon the flanges 53 until the sides of the cabinet are engaged by the inward surfaces thereof, and the flange 52 is in position upon the rear cabinet wall. When the panels are in this position, the flanges 51 are immediately above the grooves formed in the top of the cabinet and may thereafterbe in-r,l

serted therein simply by allowing the panels to slide Ydownwardly upon the cabinet side walls. In order to prevent the panels from rattling or from becoming displaced upon the frame, any vnumber of screws, indicated at 6|, may be employed along the rear and upper edges of the panels to secure them in position.

The top panel 41, which, in the present instance, is substantially of the same cross sectional contour as are the two side panels 44 and 46, also has a front flange 63 projecting downwardly across the front of the cabinet and into the door opening space therein and the lower end of which is provided with an inwardly projecting securing flange 64, which is adapted to be securedaround the lower surface of the' upper section of the door frame 32. The rear edge of the top panel 41 also is turned downwardly, as is indicated at 66, for the purpose of engaging a. portion of the back of the cabinet, as do the rear flanges 52 on the side panels 44 and 46. 'I'he opposite edges of the upper panel 41 are turned downwardly and inwardly across the top and A front and rear sections thereof, respectively and as is indicated at 61, to provide securing flanges 61 which are adapted to extend downwardly into the grooves formed in the top, frontA and rear of the cabinet and into which the securing flanges 51 also project. l e

When the upper panel 41 is in position upon the upper surface of the cabinet, the flanges 61 are spaced a short distance from the flanges 51 located directly oppc-sitely thereto, to provide spaces for receiving resilient gaskets 69. These gaskets, which may be formed of any suitable kind of soft and resilient material, are preferably formed with an outer meet portion 1| and an inner lock portion 12, which is adapted to project around the inner extremities of tl'a flanges 61 and between which portions there is provided a web portion 13 which is adapted to retain the flanges 51 and 61'in properly spaced relation. VThe upper panel 41 is placed in position somewhat like the side panels 44 and 46, by inserting the securing flange 64 beneath the lower edge of the upper member of the frame 32 and then moving the vrear of the panel downwardly until4 the rear flange 66 is in position beside the flanges 51. The

gasket 69 is placed in position upon the flanges 61 before the top-*panel isl moved into position, and consequently the gaskets slide downwardly into position between the flanges 51 and 61 as the top is moved into place.

'It will be observed that the cabinet has the appearance, from the front sides and top thereof, of being constructed principally of three pieces consisting of the side panels 44, 45 and the top panel 41 and a plurality'of doors covering substantially the entire front of the'cabinet except for the space thereabout formed by the front flange portion of the top and two sides aforementioned. The top panel 41 is so formed and moved into position as t o form substantially flush joints with the upper, extremities of the two end panels 44 and 46, thus giving the cabinet a pleasing appearance characterized by a classic sim. plicityL of design.

The back of the cabinet can be covered by an ordinary flat covering such as that indicated at y148, and the outer edges of whichare secured in any suitable manner inside the flanges 52 of the side panels 44 and 46 and the flange 66 of the top panel 41. v v

In the present instance, the doors 2| and 22 .of the refrigerating compartment |1 and the door 24 of the machine compartment I8 are positioned in such manner `as to extend outwardly a slight distance down the front of the cabinet to provide an outwardly projecting paneled effect, although it is apparent that the doors may be put on in n 4 any other desired manner without materially changing the appearance of the entire structure.

The base 21, consisting of the front section 28 and the two rear sections 29, normally is secured upon inwardly projecting ilangesl formed along the upper edges of the parts, and between these flanges and the cabinet there are disposed a plui ,rality of beaded rubber gasket sections indicated generally at 11. The. front section Z9 of the base consists of a pair ofymassive legs 19 and 8|, and between which there is connected, .with suitable rubber gaskets 32 and 83 at opposite ends thereof, a spacing panel Aor skirt B4. Adjacent the central portion of the panel 84 there is formed, outwardly from the rest of the surface thereof, a projection 86, the surface of which is set at an 'angle to the vertical surface of the cabinet and base adjacent thereto, to provide a region where. the name of the product may be easily seen by anyone standing in front of the cabinet and looking downwardly. The spacing panel 84 is secured to the adjacent edges of the legs 19 and 8| by bolts 81 which Vare adapted 'to compress the gaskets 82 and 83 between flanges 89 and 9| formed at the adjacent edges of the aforesaid parts. It is preferable to provide practically all of the edges of the two legs 29, the legs 19 and 8 and the spacing panel 84, with rearwardly extending flanges 'on both the upper and lower extremities thereof and on intermediate edges therebetween, in order to provide the base structure with adequate structural strength and in adbe manufactured as separate units and assembled l sive appearance. Where the doors on the front of the cabinet project outwardly thereof, as do the doors in the cabinet I0, disclosed hereinfit may be desirable to provide the front face section with a forwardly projecting portion indicated at 83, in the region thereof just below the lower edge of the machine compartment door 24.

Thisportion of the space carries out the general paneled eifect formed by the doors in the front surface of the cabinet and prevents the doors from having the appearance of overhanging the base.

`The frame structure, insulation, inner and outer coverings, the doors and the base, all may in production insuch manner that any part may be taken off and replaced, in theevent it should appear defective or become damaged in any way. For cooling the refrigerating compartment of the cabinet. any desired type of rei'rigerating mechanism may be employed, and the heat dissipating unit for which may be located in the machine compartment of the cabinet or wherever else desired.

It is to be understood that the invention is not Ilimited to the specific features of the structure disclosed, but is toV be considered broadly as is represented by the scope of the appended claims.

I claim: 1. A heat insulated cabinet comprising a top wall, an end wall and a front wall having a 'front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating door opening formed therein, said door opening having la vertically disposed edge portion in spaced relation to the outer surface of said end "wall, said top and front Walls having a groove formed across the upper surfaces thereof, respectively, in alignment with said edge of and terminating at said door opening, and a flanged end panel for covering the end surfaces of said cabinet disposed outwardly of said groove and edge of said door opening and the corner formed bythe juncture of said three walls, said covering having securing anges projecting inwardly of said cabinet for engagement therewith within said door opening and said groove.

2. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality 0f heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall, a front wall, and a pair of end walls, said compartment, and door means for closingsaid access opening, covering means for said end walls and comprising a pair of preformed metallic end panels, one for each of said end Walls, each of said panels covering an end wall and a portion of said front wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door means,

covering means for said top wall and comprising a preformed metallic panel extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door means, said covering means also including two additional covering portions, one for each side of lsaid cabinet. ea'ch of said additional portions being integral ywith one of said panels and extending continuously over and covering a corner between said top, end and front walls, said covering means completely and continuously covering said top and side walls and the corners therebetween.`

3. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall. va front wall, and a pair of end walls, said adele' dition, to give the entire base a rugged and masfront wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating compartment, door means for closing said access opening, a preformed metallic top panel and a pair of preformed metallic end panels for completely and continuously covering said top and .end Walls, each of said panels being provided with an integral flange, said iianges extending over the corners between said front wall and said topK and end walls, respectively, and each of the corners formed by the junction of said top, front and end walls, said flanges completely and continuously covering that portion of said front wall between said door means and said top and end Walls respectively. v

4. A cabinet structure having three adjoining Walls with a corner formed at the juncture of said walls, a continuous groove formed in the outer surface of two of said walls in spaced relationship to the third one of said Walls, and a preformed cover for the outer surface of the third one of vsaid walls, said cover having a continuous portion covering said groovedlwallsY between said groove and said third wall and the corner formed at the juncture of said Walls and securing flanges arranged to fit within said groove.

5. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated v ering member for said top Wall and a portion of said front wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door, and a pre- .formed metallic covering member for said end wall and a portion of said front wall and extending -continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door, one of said covering members having ,a portion extending continuously over the corner between said top and end Walls and abutting the other of said covering members and covering the corner between said 120D. end and front walls.

6. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat'insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrlgerating compartmentand including a top wall, a front walls and an end Wall defining a corner of said. cabinet, said front wall having an access opening fomied-therein for providing access to said rei'rigerating compartment, a preformed metallic covering for said top wall and a portion of said front wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said access opening, and a'preformed metallic covering for said end wallV and a portion of said front WallA and extending continuously from the back of said 'cabinet to said access opening, one of said coverings hating a portion extending continuouslyover the corner between said top and end walls and adjoining the other of said coverings and covering the corner between said top, end and front Walls. 7. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating Walls forming-a heat insulated refrigerating compartment-and including a. top wall, a front wall, and a pair of end walls, said front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating compartment, door means for closing said access opening, a pair of preformed metallic end panels, one for each of said end walls, each of said said front wall and extending continuously from 6 said top, end and front walls, and covering means for completely covering said top wall between said pair of panels and extending from the back of said cabinet to said door means.

8. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality 10 0f heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and including a to-p wall, a front wall, and a pair of end walls, said front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating compartment, door means `for closing said access opening, a pair of preformed metallic end panels, one for each of said end walls, each of said panels covering an encLwall and a portion of said front wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door means, each of said panels further having a portion extending continuously over the corner between said top and end walls and covering the corner between said top, end and front walls and covering means for completely covering that portion of said front vand top Walls between said end panels and extending from the back of said cabinet to said door means.

/ 9. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating Walls forming a heat` insulated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall, a front Wall and a pair of en d walls, said front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating compartment, a preformed metallic covering for cess opening, a pairv of preformed metallic end said top wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said access opening, the lateral edges of said covering being disposed in alignment with the vertical edges of said acpanels, one for each of said end walls, each 0 1 said end panels completely covering an end Wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said access opening, each of saidend panels further being provided with a flange portionk extending continuously over the corner between said front, top and end walls and the corner between said top and end Walls and covering that portion of said top wall adjoining and disposed laterally of said top Wall covering.

10. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated -refrigerator cabinet and including a top wall, a front Wall, and a pair of end walls, said front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to ksaid refrigerating compartment, door means `for closing said access opening, a covering for said top wall and extend-v ing from the back of said cabinet to said door means, the lateral edges of lsaid covering being spaced inwardly from and disposed parallel to the end Walls of said cabinet, and a -pair of preformed metallic end panels, one for each of said end walls, each of said end panels completely covering an end wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door means, each of said end panels further being provided with a flange portion extending continuously over the corner between said front, top and end walls andthe corner between said top and end-walls '(5' ity of heat insulating walls forming a heat insuy and covering that portion of said top wall adjoining and disposed laterally of said top wall covering. l f,

11. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurallated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall and a plurality of side walls, a preformed metallic panel for one of said side walls and including a flange extending continuously over portions of said top Wall and the two of said side walls adjacent to said one of said side walls,

Vsaid panel also extending continuously over all of the corners between said three mentioned side LWalls and said top wall, one of said side walls having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating compartment, one edge of said panel defining an edge of said access opening, and a preformed metallic panel for said top wall-for completely covering the surface thereof adjoining said flange and having depending portions covering portions of said two adjacent side walls and the corners between said two adjacent s ide walls and said top wall, at least one of said depending portions extending downwardly substantially only to the level of the upper horizontal edge of said access opening.

^ l2. A refrigerating cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating walls forming' a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall, a front wall and a pair of end walls',

said front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating v compartment, door means for closing said opening, a covering for said top wall and extending from the back of said cabinet to said door means, the lateral edges of said covering being disposed parallel with said end Walls, and a pair of preformed metallic end panels, one for each of said end walls, each of said panels completely covering an end wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door means, each of said end panels further being provided with a flange portion extending. continuously over the corners between said front, top and end walls and covering that portion of said top Wall adjoining and disposed laterally of said top wall covering.

13. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall, a front wall, and an end wall defining a. corner of said cabinet, said front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating compartment, a door for closing said opening, a preformed metallic covering member for said top wall and extending continuously fromlthe back of said cabinet to said door, and a preformed metallic covering member for said end wall and a portion of said front wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinet to said door, one of said covering members having a portion extending continuously `over the corner between said top and end walls and abutting the other of said covering members and `covering the corner between said top, end

and front walls.

'14. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and includ- -ing atop Wall, a front Wall, and a pair of end over the corners between said front Wall and said top and end walls, respectively, and each of the corners formed by the junction of said top, front and end walls, said iiange portions completely and continuously covering that portion of said front wall between said door means and said top and end walls, respectively, and said end wall covering means extending beyond said refrigerating compartment to define the side walls of an apparatus compartment below said refrigerating compartment.

15. A refrigerator cabinet comprising a plu- -rality of heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall, a front and an end wall, said front wall having an access opening formed therein for providing access to said refrigerating compartment, door for closing said accessopening, a preformed metallic end panel and a preformed metallic top panel for completely and continuously covering said end Wall and that portion of said top wall in line with said door, each of said panels being provided with an integral flange, said flanges extending over the corners between said iront wall and said top and end walls, respectively, and the corner formed by the junction of said topl front` and end walls, said flanges completely and continuously l covering that portion of said front wall between said door and said top and end walls, respectively, and said end panel extending beyond said refrigerating compartment to define a side wall ofi an apparatusv compartment.

16. A heat insulated cabinet comprising a refrigerating compartment having an upper wall. said upper wall having a doorvopening beneath `the front edge portion. thereof, a pair oiA spaced and parallel grooves formed from front to rear oi' said wall and across said front edge portion,

panel having an edge portion projecting within said door opening, a portion extending across the front edge of said'upper Wall, a portion extendl ingacross the top of said upper wall and said front edge and top portions of said cover being .provided with flanges extending into said spaced and parallel grooves.

1'?. A heat insulated cabinet provided with a top wall, a pair of side walls and a iront wall,

said walls forming a heat insulated. con'xpartment internally thereof and said front wall'be'- ing provided with a door opening therein for.

ment with the side portions oi' said door opening.

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a cover for said top and a/portionof said front walls. said cover being provided'with a pair of laterally projecting iianges for insertion within said grooves, and a pair of resilient gaskets provided'with grooves adapted to receive said flanges whereby said flanges and gaskets may be projected into said grooves in s aid walls when said cover is moved downwardly upon the latter. 18. A- refrigerator cabinet comprising a plurality of heat insulating walls forming a heat insulated refrigerating compartment and including a top wall, a'front wall, and a pair of end walls, said front wall having an access opening formed thereinfor providing access to said refrigerating compartment, door means for closing said access opening, a pair of preformed metallic end panels, `one foreach of said end walls, each of said panels covering an end wall and a portion of said front wall and extending continuously from the back of said cabinetto said door means, each of said panels further having a portion extending continuously over the corner between said top andl end walls. and

covering the corner between said top, end andv front walls, covering means for completely covering said top wall betweenlsaid pair of panels and extending from the back of said cabinet to said door means, and spacer members arranged between the adjacent edges of said panels and said covering means.

19,A refrigerator cabinet comprising refrigrerating and apparatus .compartments and including front, top and end walls, an access opening to said refrigerating compartment in said iront wall, a door for closing said opening, an

outeri covering for completely and continuously covering one of said top and end walls and comprising a preformed metallic panel Amember having a continuous iianged portionextending along at least .two sidesthereof and forming a corner, said portion covering that part of said iront wall between said door and said one of said top and end walls and forming a continuation of an outer covering for the other of said top and endfwalls,

an outer-.covering member for said other of said top and end walls and comprising a preformed 1' metallic panel member having an integral iianged portion covering that part of saidV front Wall between said door and said other of said top and J end walls, one of said panel members extending beyond said rei'rlgerjating compartment to define a wall of said apparatus compartment.

LEONARD H. DARBYSHIRE.

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