Invertible Surface Patents (Class 108/62)
  • Patent number: 9459040
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a refrigerator includes a center frame provided to be spaced apart from the both walls of the body. The center frame includes a rear coupling unit coupling to the rear wall of the body, an arm unit extended forward from the rear coupling unit. The center frame may support at least two shelves disposed in a left side and a right side in the body so that the center frame supports moving of one or a combination of the shelves forward and backward with respect to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Kim, Se Youn Park, Young Min Park, Min Hyoug Boo, Jong-Hyub Lee
  • Patent number: 8113316
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a scaffolding and worktable apparatus with pivotally connected end legs, and in particular, to an apparatus that can be modified from a scaffold to a worktable by rotating collapsible end legs from a first position to a second position and an apparatus that can also be stored or used in a flattened configuration by rotating the end legs to a third stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventors: Kurt Sward, Rick Ellison, Brian Clemens, Peter Tennessen, Austen He
  • Publication number: 20100126392
    Abstract: A desk having a reversible work platform. In one embodiment, the reversible work platform is attached to a frame assembly with a plurality of bushings and associated bolts, and can be reconfigured from a left-handed configuration to a right-handed configuration by removing the bushings and bolts from above the desk, flipping the reversible work platform, and reinstalling the bushings and bolts from above the desk. In one embodiment, an L-shaped desk is reconfigured by flipping the reversible work platform and rearranging the parts of the frame assembly. Leg assemblies of the frame assembly include height adjustment mechanisms, which are actuated by a hand crank to change the height of the reversible work platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: WATSON FURNITURE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Robert B. Lanfear, Daniel A. Novak, Jacob Anthony Baron-Taltre
  • Patent number: 7407392
    Abstract: A power and data station rotatably mounted in an opening in a work surface comprising, a base having sloped power and data receptacle panels, a pair of torus hinges rotatably attached to said base, a lock bolt having a lock tooth fixedly attached to said base, a lock button slidably attached to said lock bolt, a first lock strike slot in one of said torus hinges, said lock tooth adapted to engage said lock strike slot to hold said station in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Doug Mockett & Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Cooke, Conrad Marini
  • Patent number: 6168227
    Abstract: A camper stand including a pair of elongated frame members mounted in parallel to the bottom of a camper. A pair of leg assemblies are pivotally supported intermediate the elongated frame members. Each leg assembly includes a crossbar, a pair of outer sleeves attached to the crossbar, and a pair of telescoping members with each telescoping member being positioned at least in part within a respective one of the outer sleeves. Each telescoping member has a plurality of holes, a selected one of which is engaged by a pin passing through the respective outer sleeve to fix the length of each leg. Each leg assembly is fixed in the extended position by a pair of detachable braces. The leg assemblies are folded to lie flat against the bottom of the camper to permit the camper to be mounted on the bed of a truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Edward T. Lofting
  • Patent number: 5873762
    Abstract: A playing structure in one embodiment comprises a plurality of playing structure modules arranged in an array. Each of the playing structure modules includes a re-orientatable top having at least two major sides, each of the at least two major sides constituting a playing surface. The playing surface on each major side of the re-orientatable top depicts a different scene. A support frame supports the re-orientatable top above the surface on which the support frame is located in a manner such that one of the playing surfaces is upwardly presented. The re-orientatable tops of the playing structure modules in the array are first arrangeable such that the scene over the upwardly presented playing surfaces of adjacent playing structure modules is continuous and visually fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: 550058 Alberta Limited
    Inventor: Robert de Chazal
  • Patent number: 5564343
    Abstract: An adjustable shelf for a paint colorant dispensing station comprises at least two platforms rotatably mounted on a pair of brackets. A pair of stops restrain the rotation of the shelf between two positions. One of the platforms is substantially horizontal and disposed beneath a dispensing head in one of the positions. The other platform is substantially horizontal and disposed beneath the dispensing head in the other of the positions. Each platform is adapted to hold a paint can. Each stop is adjustable by rotating the stop relative to the shelf. The rotation causes a threaded rod to extend from or retract to the element that supports the stop. A locking mechanism is provided to selectively restrain the shelf against rotation when the shelf is in one of the two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: ABC TechCorp
    Inventors: Erik G. Bartholomy, Joseph N. Biber, Beverly A. Damko, Norman A. Johansen, John E. Kurowicki, William A. McSwain, Lawrence C. Stanek, Robert E. West
  • Patent number: 5431206
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a portable workstation, including: a support structure; a horizontal, generally planar, working surface disposed upon and supported by the support structure; a plurality of tools mounted on the working surface, each of the plurality of tools being mounted on a horizontal mounting plate, the mounting plate forming a portion of the working surface, and the mounting plate being rotatable such that each of the plurality of tools may be selectively rotated between a working position on top of the working surface and a stored position underneath the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Michael J. McAllister
  • Patent number: 5417603
    Abstract: A playing structure includes a plurality of playing structure modules connectable together to form an array having a generally continuous, visually fluid, three-dimensional playing surface. Each playing structure module has a reversible top to allow the topography of the playing surface to be changed. The top of each playing structure module has a different three-dimensional topography on either side thereof. Each playing structure module may have a different or the same top. The playing surfaces have a coloured landscape painted thereon to depict lakes, countrysides, roadways etc. and the like. The topography of the playing surfaces and the painted landscapes are designed so that the certain symmetries exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Alberta Limited
    Inventor: Robert De Chazal
  • Patent number: 5160288
    Abstract: A toy table including a table top, a central portion of the table top being separately mounted from the remainder of the table top, apparatus for mounting the central portion of the table top to rotate and provide a first surface to the top and a second surface to the bottom, each of the surfaces of the central portion mounting items to appear on the table top, apparatus for rotating the central portion to place the second surface facing upward and the first surface facing downward, and apparatus for actuating the apparatus for rotating the central portion in response to a push from one side or the other below the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Milan J. Seda
  • Patent number: 5123705
    Abstract: A sofa apparatus comprising a sofa section including opposite end portions each having a nonlinear, nonsymmetrical, forwardly facing surface portion, the forwardly facing surface portions being mirror images of each other, and an invertible ottoman section including opposed, generally horizontal first and second surfaces, and a nonlinear, nonsymmetrical, rearwardly facing surface portion extending between the first and second surfaces, the ottoman section being positionable in a first position wherein the first surface faces upwardly, the second surface faces downwardly, and the rearwardly facing surface portion is positioned in closely adjacent complementary relation with one of the forwardly facing surface portions, and the ottoman being positionable in a second position wherein the second surface faces upwardly, the first surface faces downwardly, and the rearwardly facing surface portion is positioned in closely adjacent complementary relation with the other of the forwardly facing surface portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Schweiger Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Maynard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4995611
    Abstract: A rectangularly shaped, multimode game board in accordance with this invention comprises at least one generally flat playing surface upon which game pieces can be rolled or slid by one player. My novel game board is supported by a plurality of legs, with the legs preferably being removable in pairs, such that the game board can be folded into a comparatively flat configuration for transit and/or storage. I may use a hinged joint at approximately at the midpoint of the game board, such that it can be folded into a comparatively small volume for storage transport. The multimode game board preferably has a generally flat playing surface on both of its major sides, with the pairs of removable legs being able to be installed in either of two orientations 180.degree. apart, whereby the player or players can utilize the game board for at least two different games involving the use of game pieces that are caused to move along a generally flat playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: James F. Goldthorpe
  • Patent number: 4872410
    Abstract: A foldable playtray is provided having a table supported by a pair of legs hinged to the table in such a way that both surfaces of the table may be used. One surface of the table is provided with a Lego-type play surface so a child playing with Lego-type toys can detachably secure them to the table. The other surface of the table is flat, for use for games, arts and crafts. The legs can be rotated so they support the table with either its Lego-type play surface or its flat surface on top. In addition, the legs are provided with a Lego-type play surface and can be rotated to be coplanar with the table to provide an extended Lego-type play surface. The legs are also equipped with covered storage compartments for small objects. A storage bag and the table are provided with complimentary velcro type fasteners arranged in such a way the velcro can be used to not only attach the storage bag to the table, but they can also be used to close the storage bag when it is detached from the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Inventor: Carol Lilly
  • Patent number: 4841878
    Abstract: A cover, of see-through glass or plastic is provided of a size and configuration to fit over the top of a table top, and with sides extending down and adjacent the sides of the table top. An insert, one of a plurality of inserts, having opposed surfaces each of a different color, finish, decoration or design, is formed of a size and configuration to be disposed between the cover and the table top and so as to expose one of its surfaces. The cover is readily removable and replaceable and thus the insert, and/or its exposed surface, can be easily changed to provide any one of a plurality of aesthetic appearances for the table top.An alternative embodiment forms the table top as an open picture frame with a plurality of braces spanning the opening and connected to adjacent or opposite sides of the frame and formed to support within the frame opening a backing upon which an insert (also with its opposite sides of different colors, finish, decoration, or design) and a cover are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Elliot Kriegsman
  • Patent number: 4733704
    Abstract: A workbench which includes a workpiece supporting panel carried by a trestle. A clamping device rigidly attaches a manually operated machine tool to an underside of the supporting panel. The machine tool may, for example, be a circular saw, a compass saw, or a router. The supporting panel is provided with at least one cutout for accommodating a portion of the tool of the machine tool such as, for example, a saw blade or a cutter. To simplify the mounting of the manually operated machine tool on the underside of the supporting panel, the supporting panel is adapted to be pivoted from an operative position into a mounting position through an angle of 180.degree. with a locking device being provided for both rotational positions. A slot insert of a chippable material can be provided in the cutout to avoid the danger that pieces of hard metal will fly off the blade if the blade shifts sideways while sawing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Robert Wolff
  • Patent number: 4725935
    Abstract: A cantilevered task light mountable at selectable levels and depths from a wall panel, for illuminating a work surface. The task light includes first and second mounting brackets of like construction each having a support arm of generally S-shaped configuration in which first, second and third straight sections are connected by first and second curved sections. One end of the support arm includes a saddle clamp for clamping the support arm on the upper edge of a wall panel, and the other end has a plurality of spaced mounting holes for supporting one end of an elongated lighting fixture at a position which will best accommodate the depth of the associated work surface. The support arms may be mounted such that the curved sections rise or fall, as desired, to illuminate the work surface with substantially the same predetermined light level for different height wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Raoul J. Schoumaker, Paul J. Granzotto, Darwin J. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4722530
    Abstract: A table having a cabinet with a rectangular opening in the upper surface. A three sided, rotatable frame is mounted on a shaft within the cabinet, so that a selected one of the sides is parallel to the upper surface of the cabinet. A rectangular table surface is releasably attached to each of the sides of the frame. The table surfaces are moved from the frame to the opening in the upper surface of the cabinet by a pair of plungers. The plungers are moved up and down by cables, which are drawn up and let out by an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Inventor: William M. Hendon
  • Patent number: 4646658
    Abstract: An extendable shelf for a display rack permits the shelf to be pulled out to permit stocking and product rotation and permits it to be used in different sizes. A wire shelf is formed of inhingedly connected sections with their outermost and innermost ends connected to sheet metal side supports. The side supports are also constructed in sections which are telescopically mounted so that the side supports may be pulled out or pushed in causing the sections of the wire shelving to lie flat or hinge up to provide different depths of shelf. An upstanding member contacts product on the shelf to pull the product forward when the shelf is pulled out, thus allowing restocking of fresh product at the rear of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: Frito-Lay, Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon E. Lee
  • Patent number: 4589349
    Abstract: For use as a component of a display stand, an extendible shelf comprises a pair of elongated primary bracket elements each arranged for mounting at one end thereof on suitable supporting means such as a pair of upright elements forming components of a display stand, a pair of secondary bracket elements telescopically mounted respectively on said primary bracket elements, a main shelf element supported at its ends by the secondary bracket elements, and a collapsible shelf element including at least two hingedly connected parts one of which is hingedly connected with the rear of said main shelf element and the other of which is hingedly connected with said primary elements respectively, said collapsible shelf element being in collapsed condition when said main shelf element is in its retracted position and being effective to form a supplementary shelf at the rear of said main shelf element when said main shelf element and said secondary bracket elements are in their extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: James L. Gebhardt, James Hanna, Douglas Whiten
  • Patent number: 4552362
    Abstract: Furniture quality game table with multiple plane surfaces on at least three sides of a cubical game board assembly, with end panels journaled for rotation on end standards spanning the board assembly, and with endwise removable locking pins and a handle for locking the board assembly with any one of the game board surfaces in an upper horizontal position, with the handle configured to cover the locking pins from view when engaged. The typical game board assembly is rotatable on a fixed trunnion bar on which a lighting fixture is mounted for back lighting of the game board surfaces. The table includes in its lower portion a storage compartment for game pieces, playing cards and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Inventor: Hugh F. Oake
  • Patent number: 4394976
    Abstract: A push-off type manure spreader has the floor of the spreader composed of a front and rear portion with the front portion sliding rearwardly over and on the rear portion. A push-off is provided to move material from the front to the rear ends of the front floor portion. The rear portion is encased within a plastic cover and rails are provided on the rear floor portion that engage pads on the front or upper floor portion to hold the underside of the front portion out of engagement with the plastic surface on the rear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1983
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Rory Rae
  • Patent number: 4391454
    Abstract: A utility cart having detachable and reversible shelves comprising a pair of end frames each having a pair of elongated rigidly connected upright hollow supports which are parallel and spaced apart. A horizontal orthogonal shelf device is detachably secured at the corners to said upright supports. One shelf device includes a flat bottom and two transverse flanges on opposite parallel side edges to provide a partial closure, the opposite ends being open. A mounting bracket is secured to each end of each flange and has an attaching portion projecting angularly inwardly. Each attaching portion engages the respective upright support at a point within the angle defined by the shelf corner. Each support is further provided at such engagement point with a threaded opening through one wall thereof. A screw is received through an opening in each bracket and is threaded into the threaded opening for securing the shelf device to the upright supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Inventors: Douglas D. Marsh, Arthur E. Feldman, John C. Newlin
  • Patent number: 4291516
    Abstract: A unitary package rest member for use on a wrap station is comprised of a central section (42) which can be mounted in at least two different positions to the wrap station, and first and second shelves (44, 45) extending from the central section parallel to each other, spaced apart, and of substantially different area in order to provide to the operator a selection of mounting the rest member with either the smaller or larger shelf in the active operating rest position. The shelf parts extend in opposite directions from the central section, such that the rest shelf not in use projects inwardly under the top section of the wrap station, out of the way of the operator. The rest member can be formed by bending a unitary blank of sheet metal such that the shelf parts are parallel to each other, extending in opposite directions, and the sides of the blank are so dimensioned, in symmetrical fashion, that the blanks may be struck from a strip or sheet of the material with minimum waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Assignee: Hobart Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert C. Warner, Fritz F. Treiber
  • Patent number: 4257333
    Abstract: A shelving unit including corner posts on which shelves are removably and adjustably mounted through the provision of sleeves provided at the corners of the individual shelves. In association with each sleeve, there is provided a saddle acting as a spacer between the sleeve and post. The saddle initially is interengaged with the posts through the provision of a lug and complementary recess on the saddle and post respectively. As one function of the saddle, there is defined a point of reference for aligning a threaded opening of the sleeve with the lug of the saddle, through the provision of a lip or abutment on the saddle engaged by the sleeve when it is lowered to its selected position along the length of the post. At this time, a threaded opening of the sleeve registers with an outwardly facing recess of the saddle defined by the formation of the saddle lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1981
    Inventor: Hyman Pollack
  • Patent number: 4203373
    Abstract: A wall fixture or shelf unit including a rail or bracket having laterally positioned projections and a shelf unit having a slot construction which fits into the projections thereby locking it to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1980
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Rino Conti
  • Patent number: 4163421
    Abstract: A marking device for round objects such as tennis balls which has a vertical stand, an object holder slidably secured to the bottom of the stand and movable through 180.degree. to present a flat or a curved surface to the object, an inverted "L" shaped bracket vertically and slidably mounted on the stand, a type holder resiliently carried on the bracket, character type pivotally and removably secured on the holder, and a handle means to move the type holder toward an object on the object holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1979
    Inventor: Charan J. S. Sihota
  • Patent number: 4069769
    Abstract: A coffee table having an upper surface comprised of a main portion which is part of the coffee table structure and the side skirts of a pair of auxiliary foldable tables which are stored, in their folded configuration, in slots in the main table. The dimensions and external fold configuration of the foldable tables are such that, when they are stored in the slotted openings, they combine with the surface of the coffee table to form a continuous top planar surface. The interiors of the two slotted openings are finished, and the coffee table has sufficient top surface to still be usable as a table when both foldable tables are removed. Also, the coffee table has a finished bottom surface, and so it can be inverted when the foldable tables are removed to present an unbroken top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: Marilyn M. Abrams
  • Patent number: 4054315
    Abstract: A table assembly for mounting and demounting to frame members of a wheelchair, said assembly having a table member with open ended locking slots to engage tubular leg and frame members; and elongated braces on the underside of the table member which can be lowered to engage tubular horizontal frame members on the wheelchair. The table member is provided with mounting means and an easel assembly which can be pivoted to selectively fixed positions. The table member is also provided with three upright walls and openable and closable leaves so the working surface can be extended when open, and the assembly can be carried as a box when closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Inventor: Anzelm A. Czarnowski
  • Patent number: 4026219
    Abstract: A table for occasional or regular use that can be easily set-up from knocked down and preferably rolled up carrying condition, and vice versa, comprises a preferably roll-up table top of side-by-side slats hingedly interconnected by a flexible sheet or strip covering, and a knock-down four-legged, supporting structure for the table top. The table top, whether roll-up or otherwise, is reversible and is securable to the set-up supporting structure by snap fasteners or the like. A male member of mating snap fasteners is secured on top and preferably at one side of one end of the supporting structure and a similar member is secured on top and preferably at the opposite side and other end of the supporting structure. Female members are secured in corresponding locations on both sides of the table top.The supporting structure preferably comprises a pair of interfitting, two-legged, mutually opposite end sections, which are similarly foldable for association with the roll-up top as a small bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1977
    Inventors: Robert N. Shupe, David C. Haines
  • Patent number: 3964403
    Abstract: This invention is a three-way table. It includes a folding table similar to a conventional card table but combined with means for attaching supports extending outwardly on all sides of the basic table. A conversion top can be placed on the table with one side up to provide a serving table with a finish such as polished wood or simulated wood. This convertible top can be turned upside down to provide a gaming table contoured for the particular game or games for which it is intended; for example with depressions for holding poker chips. The convertible top can be folded for more convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1976
    Assignee: Stakmore Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Milton Schankman