Combined Workbench And Tool Chest Patents (Class 144/285)
  • Patent number: 10350748
    Abstract: Examples of the present invention include tool storage units and methods for storing tools. In examples of the present invention, a tool storage unit comprises a moveable housing with a guide system for allowing movement of the moveable housing in at least one direction. In various examples, the moveable housing is engaged with a base unit and is moved relative to the base unit by a moving mechanism. The moving mechanism moves the moveable housing to provide access to and/or conceal, at least in part, the moveable housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Matco Tools Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Michael, James Szpak, Jason Tilk, Rob Vystricil, Robert Allen, Bill Rabbitt, Shawn Dellinger
  • Patent number: 10334747
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a fixture comprises a first frame horizontally oriented relative to a second frame. The first frame may be coupled to a member adjustable along a first plane. The fixture may also comprise a plurality of lifts, coupled to the member. The plurality of lifts may be adjustable along a second plane that is vertical in relation to the first frame. The fixture may also comprise the second frame vertically oriented relative to the first frame and coupled to the first frame. The second frame may be configured to accept a template for receiving a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Dawit Gebremichael, Khalid Kayal
  • Patent number: 10293478
    Abstract: A storage hutch assembly 10 including a plurality of dissimilar storage assemblies, such as power tool holder assembly 120, which may be selectively and operatively deployed within the hutch assembly 10 upon a contained shelf 30 and/or upon a storage cart, such as cart 50, and/or upon a surface such as surface 25 contained within the storage hutch assembly 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Larry Mitchell Grela, Edwin Dizon Manalang
  • Patent number: 10183415
    Abstract: A table saw includes a table, a saw, a track, a slide strip, and a fence member. The table has an axial direction and a radial direction which are orthogonal to each other. The saw is arranged at a predetermined position of the table. The track is arranged at each side of the table. The slide strip is slidably engaged with the track. An outer surface of the slide strip opposite to the track has a first position part, a second position part, and a third position part. The first position part and the second position part are respectively arranged at two ends of the slide strip and the third position part is arranged at a center of the slide strip. The fence member is bridged on the table and secured to one of the first position part, the second position part, and the third position part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Chin-Chin Chang
  • Patent number: 9808930
    Abstract: A tool cabinet includes a cabinet body, a hanging board having a plurality of hanging portions, two slide rail units, and at least one counterweight device. Each of the slide rail units is connected between the cabinet body and the hanging board and extends in an up-down direction, such that the hanging board is movable in the up-down direction relative to the cabinet body between a lifted position and a lowered position. The counterweight device includes a constant force spring having free and fixed ends that are respectively connected to the hanging board and the cabinet body, and providing a resilient force against the weight of the hanging board during movement between the lifted and lowered positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9776261
    Abstract: A table saw assembly in one embodiment includes a base portion, a saw blade opening, a saw assembly and a first extension. The base portion includes a base work piece support surface which defines a support plane. The saw blade opening is defined in the base work piece support surface. The saw assembly includes a saw blade which is positionable to extend upwardly through the saw blade opening. The first extension includes a first extension work piece support surface which is pivotable with respect to the base portion between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the first extension work piece support surface is coplanar with the base work piece support surface. In the second position, the first extension work piece support surface is located above the support plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Wiker, Ralph Dammertz
  • Patent number: 9623550
    Abstract: A work station includes tool containing or supporting features as well as workbench features, such as a work surface and work back. The work station is preferably mobile, permitting it to be moved or transported. In addition, the work station is preferably collapsible and securable. In one configuration, the work station has a work bench portion which can be raised or lowered relative to a base portion, wherein in the lowered position, the base portion is positioned in an interior space of the work bench portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: JPL Investments, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Cole
  • Patent number: 9539722
    Abstract: A tool storage device and a tool box. The device may include flexible walls cooperating to define a storage area, and a rigid frame supported in the storage area and including a central portion extending in a direction from a bottom wall toward a top wall, one base portion extending from one side of the central portion, along the bottom wall and toward one side wall, and another base portion extending from an opposite side of the central portion, along the bottom wall and toward an opposite side wall. The tool box may include a body defining a storage compartment; a lid defining a groove in its outer surface to support an elongated work piece; and a handle engageable with a work piece supported in the groove. The lid may be attachable to the top of the body in a closed position and to the bottom in a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark R. Martinez, Joel Allen, Brandon Miller, Whitney M. Moks, Christopher S. Hoppe, Steven W. Hyma, Michael S. Steele, Steven G. Melnyk, Wade F. Burch, Matthew W. Naiva, Eric Mackey
  • Patent number: 9265346
    Abstract: A responsive support system described herein includes a screen device wall support mount and a media machine responsive support mount. A media machine responsive support mount described herein may include a support that may support a media machine, a rotating subsystem for rotating the support, and a lifting subsystem for lifting the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony Eugene Forney
  • Patent number: 8578981
    Abstract: Various example embodiments are disclosed. According to one example embodiment, a router table may include a table top, a mounting can, a sleeve, and an adjustment mechanism. The table top may have an aperture and a plurality of support members; the support members may be configured to support the table top. The mounting can may be attachable to the table top in a vicinity of the aperture. The sleeve may be engaged to the mounting can, and may be configured to receive a router and to position a router bit of the router along an axis extending through the aperture. The adjustment mechanism may be configured to move the sleeve within the mounting can and relative to the table top to thereby move the router along the axis and position the router bit at one of a plurality of positions relative to the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Sommerville, Sean Hill, Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 8522678
    Abstract: A strapping machine having a movable working assembly includes comprises a machine body, a chute, and a movable working assembly. This machine body contains a storing space. The chute has an upper chute portion and a lower chute portion. The movable working assembly which is in the storing space includes a horizontal movable portion, a vertical movable portion, a working device, and an operation linkage mechanism. When the vertical movable portion moves to the move-down position, the lower chute portion is separated from the upper chute portion. Then, the movable working assembly can be moved out for easy maintenance. So, it is quick and easy to repair any internal device or part inside the strapping machine. The repairer does not need to stoop or squat down for repairing it. In addition, it saves strength and time to move out the working device or related part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: Tekpak Corporation, Transpak Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Chin-Chang Liu, Chi-Jan Su
  • Patent number: 8240347
    Abstract: A cutting board provides support to large pieces of wood during cutting or shaping. The cutting board supports a piece of wood across its surface area to prevent the wood from bending, cracking, or breaking as it is cut. This allows the wood to be cut accurately and safely by a single person. The cutting board may include a generally planar work surface and have one or more openings. The one or more openings may be configured to reduce weight, allow clamps to be easily installed, and allow sawdust to escape. The cutting board may be placed on a variety of supporting structures or surfaces. In one or more embodiments, the cutting board may be modular to allow a plurality of cutting boards to be connected together to form a larger work surface. Other materials may be cut or shaped on the cutting board as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Katsumasa Kei Ishida
  • Patent number: 8061395
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drop-in work module was designed but not limited to be used with a wheeled vehicle such as a trailer. The work module provides a unique method for storing, transporting and having all the tools for task once you arrive to your worksite. The foldable side rails provide an additional feature, which provides additional work space for a jobsite requiring less setup time and the need for extra bench tops. The power equipment is designed to be mounted and ready for use with a minimum amount of setup time required to start your project. The work module depicted is setup for construction type projects but is not limited to various arrangements of tools to provide an optimum work station for various crafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis W. Atkinson
  • Publication number: 20110232805
    Abstract: An integrated work surface and tool storage system. There is shown a plurality of panels, forming a box-like shape, having a support structure, supporting at least the edges of the box-like shape formed by the plurality of panels; and a plurality of hinges coupled to the support structure, that enable the plurality of panels to have a storable position state that fold the panels into a box-like shape, and a deployable panel state where the panels form a flat work surface located above the support structure. There is shown a motorized system, coupled to the support structure, to be activated to cause the tool box to move. This design would include at least two wheels located on either side of the tool box, wherein at least one wheel is coupled to the motorized system. In addition, there is shown a first and second flexible continuous track coupled around each of the two wheels located on either side of the tool box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Richard T. DeSpain
  • Patent number: 7770617
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety workbench having a working inner chamber enclosed by a housing, whose bottom terminus is formed by a floor trough and which is accessible on a housing front side via a work opening closable using an adjustable front pane. The floor trough is implemented as double-walled and has an internal and an external wall, which enclose an intermediate chamber, which may be placed under vacuum, between them, at least one of the walls having at least one opening which is connected to means for generating the partial vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Thermo Electron LED GmbH
    Inventors: Olaf Broemsen, Edmund Frickel, Christoph Noll
  • Patent number: 7434819
    Abstract: A device, which allows its user to store and organize tools and materials and easily transport them to and from a desired location. The device has wheels and handles for easy pulling. A padded area is provided so that the user can sit or kneel on the device and the work surface can be elevated for the convenience of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Brian S. Dunavin
  • Patent number: 7373710
    Abstract: A portable toolbox has a compartment closed by a lid, the lid being configured to mount a powered saw module to an inner face thereof such that the saw blade extends from an outer side of the lid which provides a flat sawbench. The toolbox is used with powered hand tools of the type having a power handle module incorporating rechargeable batteries and control switch for engaging a variety of multi-purpose tools having respective electric motors. A battery station receives the power handle module and an associated circuit controls and supplies power to the saw. An adaptor fixture may be employed in one configuration to provide a drill press and in another to provide a saw fence. The adaptor fixture includes a sliding carriage for mounting a powered hand drill and jaws for clamping engagement with the toolbox when used as a fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: C Enterprise (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Thomas Elsworthy
  • Publication number: 20080083106
    Abstract: A portable toolbox has a compartment closed by a lid, the lid being configured to mount a powered saw module to an inner face thereof such that the saw blade extends from an outer side of the lid which provides a flat sawbench. The toolbox is used with powered hand tools of the type having a power handle module incorporating rechargeable batteries and control switch for engaging a variety of multi-purpose tools having respective electric motors. A battery station receives the power handle module and an associated circuit controls and supplies power to the saw. An adaptor fixture may be employed in one configuration to provide a drill press and in another to provide a saw fence. The adaptor fixture includes a sliding carriage for mounting a powered hand drill and jaws for clamping engagement with the toolbox when used as a fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: C ENTERPRISE (HK) LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Thomas Elsworthy
  • Patent number: 7350549
    Abstract: The folding work bench folds compactly for storage when not in use and occupies a minimal work space. The folding work bench has a durable work surface, a top storage shelf, a back board for hanging tools, a locking mechanism, and a work table that can be folded up against the back board and locked in a compactly folded configuration that also secures the tools on the back board in the work bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Patent number: 7293489
    Abstract: A carrying case device for a circular saw and the method of interconnecting the circular saw with the carrying case device when the circular saw is in use. A case is provided having a top surface, wherein the case defines an internal area large enough to store the circular saw. A miter assembly is provided that is attached to the top surface of the case. The miter assembly can be rotated on the case. The miter assembly also includes a guide arm that can be lifted and closed about a hinge connection. The guide arm contains a mounting receptacle for selectively receiving and engaging the circular saw. As a result, the circular saw can be raised and lowered against a work piece as though it were a power miter saw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Michael D. Wood
  • Patent number: 7159629
    Abstract: A worktable apparatus includes a table with a tabletop having a plurality of legs attached thereto. The tabletop has an opening extending therethrough. A panel is hingedly coupled to the tabletop adjacent to the opening and is selectively positionable in a closed position extending over the opening or in an open position exposing the opening. The panel has an upper surface and a lower surface. The panel has central aperture extending therethrough. A plurality of brackets is attached to the lower surface of the panel. The brackets are configured to releasably couple a cutting tool to the lower surface and so that a cutting implement of the cutting tool extends through the central aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Braxton E. Rowe
  • Patent number: 7077179
    Abstract: A workstation, a cordless power tool and workstation system, and a method of installing a cordless power tool on a workstation for operation are disclosed that allow handymen and professionals to use a wide variety of cordless power tools as intended or convert them into a portable, surface mounted setting with the option of AC to DC supplied power or DC supplied power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: ABC Product Development, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert D. Camiano, Alex Pannone, Bob L. Buck
  • Patent number: 7044178
    Abstract: A tool storage and workbench assembly includes a housing that has a back wall and a peripheral wall that is attached to and extends away from the back wall. The peripheral wall includes a bottom wall, an upper wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. The back wall has a plurality of bores extending therein. A table is hingedly coupled to the bottom wall. The table is selectively positioned in a stored position extending upwardly from the bottom wall and located within the housing or in an extended position extending outwardly away from the back wall. A first door is hingedly coupled to the first side wall and a second door is hingedly coupled to the second side wall. The first and second doors are each selectively positionable in a closed position or in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Terry D. Campbell
  • Patent number: 6966350
    Abstract: A cabinet for supporting a platform for a power tool has a body constructed with three or more substantially vertical surfaces. One of the surfaces allows insertion of a removable dustbin. The removable dustbin may have a handle or recess to aid in insertion and removal and may have a window. One of the surfaces allows access to storage compartments, such as a blade/dado storage compartment, an inserts compartment, and a storage shelf compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Delta International Machinery Corp.
    Inventor: Leslie Daily Gist
  • Patent number: 6948539
    Abstract: A miter saw table support device includes a table having a panel and a plurality of legs that is are attached to and extend downwardly from the panel. Each of a pair of supports is attached to the top surface of the panel and are positioned adjacent to a front edge of the panel. The supports are spaced from each other such that a base of a miter saw may be selectively positionable between the supports. Each of a pair of guides is attached to one of the supports and extends outwardly away a respective one of the first and second side edges. The guides each have a break therein such that a first section and a second section of each of the guides are defined. Each of the first sections is hingedly coupled to a corresponding one of the second sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventors: Rex L. Barker, Lynette D. Barker
  • Patent number: 6782783
    Abstract: The miter saw has a base, a table rotatably attached to the base, a support housing connected to the table, a rail slidably connected to the support housing, and a saw assembly pivotally attached to the rail and movable between a front position and a rear position. The saw assembly has a trunnion disposed on the rail, a pivot arm pivotally attached to the trunnion, an upper blade guard connected to the pivot arm, a motor attached to the upper blade guard, and a blade driven by the motor. The miter saw also has a carrying handle provided on the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Shull, Brian P. Wattenbach, Warren A. Ceroll
  • Patent number: 6688350
    Abstract: A power tool workstation for mounting one of a series of different power tools includes a top plate with a flanged opening therein for receipt of an insert upon which any one of a number of power tools is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Thomas Heinlen, Robert John Mehmen, Troy Lynn Moller
  • Publication number: 20030183303
    Abstract: A power tool workstation for mounting one of a series of different power tools includes a top plate with a flanged opening therein for receipt of an insert upon which any one of a number of power tools is mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Applicant: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Thomas Heinlen, Robert John Mehmen, Troy Lynn Moller
  • Patent number: 6565165
    Abstract: A composite workstation offers multiple compartments, which are created by joining structural panels in perpendicular, parallel, and opposing horizontal configurations. Compartments its may contain tools, and supplies that can rapidly be accessed for use or readily secured and protected, by a single user in a field or shop application. This workstation uses individual panels, joined at intersections to form a composite self-supporting structure. The structure is configured to offer its top surfaces as a worktable. Equipment that is stored inside the compartments are engaged into useful position by utilizing leverage, pulleys, and mechanical advantage. The configuration of the structure enables dangerous and unwieldy equipment to be easily and safely used with proper off-feed surfaces and stable support in any location to which it is transported. The focus of this workstation is towards woodworking. The compact scale of the structure enables conventional compact vehicles to make the workstation mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Harvey Donald Switkes
  • Patent number: 6539831
    Abstract: A circular power saw includes a saw base having a stand and a table on the stand, and a tool rack coupled to one side of the stand and turned between the open position and the close position for keeping tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Durq Machinery Corp.
    Inventor: Peter Huang
  • Patent number: 6523583
    Abstract: A moveable work bench with an extendable foot step assembly. The device includes a multi-function bench assembly rollably mounted on spring-loaded caster assemblies and user configurable between a cabinet/workbench configuration and a step stool configuration. The multi-function bench assembly also includes a hinged work surface that may be pivoted into a horizontal position to increase the work surface area and locked in place with locking support for lockably supporting the hinged work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Hector J. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 6315014
    Abstract: A wood planing machine with a tool accommodating function includes a machine frame having an upper portion, and a tool box having a lower box body mounted securely on the upper portion of the machine frame. The lower box body confines a tool accommodating space adapted to receive tools therein, and has an open top side. The tool box further includes an upper cover body with a rear side edge hinged to the lower box body. The upper cover body is movable relative to the lower box body so as to selectively open and close the open top side of the lower box body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: P & F Brother Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Chiu-Tsun Chang
  • Patent number: 6315376
    Abstract: A universal tool transport cart for large workbench tools, hand tools, work supplies, safety equipment, and miscellaneous accessories that is mounted on wheels for easy movement around a shop area. More particularly, the cart includes a lower base unit mounted on four caster wheels. The base unit includes two opposite end storage areas, a central storage area, and a flat top surface. Attached to the top surface of the base unit is a trapezoidal unit designed to hold various workbench tools, such as a band saw, a jointer, sander, and the like. The trapezoidal unit is shorter in length than the base unit thereby enabling one end of the base unit's top surface to be used as a horizontal workbench. The front and rear end openings are formed into the trapezoidal unit enable elongated tools and machine accessories to be stored longitudinally under the trapezoidal unit and over the top surface of the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Raymond E. Wiseman
  • Patent number: 6209597
    Abstract: A positionable top for operatively positioning a power tool by adjusting the position of the top in relation to a frame. By utilizing multiple engaging slots on the frame and a matching projection on the square top, the top may be rotated, inverted, horizontally adjusted, and vertically positioned within a frame to support various portable power tools in a variety of positions. The power tools are locked to the top by clamps which utilize “T” shaped grooves as both clamp rails and miter guide grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Hal Calcote
  • Patent number: 6206063
    Abstract: A multifunctional work box comprises a base and a face board pivoted to the top of the base. The base has a receiving compartment with an opening facing upward. The compartment is intended to keep hand tools. The face board is used to cover the compartment and to serve as a workpiece platform. The face board can be swiveled to enable its underside to face upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Hsin-Yun Lin
  • Patent number: 6065514
    Abstract: A portable, handheld, sharpening device for sharpening a cosmetic pencil having an outer casing of hard material and an inner casing of soft wax-like cosmetic material. The device includes a plastic housing, a steel blade for removing the outer casing of material from the cosmetic pencil while providing a tip having a radius of no larger than about 1/8" to the inner core of cosmetic material and a motor coupled to the blade to rotate the blade that is connected to at least one battery. The device is small and lightweight so that it can conveniently be stored in a pocket or a purse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Mary A. New
  • Patent number: 6047750
    Abstract: A modular utility stand storage apparatus includes a plurality of components for storage/transport and utility stand operations. The components are stacked on top of one another in a utility stand mode (use mode) and collapsible into one another in a storage/transport mode (non-use mode). The apparatus also includes a platform which can serve as a working platform or a handle for storage/transport. The stacked utility stand storage apparatus provides various working heights, and the collapsed utility stand storage apparatus is compact in size and easily lifted and portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Steven M. Jensen
  • Patent number: 5871312
    Abstract: A machine tool comprises a working space in which workpieces are to be machined and which is closed off against the outside by a case. The case comprises an opening, that can be closed by at least one sliding door and that gives access to the working space. The sliding door comprises vertically arranged slat elements that are connected one with the other by hinge connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Chiron-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Haninger, Hans-Henning Winkler
  • Patent number: 5802948
    Abstract: A crayon sharpening assembly is disclosed comprising an axially rotating cartridge block (106) having an axial bore (178) for axial receipt of a crayon with a forward end of the crayon positioned within a cutting station (152). A pair of convergent sharpening blades (158, 160) carve a conical nose into the forward crayon end; a secondary horizontal blade (180) engages the forward crayon end and cuts an annular stepped shoulder surrounding the conical nose; and a preparatory vertical blade (188) makes a vertical circumscribing cut through the jacket of the crayon proximate the forward end, whereby restoring the forward crayon end into its manufactured form. A carrying case (12, 14) is provided having a pivotal lid (16), with the sharpener drive assembly (20, 22) built into one end wall. A drawer assembly (100) is removable from the end wall and contains the cartridge block (106) and a housing (102) for collecting shavings generated in the sharpening procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: The Little Tikes Company
    Inventors: John J. Andrisin, III, David D. Hayes, G. Stewart Lenox, Robert L. Quinlan, Douglas Zlatic
  • Patent number: 5725037
    Abstract: A portable workshop having a storage mode as well as an active mode in which working surfaces are presented for use by a craftsman, comprising a front surface in which upper and lower bottom hinged doors are mounted. The workshop has an upper member operatively associated with a rear surface and a pair of end surfaces interconnecting the front and rear surfaces, with this upper member serving with the surfaces to define an enclosed space suitable for the storage of tools. A wheeled base member serves as the support for the front, rear and end surfaces, and interconnecting components are utilized for causing the upper and lower doors to open and close together. The doors, when opened, advantageously reside in a horizontal attitude, with the upper door serving as the principal working surface of the workshop and the lower door serving as a storage location upon which the craftsman utilizing the principal working surface can place small items with which he is working.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Faulhaber
  • Patent number: 5713404
    Abstract: A workbench kit includes a support bracket panel which is hinged along one side on a wall. A work platform panel is also hinged to the wall by means of a storage rack with integrally molded attachment clamps. The work platform panel may be pivoted about its axis of attachment to the wall between a work position and a storage position, as may the support panel. When in the work position, the support panel is releasably attached to the work platform as a support bracket. When in the storage position, the panels fold over each other against the supporting wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Flambeau Products Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher G. Ladewig
  • Patent number: 5609322
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a portable utility jack for use on an inclined roof or a flat roof. The utility jack is constructed from a mainframe which has at least one support frame which is adjustable to several positions to accommodate, for example, various roof pitches and which provides, in conjunction with a platform tray, for the level support of various construction or paint tools, materials and supplies and/or for the fixed level support of a paint tray. The utility jack is also capable of storing and transporting the various construction or paint tools, materials and supplies. The utility jack is constructed to be collapsable and portable. In one application thereof, the utility jack has a large area, non-skid, elastomeric element on one side thereof for enhanced traction and added safety for use on an inclined roof. In another application, the utility jack has four caster wheels attached thereto for use on a flat roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: William R. Bond
  • Patent number: 5598879
    Abstract: A receiving device of a wood working machine which has a base and the base has a flange extending horizontally therefrom, two skirt portions and a corner skirt respectively extending vertically from the flange so as to define two recessed portions between the base and the skirt portions and the corner skirt for receiving suitable tools or knives therein, the base having a box disposed to one side thereof for receiving a gauge means therein and having a recess defined therein by two side boards, a vertical board and a bottom, each of the side boards having a slot and the vertical board having two cavities respectively defined therein, a cover slidably moved in the two slots by two sides thereof, each of the sides having a hook-like element and a protrusion extending laterally therefrom, a stop extending downwardly from a front wall portion of the base to partially cover an open end of the slot so as to prevent the cover from being completely removed from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Ruey-Zon Chen
  • Patent number: 5595228
    Abstract: A utility box for storing and/or carrying articles to a remote site has a base and a cover with a clamping vise incorporated as an integral portion of the cover. The base is a box-like structure defining a chamber for holding the articles and having a set of four pedestals which provide a supporting structure for the integral vise. The base further includes an integral pair of clamping feet which extend from two of the pedestals to form a surface which can be used to clamp the utility box to a relatively stationary surface. The cover is hingedly secured to the base and mates with a positioning rib extending from the base in order to locate and position the cover with respect to the base. The integral vise defines a worksurface and includes a stationary jaw and a movable jaw. The movable jaw is movable via a pair of threaded rods which are rotatably mounted to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Meisner, Keith Kristiansen, Michael Ballone, Roberta S. Hall, Michael A. Loferski, Michael D. Dolson, Christopher Bennett, John B. Manson, Sr., Frank Basten, Colin Overy
  • Patent number: 5383977
    Abstract: A workbench comprises a work surface (2, 4) disposed on a supporting structure (3). The work surface comprises a vice jaw member (4) carrying a first vice jaw and a worktable (2) having a second complimentary vice jaw (51a). The worktable, in a working position thereof, lies in the same plane as the jaw member, and the jaws face one another and are adapted to be moved towards and away from one another by vice operating means (9). The worktable is pivotally mounted with respect to the supporting structure about an axis lying adjacent the back edge (51b) of the worktable, thereby enabling the worktable to be pivoted away from the supporting structure to give access to the underside of the worktable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip W. Pearce
  • Patent number: 5379817
    Abstract: A sharpener for a soft element pencil has a housing with a pencil hole. A rotor rotatably mounted in the housing has: (a) a base portion, (b) an annular portion spaced from said base portion, and (c) a blade supported at but not between the base and the annular portion. The sharpener has a motor mounted in the housing for revolving the rotor. The blade has a skewed cutting edge that revolves around a conical axis to follow and cut a conical surface. In use, a cosmetic pencil or artist's pencil can be inserted against the blade when the blade is revolved by the motor. The pencil can then be removed and applied facially. The cosmetic pencil can then be reinserted against the blade when the cosmetic pencil is dull. Thereafter the cosmetic pencil is reapplied facially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventors: Edmund O'Neil, Vincent Pace
  • Patent number: 5329979
    Abstract: A portable work table adapted for being removably positioned within a storage compartment of a vehicle includes a frame having an upper wall with a generally planar top surface, side walls extending from the upper wall and a bottom wall extending between the side walls. A plurality of legs are movably mounted on the frame and are movable between a first position such that the legs extend from the bottom surface for being engaged with a support surface such that the frame is positioned above the support surface to permit work to be readily carried out on the top surface and a second position such that the legs are retracted from the first position towards the bottom surface such that the frame is positionable within the storage compartment of the vehicle. A plurality of objects are movably mounted on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. Miller, Francis A. Richard
  • Patent number: 5239934
    Abstract: A portable work table adapted for being removably positioned within a storage compartment of a vehicle includes a frame having an upper wall with a generally planar top surface, side walls extending from the upper wall and a bottom wall extending between the side walls. A plurality of legs are movably mounted on the frame and are movable between a first position such that the legs extend from the bottom surface for being engaged with a support surface such that the frame is positioned above the support surface to permit work to be readily carried out on the top surface and a second position such that the legs are retracted from the first position towards the bottom surface such that the frame is positionable within the storage compartment of the vehicle. A plurality of objects are movably mounted on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. Miller, Francis A. Richard
  • Patent number: 5224531
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for storing tools in an organized fashion and which also converts to a combination saw table, router table and workbench. The apparatus can be readily maneuvered, loaded into a truck bed and stored when folded. It also provides a rigid work surface with easy tool access when in the set-up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: Erich Blohm
  • Patent number: 5165317
    Abstract: A portable machine tool device (1) which may be transported in knocked down form in a substantially flat case. In assembled form the device (1) includes a support frame (8) and a swinging parallelogram linkage frame (9) which pivots about a rear edge of the support frame (8) and can be locked in any radial orientation by clamp (20) at the front edge of the support frame (8). The front edge of the support frame (8) includes a rectangular protractor scale (28) which reads off the radial angle of the frame (9) relative to the central position of the support frame (8). A machine tool is secured and independently locked or allowed to slide longitudinally and transversely in a carriage (38) which itself can longitudinally slide along or be locked to the upper rails (31) or the frame (9). The frame (9) itself can be rigidly locked to or slide at a constant radial direction, relative to the support frame (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventor: Brian D. Findlay