Vertically Adjustable Supporting Ledge Patents (Class 248/449)
  • Patent number: 10661592
    Abstract: An adjustable lighted bookmark. The adjustable lighted bookmark has a spine with an upper end opposite a lower end. A pair of upper arms, hingedly secured to the upper end of the spine, and a pair of lower arms, hingedly secured to the lower end of the spine, define a space therebetween. A pair of upper clips are disposed distally on the pair of upper arms and a pair of lower clips are disposed distally on the pair of lower arms. The pair of upper clips and the pair of lower clips are oriented inwardly towards the space between the upper and the lower arms. Each clip of the pair of upper clips and the pair of lower clips has at least one bearing on an internal surface thereof. A light extends from the spine which provides lighting on a piece of reading material secured by the adjustable lighted bookmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Francisco Lucio
  • Patent number: 10588435
    Abstract: An adjustable easel support apparatus and method for forming. The easel support apparatus has selected adjustment features facilitating options of supporting an object. As a table easel, the support posts of the apparatus standing in an upright position and connected to a rigid material, can be adjusted up or down to a desired slant. Users of the table easel could be calligraphers, artists, illustrators, painters, not excluding others. Removable legs of the apparatus further reduce the angle of an attached rigid material providing another alternative slope. The removable legs could have protective non-skid product applied to enhance immovability in either position stabilizing against sliding and pivotal movement. The apparatus is small, portable and light weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Lynette Lapriel Bergeron, Jacqualyn Marlene Pendleton
  • Patent number: 9055816
    Abstract: Some embodiments generally relate to portable easel devices for supporting and/or displaying objects such as canvas, other paintable substrates, or even sheet music. Embodiments may include one or more collapsible elements rendering the device readily storable and/or easier to carry or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Panno, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9027900
    Abstract: A bipod mount for positioning a PDA device for ease of use by a recumbent person comprises a rigid post with slidably adjustable clamping jaws thereon for engaging upper and lower edges of the PDA device. The rigid post is held in a structure including a pair of friction hubs affixed to upper ends of a pair of arms that can be splayed due to the use of the friction hubs. At the second end of the arms are pivotably mounted foot members. The assembly is collapsible to a small size for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas R. Prohofsky
  • Publication number: 20150108315
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an easel allowing the angle of inclination thereof to be adjusted and reliably maintaining the adjusted angle of inclination, the easel comprising: a main bracket; expandable front supports rotatably attached on both sides of the front of the main bracket; an expandable rear support rotatably attached to the back of the main bracket; a supporting platform, both sides of which are detachably coupled to the front supports; a raising-and-lowering bar attached on the front center of the main bracket so as to allow raising and lowering of same, and the lower end of which is vertically slidably supported by the supporting platform; and a tilting unit, rotatably and expandably coupled in between the rear support and the front support platform, for controlling the angle of inclination of the rear support with respect to the front supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Jong-Moon LEE
  • Patent number: 8991781
    Abstract: A display fixture includes a fixed component including a product receiving portion and an elongated spine portion, a first adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion, a second adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion, a third adjustable component insertably engaged with the elongated spine portion and including a product receiving portion and an adjustment portion. The first adjustable component operates to slidably adjust a distance between the product receiving portion of the fixed component and the product receiving portion of the first adjustable component, while the second adjustable component and the third adjustable component operate to slidably adjust a distance between the product receiving portion of the second adjustable component and the product receiving portion of the third adjustable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Johnson, Erin L. Zobel
  • Patent number: 8870148
    Abstract: A space saving, door-mountable artist's easel with a framework adapted to receive and hold an artist's canvas, art panel, clipboard, or some other item that would normally be affixed to an easel with a mounting bracket attached to the frame so the entire device may be hung on a door. The easel can be used while mounted to the door it is stored on. In one example, a front pivoting frame enables the mounted piece to be extended outward from a back stationary frame. A height adjustment mechanism allows the mounted piece to be raised or lowered to a desired position, enabling the artist to stand or sit. The compactness of the easel enables an art piece being worked on to be left mounted to the easel for drying or viewing, and the door can still be opened and closed normally with the easel mounted to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Wayne Hickman
  • Publication number: 20140151523
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a portable-device presentation system having a substantially-planar substrate; a first clamp coupled to the substrate; and a second clamp slidably coupled to the substrate, each of the first and second clamps having respective opposing contact surfaces that have substantially no curvature along axes substantially parallel to the substantially-planar substrate at a contact elevation above the substantially-planar substrate, wherein when a user slides the second clamp to a maximum display-size position and lays a display device on the substantially-planar substrate between the first clamp and the second clamp, the user may then secure the display device to the presentation system by sliding the second clamp to sandwich the display device between the two respective opposing contact surfaces and securing the second clamp using a hand-operated securing member. In various embodiments, a presentation system may secure portable display devices of many different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Kavitha Subbaraman, Rajagopalan Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 8467174
    Abstract: A fastening structure for a portable electronic device includes a main housing and a frame. The main housing defines a slot. A protrusion and a block are formed at two opposite sides of the slot. The frame includes a tab. The tab defines a locking hole. The block pushes the tab toward the protrusion to allow the protrusion to be latched in the locking hole for connecting the frame to the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Ming-Hsiang Weng, Chih-Wei Chang, Bhoopal Ponnuvelu
  • Patent number: 8205561
    Abstract: A frame includes a pair of parallel arms that are transversely spaced apart from one another. A first brace interconnects the parallel arms at their respective leading ends and a second brace interconnects the parallel arms at their respective mid-lengths. A table has a first end hingedly connected to the second brace. A first and second plurality of teeth is provided along an extent of the first and second arms, respectively. First and second support struts hingedly interconnect the table to preselected teeth when the table is in a first angular position relative to the frame. First and second book supports are slideably mounted on the table and lockable into any selected position. The parallel arms are releasably attached to the armrests of a conventional wheelchair. The support struts are disengaged from the teeth to enable folding the table into a horizontal storage position where it overlies the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: Rick Bierworth
  • Patent number: 7942372
    Abstract: A multi-functional rack for a whiteboard includes a lower adjuster. The lower adjuster has two lower telescopic tubes respectively disposed two lateral sides thereof. The lower adjuster has a driving mechanism mounted thereon. A frame is fixed on lower adjuster. The driving mechanism is connected to the frame for lifting the frame. An upper adjuster is mounted on a top of the lower adjuster. The upper adjuster has two upper telescopic tubes respectively disposed on two lateral sides thereof. An upper cross beam has two ends simultaneously fixed on an upper part of the both two lower telescopic tubes. An upper sleeve is rotatably mounted on the cross beam. A telescopic arm is connected to the upper sleeve. An adjusting mechanism is mounted on the upper adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Tuang-Hock Koh
  • Patent number: 7845611
    Abstract: Door/lid operated page turner devices, systems and methods for reading materials such as books is provided for hands-free reading for the able-bodied and disabled reader. A platform supports a book that is covered by a bottomless box having an open top, with left and right transparent lids slidably attached to cover the open top with a small space between the lids when closed. A single protruding member with a tip is adapted to slide the right transparent lid to the right exposing a page of the stacked reading pages, the tip is also used to lift up an outer edge of the page to be above the right transparent lid, followed by the tip of the protruding member pushing against and sliding the right transparent lid to the left until the right transparent lid abuts against the spacer, wherein the tip of the protruding member pushes both the closed left and right transparent lids to the left until the raised first page is turned and overlaying the left portion of the supporting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Alfred M. Sholander
  • Publication number: 20100155563
    Abstract: A multi-functional rack for a whiteboard includes a lower adjuster. The lower adjuster has two lower telescopic tubes respectively disposed two lateral sides thereof. The lower adjuster has a driving mechanism mounted thereon. A frame is fixed on lower adjuster. The driving mechanism is connected to the frame for lifting the frame. An upper adjuster is mounted on a top of the lower adjuster. The upper adjuster has two upper telescopic tubes respectively disposed on two lateral sides thereof. An upper cross beam has two ends simultaneously fixed on an upper part of the both two lower telescopic tubes. An upper sleeve is rotatably mounted on the cross beam. A telescopic arm is connected to the upper sleeve. An adjusting mechanism is mounted on the upper adjuster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Tuang-Hock Koh
  • Publication number: 20100044543
    Abstract: A document holder has compact construction for in-line placement and viewing between a keyboard and display monitor. The holder can be set-up in a minimum profile configuration to accommodate small source documents, and can be quickly expanded to accommodate relatively large source documents. Easel size conversion is provided by a compound easel that is mounted for pivotal movement on a base platform. The easel viewing angle can be tilted to suit operator viewing preferences. The document support position can be adjusted vertically up and down to provide a reading level that satisfies operator needs and preferences. The compound easel includes a “drop-down” reading rack that can be extended below the front edge of a workstation support surface in the over-hang zone adjacent the edge of the work surface and above the keyboard to allow in-line placement and use of the document holder in workstations where the available work surface area is not large enough to support a conventional document holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Vu Ryte, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas B. Ramey, III
  • Publication number: 20100038514
    Abstract: A portable document holder for use with an electronic device includes a supporting body, a first retractable mechanism, a holder body and a second retractable mechanism. The first retractable mechanism is connected to the supporting body and movable forwardly or backwardly in a first horizontal direction. The holder body has a bottom pivotally coupled to the supporting body such that the holder body is rotatable in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction and a shooting angle is defined between the holder body and a lens module of the electronic device. The second retractable mechanism includes an extension arm coupled to an upper edge of the holder body and two extension arms disposed at bilateral sides of the holder body. A holding space of the holder body is expanded in a vertical direction and/or a second horizontal direction when the extension arms are extended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Chien-Nan Yu, Liang Tang
  • Publication number: 20090039228
    Abstract: An adjustable lectern includes a base portion having a tubular upstanding base member and a tubular upstanding tower member that is mounted in a telescoping arrangement with respect to the base member. The base member and the tower member are each respectively formed as rigid tubes or channels by a single, unitary piece of material such as sheet metal. The lectern further includes a work platform that is positioned at an upper end of the tower portion. The work platform is both vertically and horizontally adjustable with respect to the base portion, so that both users who will be standing behind the lectern making a presentation and users who will be sitting behind the adjustable lectern in a wheelchair when making a presentation may be accommodated. Both the work platform and the base member include industry-standard rackmount structure for facilitating integration of electronic components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Richard B. Atlas, Oleh M. Artym
  • Patent number: 7380766
    Abstract: One embodiment of an easel for supporting an artist work piece includes a vertical support member including an interior, a pulley system positioned completely within the interior, the pulley system adapted for moving a horizontal support member on the vertical support member, and a horizontal support member secured to the pulley system and extending into the interior of the vertical support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Kathryn Thompson
  • Patent number: 7377476
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable easel designed for use with a standard photographic tripod as a means for painting on location. The easel is equipped with an angled retaining ledge, a retractable brush holder mounted on the left and right side for easy access, a retractable hook for suspending a container, and a base mount for connection to a tripod. By utilizing the angle adjustments of the tripod, the work surface can be adjusted to the preferred angle of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventors: William Chase Almond, Eric Iain Michaels
  • Patent number: 7168672
    Abstract: A support rack includes a support plate, a support stand, a locking member, a pen holder, an indication member, and two auxiliary clips. Thus, the support rack functions as a clipboard, a book rack, an exhibition rack, a price indication rack, a pen holder or the like, thereby enhancing the versatility of the support rack. In addition, the support stand is adjustably mounted on the locking member so as to adjust the inclined angle between the support plate and the support stand, thereby facilitating a user adjusting the inclined angle of the support rack to the optimum extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Luh Da Industry Corp.
    Inventor: Fu-Lu Hsu
  • Patent number: 7100883
    Abstract: A document holder, adapted for use at a computer workstation or word processor, includes an easel supported by spaced apart support arms. The easel and the support arms are connected to each other at respective pivot connections to provide for angular adjustment of the easel with respect to the arms. The easel includes a first member connected to the support arms and a second member which is movable relative to the first member in a downward direction or a direction toward an operator of the document holder. The first and second easel members include respective retainer and support rail parts provided with detents for selectively locking the second easel member in a selected working position with respect to the first easel member. A third easel member is supported on the first easel member for extension in a direction opposite that of the second easel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Vu Ryte, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas B. Ramey, III, Clifford T. Calfee
  • Patent number: 6681452
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus having a flexible sheet dispenser attached thereto is provided. The clamping apparatus includes a base member, an upper member pivotally attached to the base member, and a flexible sheet dispenser removably secured to the upper member. The flexible sheet dispenser includes a housing and a flexible sleeve containing one or more stacks of flexible sheets disposed within the housing. The flexible sleeve is configured to individually dispense flexible sheets from one or more stacks disposed within the flexible sleeve. The flexible sleeve comprises opposite edge portions that are engaged by retaining members in the housing such that the flexible sleeve is maintained in arcuate, face-to-face contacting relationship with the arcuate wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Adstracts, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason S. Holland
  • Patent number: 6601805
    Abstract: An improved collapsible easel having a plurality of support legs, a spine member and a board support. The support legs include at least one rear support legs and two front support legs. A top portion of each of the support legs are connected to an upper retaining mechanism that is selectively frictionally engaged with the spine member such that the height of the upper retaining mechanism may be selectively adjusted. Front support braces having first and second brace ends have a first brace end connected to front support legs and a second brace end pivotally connected to the lower retaining mechanism. Rear support braces having first and second ends have a first brace end connected to a rear support leg and a second brace end connected to the lower retaining mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Martin Universal Design
    Inventor: Dennis Kapp
  • Patent number: 6585216
    Abstract: An A-frame stand for supporting display boards is made from a pair of like, inverted, generally V-shaped end members and a pair of rigid cross pieces that extend between the end members to maintain them in spaced, vertical planes, and in registry with each other. A pair of board supporting tracks are adjustably mounted by a plurality of hanger elements to one or to both sides of the A-frame stand to extend between the end members in vertically-spaced, parallel relation to each other. Each hanger is in the form of a metal strap secured intermediate its ends to one side of a track at one end thereof, with opposite ends of the strap extending around a leg of an end member and being releasably secured together so as to allow vertical adjustment of each track on the stand. Each track has at least two longitudinally extending recesses or grooves in both its upper and lower surfaces for slidably accommodating one edge of a display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Wallace A. Krapf
  • Patent number: 6471174
    Abstract: An adjustable easel is described that may be used by multiple persons and that may be modified according to the preferences of a user. The easel includes a plurality of vertical supports connected to each other. Holes are spaced apart along the length of the side edges of the vertical supports wherein each hole has a horizontal bore with the bore open to an edge of the vertical support. Horizontal support rods are adapted to slide in and out of the holes. Holders retain in place an artistic substrate wherein each holder is attached to at least one horizontal support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Wood Tech, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Turner
  • Patent number: 6281417
    Abstract: A musical instrument stand, for mounting and display of one or a plurality of musical instruments such as a guitar. The device features an elongated member that is either attachable to a wall or floor mounted. Instruments are mounted between a pair of upper and lower instrument mounts or clusters of mounting brackets, each having a rotatable support bars to contact the side of the guitar when the mounting brackets are slid toward each other on a slidable mount to the elongated member. Angled ends of the support bars restrain the instrument in the stand when the support bars are rotated to place the angled ends in front of the mounted instrument. Abrasion of the instrument surface is avoided using a slideable cushion on each support bar that insulates the instrument surface from the support bar during rotation. A lockable cover optionally prevents removal of the instrument from its mount without first unlocking the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Lawrence N. Ladao
  • Patent number: 6199815
    Abstract: A holder capable of being fixed on a wall or support column carries swivelling panels which can be hung in the area of opposite front sides on pins formed from pairs of pins. The holder is provided in the area of a receiving cavity with clamping jaws which are suitable for mounting roller-shaped inserts useful for fastening the holder to support columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: “Durable” Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
  • Patent number: 6042065
    Abstract: A collapsible support structure supports a frame in a horizontal position, a vertical position or an intermediate position halfway between the horizontal and the vertical position. The support structure is adjustable in all positions of the frame to position the frame at different heights depending on a particular need. The frame is held by a clamping assembly which can accommodate various designs and sizes of frames. The support structure can be switched from an open position where it supports the frame in a variety of positions to a collapsed position where the overall size of the support structure is minimized to simplify the transportation and storage of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 5950979
    Abstract: A stretcher for a canvas that includes three co-planar elongated members centrally foldable are pivotally interconnected with two horizontal elongated members. One of the elongated members has longitudinal slots along which one of the ends of each of the horizontal elongated members is sidably connected. Upper and lower canvas holders are slidably and adjustably mounted to the third elongated member, keeping the canvas rigidly in place. A supporting leg is removably and hingedly mounted to a predetermined position of the third elongated member and with a spacer member permits a user to achieve a desired inclination for the canvas being supported, when in working state. For storage or transportation, the elongated members are brought in abutting relationship with each other and the horizontal pivoting members are allowed to rotate sliding out one of their respective ends. Then, the elongated members are centrally folded and secured with straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Vicente M. Mira
  • Patent number: 5899429
    Abstract: Disclosed is an artists' easel which has a pivotally adjustable frame which carries the artists' canvas. A bag retaining assembly attached to the easel frame is adapted for a bag, e.g., a plastic garbage bag, to fit thereover with a apertured splatter panel covering the mouth of the bag. A beater bar inside the bag frame permits the artist to beat the paintbrush on the beater bar while the bag traps the solvent inside. The easel also is adjustable in height, and has provision for a tray, a paper towel holder, and a container holder (e.g., for solvent). Provision for holding the bag in place is provided also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Jerry L. McCloud
  • Patent number: 5791623
    Abstract: An easel and a camera tripod in combination where the camera tripod has a universal mounting plate, the position of which is adjustable. The combination also includes an easel having a central carriage bracket for attachment to the camera tripod, a top and bottom bracket each having a surface for engaging a canvas or other planar medium. The easel includes a plurality of pairs of extension rods, one pair of which is adjustably fastened to the carriage bracket and the top bracket and another pair of which is adjustably fastened to the carriage bracket and the bottom bracket to thereby define a canvas support plane engaging the undersurface of the canvas. The top and bottom brackets engage opposing sides of a canvas. At least one of the top and bottom brackets includes a pressure knob for adjustably engaging the canvas side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Michael C. Louridas
  • Patent number: 5690310
    Abstract: A book stand that is adjustable in the vertical as well as in tilt, and which utilizes a book ledge which is adjustable in width so as to accommodate books and other reading materials of different thicknesses. The backplate of the book holder has a rear book ledge secured along its lower edge, with a plurality of apertures extending therethrough. These apertures receive a plurality of pegs or rods extending from a front book ledge. The pegs may be positioned at varying distances within the apertures and thereby position the front ledge with respect to the rear ledge so as to accommodate books are varying thicknesses. The front ledge has a transparent page-holder extending perpendicular to its upper surface to hold back the pages of the printed material. The invention also includes an extension plate which rests on the two ledges for ring binders which may be quite thick but do not require the page-holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: Dwayne Brown
  • Patent number: 5651525
    Abstract: The invention provides a reading stand including: a base member for the foundation; a plate connected to the base member rotatably for supporting reading material; a transparent plate connected with the plate on the upper edge of the plate, which can be arranged to be in the same plane with the plate and folded toward the plate; a supporting member which supports the lower edge of the reading material placed on the upper surface of the plate; a height adjustment device which adjusts a height of the supporting member, thereby adjusting the height of the reading material; and an angle adjusting device for adjusting the inclination angle of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Inventor: Sikyung Yang
  • Patent number: 5624097
    Abstract: A sheet-supporting stand or easel includes two or more legs, at least one of which is adjustable in length, so as to vary the angle of the stand relative to the ground. A U-shaped mast provides a carriage area for holding one or more sheets, and a pair of clamping devices, mounted to the mast, clamp the sheets from opposite sides. The legs can be collapsed and pivoted around their mounting to the mast, such that the entire assembly can be transported in a generally flat and compact configuration. A wheel may be attached to one or more of the legs, to facilitate movement of the stand along the ground. The wheel may be pivoted and held at any desired angle relative to the leg, such that the wheel may be kept away from the ground while the stand is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: David J. Potter
  • Patent number: 5494251
    Abstract: An artist's easel for supporting a canvas or other workpiece including a carriage having two upright housing masts which each have a longitudinal axis substantially parallel to the other, a slidable outer frame extensibly engaged with the housing masts including a bottom workpiece support for receiving a bottom portion of the workpiece, the outer frame being substantially coplanar with and adapted to slide in a range of motion parallel to the longitudinal axes of the housing masts, a slidable inner frame extensibly engaged with and substantially coplanar to the outer frame and adapted to slide in a range of motion parallel to the range of motion of the outer frame, the inner frame including an adjustable top workpiece support for receiving a top portion of the workpiece, the top workpiece support being slidably mounted to the inner frame and adapted to slide colinear with the range of motion of the inner frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Martin M. Katz
  • Patent number: 5467958
    Abstract: An adjustable multipurpose document holder stand that is capable of holding small and large documents, drawings, blueprints, or rigid displays. The holder having three elongated arm sections pivotally connected together via hinges. The hinges allowing the two end arms to extend outward horizontally to approximately forty-eight inches, enabling it to hold larger sized documents. Each of the three elongated sections having a clamp spanning the length of the elongated sections to which it is attached for holding documents such as computer printouts. A telescoping elongated tubular structure having a base at one end while the opposite end is secured to the middle arm section for height adjustability. A clip extending outwardly from the middle arm section for cooperating with an adjustable ledge disposed on the telescoping elongated tubular structure for holding rigid displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventor: John J. Selvaggio
  • Patent number: 5242145
    Abstract: An adjustable artist's easel, that includes a base, an upwardly extending pedestal, a picture frame support panel, and an articulated arm structure, extending between the pedestal and the panel. The frame support panel can be tilted around its point of connection to the articulated arm structure. Additionally, the frame support panel can be raised or lowered to various different positions, such that an artist can use the adjustable easel, in either a standing position, or a seated position. As an optional embodiment, the easel can be readily equipped with a painting materials tray, in the space below the picture frame support panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: Lloyd Linnell
  • Patent number: 5205526
    Abstract: A collapsible display easel is provided which can be easily extended into a sturdy, erect easel for holding display material, and easily retracted and folded into a compact configuration for transport. The display easel includes a two-legged supporting stand, a vertical brace, and one or more crossbar members. The display material is held against the vertical brace between the crossbar members. The legs are provided with extending support feet for securely supporting the easel in an upright position. The various components are connected by sliding or pivoting attachment mechanisms which allow the components to be easily extended or retracted. The sliding and pivoting connection mechanisms are manually operable and do not require the use of any tools or special equipment. The display easel is retracted into a compact configuration solely by pivoting or sliding the various components with respect to each other, and does not require the disassembly of any of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Pierce Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Deutsch
  • Patent number: 5170983
    Abstract: A bookholder with a base member having a longitudinally extending base portion forward from a U-shaped rod defining a first planar surface; a support member having a longitudinally extending support portion formed from another U-shaped rod defining a second planar surface; a book carrier mounted on the support member having book-supporting ledges; and a transverse coupling member with pairs of holes arranged to receive and hold both the base portion rod and the support portion rod so the first and second planar surfaces intersect at a preselected included angle. The book carrier is movable along the support member to adjust the height of the book carrier with respect to the coupling member. The base member rod is movable with respect to the coupling member between a first "suspending mode" position when the selected included angle is approximately between and, into a second "table supporting mode" position when the selected included angle is between and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Richard M. Stewart
  • Patent number: 5078353
    Abstract: A free-standing, portable support assembly for a hand-held powered saw or tool includes two angled hingedly interconnected support members. At least one of the two support members has a longitudinal tool support surface thereon which is disposed proximate to a saw blade or tool receiving element receiving opening. Adjustable stop means which has an upright force is also disposed proximate the opening and engages an edge of the saw or tool to retain it on the longitudinal support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Christopher Linn
  • Patent number: 5005795
    Abstract: An easel having a pair of segmented front legs and a segmented rear leg member with the legs and segments slidably joined by dovetails and dovetail grooves for varying easel height. The front leg segments, in addition to being extensible, are pivotally joined to the main members of the legs to permit angular positioning of the front leg segments to the vertical to serve as the front legs of the drafting table configuration. In this configuration, the upper ends of the main members are positioned downwardly along the rear leg member to provide a sloping, workpiece supporting surface in the nature of a drafting board. A detachable cross member serves to brace the vertical front leg segments against swaying while a brace assembly braces the connection between the main leg members and the rear leg member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventor: Steven A. Holmgren
  • Patent number: 5004204
    Abstract: An upright frame or standard supports a canvas tray holder attached to a continuous endless V-belt stretched between two pulleys. A counterbalanced weight is attached to hold the canvas tray holder and workpiece in equilibrium, and is readily adjustable to any working height. The standard is mounted on a rectangular horizontal base frame with casters. It is supported vertically by an inclined cross brace assembly connected at pivot points to the standard and at holes on the horizontal base frame members for a vertical or an inclined position of the standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Inventor: Charles T. Cook
  • Patent number: 4979717
    Abstract: A tripod easel with a pair of front legs that are held slightly wider apart at the foot than at the top includes a retaining mechanism for retaining a canvas holder in place which utilizes a portion of the weight of the holder itself or a portion of the sum weight of the canvas holder and the load thereon as the caulking force acting on the sides of the legs, thus providing an easy to use and secure mechanism for holding the canvas holder in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Okayasu Gazai Inc.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Okayasu
  • Patent number: 4955576
    Abstract: A portable writing board mountable for use on a steering wheel of a vehicle and also entirely stable for writing use when rested upon any flat surface. The board has a platform member which has substantially parallel side edges, a lower edge, and a curved upper edge approximating the curvature of the outer diameter of a vehicle steering wheel. A retaining collar depends from the curved upper edge and is unified thereto. The retaining collar consists essentially of a depending skirt portion and a flange-like portion directed radially inwardly from the skirt portion to thereby form a recess capable of accommodating the rim of a vehicle steering wheel. The most depending portions of the retaining collar form a bottom surface which extends continuously along the entire curvature of the retaining collar, and lies in an imaginary plane intersecting the platform at an axis line perpendicular to the side edges of the platform and located at the lowermost bottom edge of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Inventor: Michael K. Moberg
  • Patent number: 4925147
    Abstract: An artist's easel comprises a framework adapted to receive and hold a canvas, and one or more wheels mounted on the framework and enabling the easel to be wheeled to and from a place of use. The easel also includes means for maintaining the frame in its normally intended attitude of use, and means which, in use, engage the ground on which the easel stands to resist any tendency of the easel to move along the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventor: David J. Potter
  • Patent number: 4793083
    Abstract: A sign panel holding system of the type used by real estate agents or the like, comprising a normally upright post and two holding members securable to a post at virtually any point of the overall length thereof. The holders are each provided with at least one but preferably two parallel transverse members defining a pair of parallel slots. The lower holder has the slots turned upwardly to engage lowermost edges of a pair of normally generally rectangular panels. The upper holder is positioned upside down and is slideably adjusted along the post to grip the top edges of the panel to thus secure the panels fixedly to the associated post. The advance in the art is particularly in structural simplicity of the device and in its versatile use with panels of different size. The invention also allows the placement of the panels at selectively different levels of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventor: Angus E. McDonald
  • Patent number: 4760661
    Abstract: A copy stand for shifting a cursor by a motor one line on a copy at a time in which a cursor holder is coupled to bend slightly and sandwich an endless belt driven by the motor. At the driving time by the motor, a coupling force works strongly by a tension of the belt to shift the cursor by the motor and when the cursor is to be returned to its upper end, the cursor can be easily shifted manually while the belt is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1988
    Assignee: Toh Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshikoshi, Katsuhira Marumori, Tsunefusa Gunji
  • Patent number: 4717109
    Abstract: A mahl in the form of a beam adjusted as to height over a base for support of an artist's canvas, with carriages at opposite sides of the base to carry the mahl in spaced relation over the base and supported canvas, with adjustment for said spaced relation, with braking to position the mahl between top and bottom ends of the base, and with a protractor turntable for universal disposition of the canvas with respect to the mahl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventor: Walter G. Johnston
  • Patent number: 4703910
    Abstract: A palette for use by an artist which may be adjustably attached to a standard easel such that it may be easily adjusted to varying heights. The palette surrounds the support post of the easel on three sides and includes holes and concave indentations for use in storing tools and mixing paints. The present disclosure also embodies an easel employing this palette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Assignee: The Joy of Painting
    Inventor: Robert N. Ross
  • Patent number: 4690363
    Abstract: Portable canvas carrier has a central spine with a carrying handle. Movably mounted on the central spine are cross members for holding one or more canvases. The cross members are adjustable for canvas size. A tripod head is attachable to the central spine and is clampable thereto at selected position. The tripod head is of sufficient adjustability to swing from a near horizontal to a near vertical position. The head is carried on three tripod legs for support of the canvas carrier and easel apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventor: Thomas Koves
  • Patent number: RE47426
    Abstract: A detachable rotatable easel conversion kit used to modify and convert an existing easel stand and/or camera tripod into a rotating easel. The kit consists of a portable tabletop easel stand, a rotational assembly, sliding bar clamps, a clamping mechanism, a camera tripod adapter, hardware, and instructions. The work piece is secured by sliding bar clamps as part of the rotational assembly and secured to the easel stand with the clamping mechanism, or to a camera tripod mount using the adapter. The work piece can be rotated a full 360 in either direction with variable tension. L-grips on the sliding bar clamps allow a canvas stretcher to be pulled up from behind for unobstructed access to all four edges of the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Allen Selwa