With Attachment Patents (Class 33/484)
  • Patent number: 9863478
    Abstract: A motion guide device (1) includes: a track body that extends in a longitudinal direction; a movable body (20) that is mounted on the track body and is movable along the track body; an encoder scale that is disposed at the track body in the longitudinal direction; a sensor (50) that is disposed opposite to the encoder scale; and a folder (60) that is disposed at an end face of the movable body (20) in the longitudinal direction, houses the sensor (50) in a width direction of the track body, and holds the sensor such that the sensor faces the encoder scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Sakagami
  • Patent number: 9581204
    Abstract: A magnetic-scale-equipped motion guide apparatus is provided which can scrape iron powder adhered to a magnetic scale by a scraper or seal of a movable member without inviting adverse effects such as wearing away and deformation of the magnetic scale. The magnetic-scale-equipped motion guide apparatus of the present invention comprises a track member 1 having a rolling element rolling portion 1b and also an upper surface where through holes 18 into which fastening members are inserted open, a movable member 2 movably assembled to the track member 1 via a plurality of rolling elements 3, a groove 1a formed in the track member 1 and extended in a longitudinal direction, a magnetic scale 7 accommodated in the groove 1a and having north and south poles alternately formed in the longitudinal direction, and a cover member 8 that covers the magnetic scale 7 and also the through holes 18 of the track member 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akimasa Yoshida, Hiroshi Kaneshige, Takuya Horie, Tetsuya Sakagami, Yoshinobu Moriyuki, Teruaki Ooka
  • Patent number: 9488458
    Abstract: A measuring assembly for quickly and accurately marking a member for cutting includes a squaring tool to mark the member at a selected point. A tape measure is coupled to the squaring tool. Thus, the tape measure is always available to a user while the user utilizes the squaring tool. The tape measure measures a distance on the member such that the member may be quickly and accurately marked for cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Frank Phillips
  • Patent number: 8782912
    Abstract: A tool for carpentry that when used with a nail, a pencil, and a tape measure can draw circles and arcs from a radius of 1 inch up to that of the length of the tape measure. It can also easily make circles or arcs with a radius of 2 inches up to 12 inches using pencil guide holes that are staggered down the length of the device at one eighth-inch intervals. The tool has two rare earth magnets that hold the tape measure to the tool during use. The magnets can be used also to hold a nail on the tool for storage purposes. In that way, a nail is always available when a circle is needed. For more convenience, one or more bubble levels can be added to the tool making the tool not only a circle tool but a torpedo level as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Speedy Circle Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Eric A. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8747244
    Abstract: A putt break visualization instrument useful for improving putting includes an elongated object such as a crossbar that extends from the shaft of a putter and is normal thereto. The golfer begins by addressing the golf ball. The golfer then holds the putter above the green by the handle in the manner of a plumb line so that the shaft of the putter is vertically oriented and the crossbar is horizontally oriented. The golfer then aligns the shaft with the uphill edge of the golf ball and moves the shaft up or down along the vertical so that the crossbar extends in proximity to the cup. The golfer may use a slider on the crossbar to mark the cup. The golfer may now evaluate how well he or she has addressed the golf ball, and either repeat the process if improvement is needed or make the putt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Mitchell Bolen
  • Patent number: 8601700
    Abstract: A sprinkler drop ruler is provided for measuring the sprinkler drop from a roughed-in outlet. The sprinkler drop ruler includes a rigid frame having an opening, a handle connected to the rigid frame and in fixed relation to the rigid frame, and a ruler with an end shaped to seat in the opening and configured to move inside or along a side of the handle in order to measure a sprinkler drop. The sprinklerfitter may thus use the sprinkler drop ruler in order to measure the sprinkler drop. In this way, the sprinklerfitter does not need to climb a ladder to measure the sprinkler drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventor: Matthew Scavone
  • Publication number: 20130125407
    Abstract: A ruler assembly comprising a ruler having a top extending along a ruler width and a ruler length. The top has an inner top surface and an outer top surface. The assembly has at least one side wall extending along the ruler length. The side wall extends from a side wall bottom edge to a side wall top edge proximal to the outer top surface. The outer top surface comprises a plurality of step surfaces, each having a step height measured from the side wall bottom edge to the side wall top edge of each of the plurality of step surfaces. In some embodiments, the inner top surface and the inner side wall surface define a ruler cavity configured to removably couple to an insert ruler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Alan F. Shapiro
  • Publication number: 20130099438
    Abstract: This document discloses magnetic sewing rulers, cutting mats, magnetic holders and magnetic ruler sewing kits are disclosed that provide tools to securely and easily hold fabrics and other sewing materials in place on a cutting mat for laying out, measuring, cutting, pinning, etc. when engaged in sewing projects. The magnetic rulers, cutting mats, and magnetic holders provide security in holding projects to allow a person to use their hands freely during sewing projects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Suzanne Mann
  • Patent number: 8359759
    Abstract: A collection of couplers and a corresponding coupling method that removably connect existing forensic scales to create a coupled scale, wherein a ruler arm of each scale is slidingly engaged in a track of the coupler that provides and maintains arm-to-arm angular accuracy for scales coupled in a fixed angle, co-planar joint, and measurement accuracy of scale markings across the joint. The track includes a lower surface; two laterally opposed parallel edge walls extending up from the lower surface and spaced apart by a dimension suitable for slidingly engaging a ruler arm width; holding tabs that extend laterally inward from both edge walls spaced above the lower surface by a dimension suitable for slidingly engaging a ruler arm thickness; an open end; and preferably a longitudinally distal registration stop. Two coupler tracks are joined with co-planar lower surfaces; and an edge wall of each joined at a fixed angle vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: James C. Schneider
  • Patent number: 8276285
    Abstract: Notepad accessory for use with a hand tool such as a carpenter's rafter angle square having a generally planar body with an opening between major surfaces on opposite sides of the body. The notepad comprises a pair of generally planar members of greater lateral extent than the opening, a writing surface on one side of each of the generally planar members, and means engagable through the opening for securing the two members together on opposite sides of the body with the writing surfaces facing away from the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Bruce A. Bennett
  • Publication number: 20120151787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mathematics tool such as a geometric mathematics template. The tool comprises a body having a 360 degree protractor with angularly spaced graduations and tracing edge extends about the protractor and includes a first tracing edge and a second tracing edge. The first and second tracing edges extend continuously over arcs covering at least 90 degrees and are marked with the angular graduations. In addition, the first and second tracing edges have different radii about a common centre. The mathematics tool enables a user to mark out any angle with ease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Geoff Phillips
  • Publication number: 20120036726
    Abstract: An inch rule for reading off distances has at least one lighting element that is adapted to lights up the surroundings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Cetin Fidan, Okan Ciftci
  • Patent number: 7958646
    Abstract: A ruler including a slip resistant member, wherein the slip resistant member is operable to engage with a working surface to resist the sliding of the ruler when user applies force on the slip resistant member, and is disengaged from the working surface to allow the sliding of the ruler on the working surface when user releases force applied on the slip resistant member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Captronics Industrial Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuen Leung So
  • Publication number: 20110088270
    Abstract: A ruler including a slip resistant member, wherein the slip resistant member is operable to engage with a working surface to resist the sliding of the ruler when user applies force on the slip resistant member, and is disengaged from the working surface to allow the sliding of the ruler on the working surface when user releases force applied on the slip resistant member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Kuen Leung So
  • Patent number: 7814675
    Abstract: An apparatus for aiding in hanging an object on a wall comprises an elongate horizontal bar having a longitudinal axis and a top surface and at least two holders slideable on the bar along the longitudinal axis. Each of the holders includes at least one projection for holding an object hanger at the desired mounting location while a fastener is used to mount the object hanger on the wall. The assembly may optionally include at least one level mechanism for indicating when the apparatus is level. Positioning at least two of the at least two holders spaced apart from each other on the bar allows for properly positioning and mounting the object hangers held by the projections at the desired locations on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Midwest Tool and Die, Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Venderley, David Maberson
  • Patent number: 7788817
    Abstract: A ruler has a base, a design paper and a cover. The base has a ridge, a first inclined sheet, a second inclined sheet, a first horizontal tab and a second horizontal tab. The first inclined sheet is formed on the ridge. The first horizontal tab is formed on the first inclined sheet and has a top surface and multiple scales. The scales are formed on the top surface or the bottom surface. The second inclined sheet is formed on the ridge. The second horizontal tab is formed on the second inclined sheet. The design paper is mounted on the base. The cover is transparent, is mounted detachably on the base and covers the design paper. The design of the ruler can be replaced and the scales are not abraded easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Nick Hsu
  • Patent number: 7698828
    Abstract: A safety rule includes a rule body, which has a stop flange protruded from and extending along one long side thereof, a protective plate, which has one long side pivotally coupled to the rule body so that the protective plate can be set in a collapsed position and closely attached to the top surface of the rule body when the safety rule is not in use or lifted from the rule body to a lifted position for protecting the user's hand to avoid accidental hand injury when the safety rule is used to guide a cutter in cutting a sheet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Shao-Tsung Wei
  • Patent number: 7503124
    Abstract: Apparatuses are provided for various tools that incorporate materials with a high coefficient of friction and a low coefficient of friction. The materials with a low coefficient of friction may be mounted on a tool and have a perpendicular movement to the tool. This perpendicular movement may be implemented with a spring mechanism. The materials with a high coefficient of friction may be mounted on the tool in a fixed position. The tool may be pressed against a surface, first engaging the materials with a low coefficient of friction. The tool may freely move across the surface while the materials with a low coefficient of friction maintain contact with the surface. As the tool is continually pressed to the surface, the materials with a high coefficient of friction subsequently make contact with the surface, thereby causing the lateral movement of the tool with respect to the surface to be restricted and stabilized. An example of the tool may be a spirit or carpenter level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. B. Hobden, Gregory Scott Snider, Oleksiy P. Sergyeyenko
  • Patent number: 7469480
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a laser liner that may be utilized in the craft of scrapbooking. The laser liner of the present invention may comprise an elongated arm and at least one moveably mounted laser. The elongated arm may have a substantially straight longitudinal edge in which a user may line up a piece of media against it. The moveably mounted laser may be adapted to travel longitudinally along at least a portion of the elongated arm, and when powered, projects a beam upon the media in an orientation perpendicular to the longitudinal edge of the elongated arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: John Nottingham, John Spirk, Patrick Brown, Robert Dorsey, Trevor Jackson, Carolyn McNeeley
  • Patent number: 7454840
    Abstract: In a marking device having a laser and a fastening element, especially simple, fast and precise marking of workpieces is attained by providing that the marking device includes a goniometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefano Delfini, Beat Gerber, Christian Ackermann
  • Patent number: 7191534
    Abstract: A handheld layout and marking tool including a rule-like member and a sliding handgrip for sliding to a user desire position. The sliding handgrip preferably includes an integrally formed braking device rendering a one hand operable combined sliding handgrip and braking device. A handheld layout and marking tool having a headpiece and a detachable rule-like member for insertion into the headpiece lengthwise to interchangeably form either a framing square or a T-square.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Kapro Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Emanual Szumer, Amy Levinson
  • Patent number: 7159328
    Abstract: Apparatus 10 discloses a handle 32 for manipulating the device and an extending rule portion 18 having a series of markings or measurements 26 embossed along its edge serving as a base of spacing measurement for a pivotally mounted swing arm 22 and a slide arm 24 perpendicularly attached thereto that may be adjusted to a desired distance. After a desired distance is set the swing arm 22 serves to maintain spacing and parallelism by having a bubble level 36 fabricated into each of its ends to test if the materials held flush are level. After correct measurements are made the apparatus 10 may then be used as a gauging tool for the quick and ready spacing and setting of materials afterwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Peter Thompson Duda
  • Patent number: 7043850
    Abstract: A transparent measuring device having a planar structure, a plurality of markings, at least one window, and a seam allowance guide. The planar structure has an upper surface and a lower surface, and the markings are formed on the lower surface of the planar structure. The markings are formed as a plurality raised ribs protruding from the lower surface of the planar structure. The raised ribs are fabricated from transparent material and so configured to induce visual graduation of light beams propagating therethrough. The seam allowance guide is removably and slidably attached to the planar structure at the window. The seam allowance guide has an upper guide bar and a lower guide bar, and the distance between the upper and lower guide bars automatically calculates a seam allowance for a desired pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: John R. Brady
  • Patent number: 6988324
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an adjustable measuring and pointing tool to be used for construction material measurements in building and metallic carpentry, comprising a bar (1) preferably, but not exclusively, made of aluminium alloy, on which a graduated plane (4) is realized, which allows the material measurement, and one or more cursors (7) able to slide along the entire graduated plane (4) to obtain the desired measures, comprising at least one screw (8) with adjustment ring nut, to allow the locking on said bar (1) of said adjustable measuring and pointing tool once established the desired measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Pier Giorgio Vicario
  • Patent number: 6973733
    Abstract: A device and method for a straightedge with a handle and a level are provided. The device includes a rectangular body having at least one flat edge surface; a handle adapted to engage the rectangular body; and at least one leveling vial mounted to the handle. The vial indicates whether the at least one flat edge surface of the rectangular body is level against a planar surface when the handle is engaged with the rectangular body. The method of leveling or measuring includes the steps of providing a rectangular body having at least one flat edge surface, providing a handle adapted to fit with the rectangular body, the handle having at least one leveling vial mounted thereto, and removably engaging the body to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventor: Steven R. Levine
  • Patent number: 6919517
    Abstract: A beam scale for measurement of body weight and height according to the present invention includes a frame and a weighing mechanism. The frame includes a base assembly, a pillar assembly, and a horn assembly. The weighing mechanism is housed within the frame and includes a beam, weights, and a lever assembly. The horn assembly may include a transparent holding bracket having a level indicator. The scale may include a height measurement assembly having a height rod, a sheath supported by the horn assembly and the pillar assembly, a measuring arm, and a transparent height-measuring window having a line indicator. The frame may include a quick assembly mechanism to secure the pillar assembly to the base assembly during final assembly, quiet wheels for transport, and/or handle bars to support the user. Much of the frame may be made of pigmented thermoplastic or thermoset materials to reduce manufacturing costs and scale weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Pelstar, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia, Shawn Barrett, Curtis L. Cruver, IV
  • Publication number: 20030208918
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved teaching aid for teaching addition and subtraction of real numbers which may be easily mastered by children or students. The teaching aid includes a slide (20) and a rule (30). The rule is inscribed with a scale (31). The slide is inscribed with a pointer (25) and indicia (21, 22, 23, 24) indicating the appropriate movement of the slide relative to the scale as a function of the sign of the real numbers desired to be added or subtracted. In certain aspects of the invention, the indicia include arrows (23, 24, 43, 44), and positive and negative signs, and combinations thereof. The slide and the rule are so configured and arranged that the pointer (25) and the scale (31) are in relative alignment. In some aspects, the rule is inscribed with one or more real numbers (32, 32a, 32b, 32c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Burke
  • Patent number: 6606796
    Abstract: A drawing tool comprising a protractor portion at one end and an elongated radius arm portion extending therefrom, with a pivot disc rotatably mounted in the tool, and an adjustable radius indicator slideably mounted in the radius arm portion, the pivot disc having an open circular pivot point and the adjustable radius indicator having means for automatically resisting unintended indicator movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Safe-T Products, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Bruce Stoneberg
  • Patent number: 6604296
    Abstract: A Framing Speedsquare Attachment is disclosed. Also disclosed is an attachment that includes a segment for slidingly attaching a conventional Speedsquare thereto. The attachment further includes a telescoping extension having a measuring scale on its top surface. Interconnecting the first segment to the telescoping portion is a U-shaped segment that is configured to permit a conventional saw blade to pass through without cutting the attachment. The attachment may also include an anti-jam mechanism to prevent a stop member from pinching a board to be cut. As designed, the attachment provides the user with the ability to make repetitive cuts without the need to use an additional measuring tape nor needing to make cut demarcations on the board to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Mastrobattista
  • Publication number: 20030145476
    Abstract: A drafting tool consists of a ruler body (10) and multiple auxiliary elements such as pen-guides, levels, gauges, tool holders, etc. attached to the ruler body to make the drafting tool handy to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Kun-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 6594939
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fish measuring device manufactured from environmentally friendly material and will reduce the manhandling of fish that need to be returned to the water as the fish can be quickly placed into the fish measuring device, an accurate measurement taken and finally, live released as required. The fish measuring device comprises a base member having top and bottom surfaces, first and second sides and first and second ends, side containment means and means for connecting the side containment means to the top surface of the base member, said side containment means providing a fish containment trough and a scale provided within said fish containment trough; and means for extending the fish containment trough to measure larger fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph Ondusko
  • Patent number: 6591511
    Abstract: An improved framing square having integral features for automating the marking and cutting of angles. The square contains two sliding carriages—one in the body and one in the blade. Each carriage has a deployable pin. In order to set an angle, the user first deploys the pins in each sliding carriage so that they protrude downward from the square. Next, the user sets the sliding carriage in the body to the desired position and locks it in place. The user then sets the sliding carriage in the blade to the desired position and locks it in place. The two pins protruding from the sliding carriages are then butted against the board to be cut. Once they are in place, the blade of the square will form the correct cutting angle across the board. Since many common cuts employ a twelve inch base leg, the invention includes another feature: Rather than set the sliding carriage within the body to twelve inches, the user may opt instead to deploy a fixed pin located in the body at the twelve inch position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Trinvent, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy B. Carroll, John Wiley Horton, Stephen M. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6553679
    Abstract: An alignment tool for clip angles including an attachment portion adapted for being coupled with a square and a hole of a clip angle. The attachment portion should be perfectly alignment with the hole of the clip angle to define a properly positioned hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Duane L. Todd
  • Publication number: 20030037453
    Abstract: A Framing Speedsquare Attachment is disclosed. Also disclosed is an attachment that includes a segment for slidingly attaching a conventional Speedsquare thereto. The attachment further includes a telescoping extension having a measuring scale on its top surface. Interconnecting the first segment to the telescoping portion is a U-shaped segment that is configured to permit a conventional saw blade to pass through without cutting the attachment. The attachment may also include an anti-jam mechanism to prevent a stop member from pinching a board to be cut. As designed, the attachment provides the user with the ability to make repetitive cuts without the need to use an additional measuring tape nor needing to make cut demarcations on the board to be cut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Mastrobattista
  • Patent number: 6510617
    Abstract: A device (10) for determining the movement or elongation of an article, particularly a belt (28), is disclosed. The device (10) is comprised of two different pitched length scales (12, 14) which when laid upon one another form a vernier scale. When the scales are laid upon one another, a small area of visible contrasting color (24) is seen. A large movement of the visible contrasting color (24) indicates the miniscule movement of either scale (12, 14), relative to the other. The device (10) disclosed may also be partially imprinted onto a belt (28) wherein minute elongation of the belt (28) is obvious.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Brent James Gerdes, James Walter Debus
  • Patent number: 6505411
    Abstract: A portable saw guide and T-square and method of use where an accurate and straight saw cut is desirable. The T-square saw guide has an alignment arm and a flexible guide arm which can be quickly and accurately secured to a work piece such as a sheet of plywood by a clamping mechanism in order that a worker may use a guide edge of the T-square to accurately maneuver and guide a saw along a desired course despite variations in the surface of the work piece. The guide arm forms a flush linear contact between a surface of the workpiece and the saw guide to compensate for any non planar irregularities such as a bow, sag or warp in the work piece to cause continuous contact between the saw being guided along the guide edge of the T-square to produce a straight cut along the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Richard E. Gooden
  • Publication number: 20020178597
    Abstract: An alignment tool for clip angles including an attachment portion adapted for being coupled with a square and a hole of a clip angle. The attachment portion should be perfectly alignment with the hole of the clip angle to define a properly positioned hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Duane L. Todd
  • Publication number: 20020157270
    Abstract: The present invention describes a golf shaft measuring device comprising a base, a shaft alignment device attached to the base, an alignment plate also attached to the base and perpendicular to the shaft alignment device, a slide attached to the alignment plate and an indexing guide slidably attached to said base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Victor Maraschiello
  • Patent number: 6463666
    Abstract: A measuring and leveling device constructed with bubble vials for leveling which are movable to the precise point of application, with the measuring scale situated on a surface so constructed as to allow the scale to be located directly against and parallel to the surface to be measured. The device serves for both measuring and leveling tasks in one tool, and is constructed including a body portion provided with a ruler for measuring distances between points, in which the measuring scale is marked on a surface which tapers to a flat edge as in a conventional ruler. The body portion has two parallel tracks along its longitudinal axis, and two clamps situated on the body of the leveling device, each of which is held in place by tabs situated on the underside of the clamps and insertable into the parallel tracks, each clamp including a bubble vial mounting portion into which a bubble vial is fixedly mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Kapro Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Emmanuel Szumer
  • Publication number: 20020095804
    Abstract: A novel sheet material cutting device comprising an elongated planar base plate including a bottom base plate surface adapted to lie on the top surface of a flat sheet of cuttable material, a top base plate surface overlying the bottom surface and spaced-apart therefrom, at least one elongated straight cutting edge between the bottom surface and the top surface and parallel to the main axis of the base plate for contact with a cutting blade during cutting of sheet material lying under the bottom base plate surface, and a trailer edge spaced-apart from the cutting edge, and a guard wall extending upward from the base plate top surface, between the cutting edge and the trailer edge and parallel to the main axis of the base plate, the wall curved toward the trailer edge to provide an ever-expanding space between the cutting edge and the guard wall as a function of height above the base plate top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventor: Jay E. Coplan
  • Patent number: 6393710
    Abstract: A combination tape measure and straight edge apparatus includes a first straight edge segment which includes an outer edge and an inner edge which includes first hinge members. A tape measure assembly support unit includes second hinge members that engage the first hinge members. A tape measure assembly is provided, and a connector is provided for attaching the tape measure assembly to the tape measure assembly support unit. The second hinge members of the tape measure assembly support unit permit the tape measure assembly support unit and the attached tape measure assembly to be rotated around the first hinge members so that the tape measure assembly can selectively be moved to and from a storage orientation and a plurality of in-use orientations. A second straight edge segment and a third straight edge segment form an isosceles right triangle along with the first straight edge segment. The tape measure assembly support unit includes riser members which support the second hinge members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Michael R. Hastings
  • Patent number: 6314653
    Abstract: A ruler device is disclosed. It comprises a ruler body, a spring member disposed on an upper surface of the ruler body such that the spring member is warped upwardly, and a slip-preventive member disposed on a lower surface of the ruler body, the slip-preventive member being caused to project downwardly when the spring member is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Nobuaki Iso
  • Patent number: 6266889
    Abstract: A device for laying out an angle to form a borderpiece for a roof from a standard workpiece. The device includes first and second members, contact elements extending from each member. The contact elements contact opposing edges when the device is disposed on the workpiece. An edge of each first and second element defines the angle at which the workpiece is to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Timothy C. Boyce
  • Patent number: 6260283
    Abstract: A multi-functional carpentry tool includes a base plate having opposed front and back major surfaces, and at least one side edge bearing surface perpendicular to the front and back surfaces. A pivot ruler is secured to the base plate and extends across and parallel to the front major surface and outwardly from the base plate. The pivot ruler includes an elongated marking member having opposing straight side edges. A longitudinal slot is formed in the marking member parallel to and between the opposed side edges of the marking member. A pivot attachment device is received through the slot of the marking member and into the base plate for pivotably attaching the marking member to the base plate. The marking member is slidable across the front major surface of the base plate a distance equal to the length of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Ezee Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul B. Abernathy, Dean W. Chapman
  • Patent number: 6247240
    Abstract: A ruler system for measuring workpieces includes a multi-surfaced ruler with rules inscribed along the edges of several surfaces. The ruler contains grooves and T-slots in its surfaces that run along the length of the ruler. In addition, apertures are located in the end surfaces of the ruler. The T-slots and apertures allow several accessories to be attached to the ruler for additional functionality. The accessories include a wheel attachment for drawing parallel lines, storyboard indicators for repeated measurements, a hook rule for measuring from the end of a workpiece, and trammel points for drawing arcs and circles. Connectors may be placed in the grooves of the ruler to link together multiple rulers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Bridge City Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Economaki
  • Patent number: 6240649
    Abstract: A sighting assembly for providing a reference laser beam in the course of connecting pipe segments to each other includes an elongate body in which a laser pointing course is received and which is pivotally engaged at its front end to an straight edged arm. The body may further include a magnetic compass and a level assembly, both proximate its rear end, to provide a visual indication of the azimuth and inclination thereof. These are achieved by an azimuth ring on the compass projecting into lateral cutouts in the body for manipulative convenience. In one example the arm supports two spaced posts, each including spaced projections for contacting the pipe segment, and when the arm is collapsed below the body for storage the posts are received in the cutouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Paul T. McElroy
  • Patent number: 6233835
    Abstract: A scribe/guide tool used as a compass and to layout stair stringers. The tool is also used in conjunction with a straightedge or a rule to function as a compass, and is most often used in pairs. A scribe means is removably inserted into the body of the tool. The tool includes a clamping means with smooth surfaces to affix the scribe/guide tool to another cooperating tool. A clamp element is moved up and down relative to the main body via a screw drive. Position indicating edges of the main body of the tool are tapered to a very narrow point to reduce the possibility of accumulated error when marking a workpiece with the tool as a guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventors: Jacob Eugene Brown, Henry W. Cooper
  • Patent number: 6199288
    Abstract: A tool for use in marking large flat building material sheets, each sheet having a standardized length and a standardized width and having opposed longitudinal side edges to provide a cut line by which each sheet can be dimensionally shaped for installation on a building roof or gable the tool being an elongated bar providing at least one straight edge having a first pin affixed to the bar and extending perpendicular to it and a second perpendicular pin affixed to the bar, the spacing between the first and second pins being adjustably variable, the first and second pins being configured to slidably engage opposed longitudinal side edges of the building material sheets so that the bar straight edge extends at an angle to the longitudinal side edges, the straight edge providing an edge for marking the sheets to provide a guideline for an angle cut, the angle being selectively determined by the spacing between the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Marvin D. Gregory
  • Patent number: 6161297
    Abstract: A pipe fitting tool is provided including a square having a pair of planar rectangular strips coupled at ends thereof in perpendicular relationship. Also included is at least one holder having a pair of lower surfaces which form an angle with respect to each other. The holder further has a top surface secured to the square such that the same resides in a plane in which an intersection of the lower linear surfaces resides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Jeffrey O. Boggs
  • Patent number: 6145210
    Abstract: The accessorized collapsible multiscale comprises a plurality of elongate slats which are joined together along elongate edges thereof, each slat including at least one graduated scale thereon, the multiscale being collapsible by folding together of adjacent slats, and the multiscale including an accessory clip which is used to maintain a terminal position of a desired slat, with the clip angling the slat relative to a support surface therefor for ease in viewing the scale on the desired slat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Chris Walczynski