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Dec. 23, 1947.
2,433,100
H. DERMAN
TR I - PANELLED COLLAP S IBLE WARDROBÉ
Filed Jan. 27, 1944
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Patented Dec. 23, 19.47
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and» them strips “ l5 ~ seemed`> ~' thereto; - as clearly
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shown in Fig. 6. Only one of these couplings is
shown, but upper and lower ends of both strips
to receive panel strips or sheets 43. In the pres
ent construction, hinges 44 are attached to the
outer rails of the framework of the doors 4I, 42,
I1 will be of the same construction.
rlï‘he reinforcing strip I1 materially aids in
strengthening and reinforcing the complete cabi
net, and particularly the corners formed between
the folds of the side wall members with the in
tegral back wall member.
and to the adjacent rails 24, 25 in swingably
mounting the doors in connection with the frame.
The doors III-42 are adapted to fit snugly
Within the door openings 45, 46, formed between
the rails 24, 25 and 25, 21 respectively, and the
periphery of the door frames having projecting
The door frame I 0 comprises a large rectangu
lar frame bounded by top and bottom rails 22 10 flanges 41 which overlie the strips or rails border
ing the openings 45, 45 to form a tight closure
and 23 respectively, and vertical side rails 24 and
as well as a neat and finished appearance. Fui'
25. All of the rails 22-25 are grooved, as will
ther, these flanges also check closing movement
be noted in Figs. 2 and 3 of the drawing, to re
of the doors. Suitable catch devices, as at 48
ceive forward edges of the top and bottom walls
I2 and I3, and the side walls I6 of the cabinet, 15 and 49 are employed to hold the doors in closed
position.
and suitable fasteningdevices will be employed in
In constructing the door frame unit I0, the
securing the door frame to said walls.
panel portion 32 is built into and forms a fixed
The top and bottom rails 22-23 are also joined
part of the frame. In addition to gluing as a
by widely spaced intermediate rails 26 and 21.
The rails 25 and 21 are actually built into and 20 method of fastening, side edges of the panel 32
have projecting flanges 5U seating in correspond
form a unit part of the door frame construction.
ing grooves in the Vertical rails, for example the
For example, the ends of the rails have tongues
rails 25 shown in Fig. 5, and nails, screws or other
28 fitting in grooved portions 25 on the inner
fasteners 5I may also be employed. After the
surfaces of the rails 22-23, one of which mount
ings is shown at the top of Fig. 3 of the draw 25 finishing paint coating or the like has been ap
plied, the seams between the parts 32, 26 and
ing. The frame is also preferably reinforced by
21 would not appear. Therefore, these seams are
top and bottom inner strips 30 and SI. The strip
omitted in Fig. 1 of the drawing.
SI) comprising a short strip, as indicated in dot
In Fig. 7 of the drawing, I have shown a slight
ted lines in Fig. 1, whereas the strip 3! prefer
ably runs the full width of the cabinet. These 30 modification wherein a panel 32 of the same gen
eral construction as that employed in Figs. 1 to 5
strips 30 and 3| are preferably secured to inner
simply has a drawer opening 52 formed therein,
surfaces of the top and bottom Walls I2 and I3,
and mounted on the bottom I3 of the cabinet
and serve to stiifen the forward edges of these
will be two or more rearwardly extending drawer
Walls, and further to guide the placement of the
walls in the grooves of the top and bottom rails 35 supporting rails 53. Thus a drawer 54 may be
mounted in the lower portion of the cabinet and
22 and 23 in the assemblage of the cabinet.
movable inwardly and outwardly through the
Lower ends of the rails 25 and 21 are joined
panel 32. The drawer will comprise two parts, a
by a solid panel portion 32, which reinforces the
front wall portion 55 of wood having an outer
central panel portion of the frame and also mini
mizes the length of the opening in the panel, 40 handle 55-(1, and a cardboard or similar sheet
folded to form a bottom wall 56, side walls 51,
which opening is bounded by the rails 25-2? and
and a back wall 58.
the rail 22, as well `as the panel portion 32.
The back wall will have inturned flanges 59
The upper end of the panel portion 32 is
secured to the side walls 51 by spreaders or simi
grooved, as seen at 33, as are also inner edges
of the rails 25 and 21, as seen at 34--35, to re 45 lar fasteners 6E). The forward edges of the bot
tom wall 56 and side walls 51 will be secured to
ceive a mirror or other panel 35, having a cor
rugated or other cushioning back wall 31, which
also fits in the grooves bordering the panel open
ing. The lower edge of the top rail 22 will be
grooved portions of the front wall 55 by nails or
other fastening devices as at 6 I .
With this construction, the drawer may be
grooved similarly to the panel portion 32, and 50 shipped in a collapsed condition along with the
other collapsed cabinet or wardrobe, and then
set up and assembled into drawer form, as illus
trated in Fig. 7 of the drawing.
It will be understood that in the knockdown
condition of the cabinet, the unit I0 constitutes
a complete assemblage except for the top finish-substantially triangular tabs 38, preferably of thin
ing strip 62 and the several parts including the
cushioning material, which will provide, in ccn
collapsed drawer 54, which will represent a rela
junction with the backing 31, a cushioned mount
tively thin package having a width substantially
ing of the mirror 35 in the door frame or the
center panel portion thereof. Several transverse 60 equal to the width of the door unit I 0, and a
height also substantially equal to the height of
retaining strips 39 are secured to inner sui-faces
this unit. The reinforcing rails I1 are fixed to
of the rails 26, 21, and have projections 45 which
and foldable with the side walls I6 of the cabinet,
ñt into the grooved portions of the rails to firm
which walls will fold inwardly upon the inner
ly press the backing 31 upon the mirror and also
to reinforce the mounting of the mirror in the 65 surface of the back wall. It will appear that the
depth of the cabinet is substantially half or less
frame. These strips are illustrated in Figs. 2
than half of the full width thereof. This is large
and 3 of the drawing.
ly due to the fact that the greater width is pro
Two substantially similar door members 4I and
vided in the cabinet as compared to other cabi
42 are pivotally or hingedly mounted in the frame
part Il), and arranged at opposite sides of the 70 nets of this kind as heretofore constructed.
The cabinet of the kind described will have a
center panel. As each door member is of the
materially greater capacity for the storage of
same construction, the brief description of one
clothing and in ad'dition, the Wide center panel
will apply to both.
portion of the door frame gives strength to the
Each door comprises a rectangular reinforcing
frame comprising rails grooved on inner edges 75 central portion of the cabinet and, at the same
as the mounting of the mirror is the same at all
corner portions, the brief description of one of
these mountings will be sufficient.
Arranged in the grooves of the framework of
the center panel at corner portions thereof are 55
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time, provides a practical means for mounting a
full length mirror which will serve a useful and`
practical purpose in a product of manufacture
of the kind under consideration.
Having fully described my invention, what I
claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Pat
ent is:
1. In a knockdown cabinet of the class de
scribed, a front door frame unit, said unit com
prising a frame having four widely spaced ver
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tical rails bordering the central opening having
grooves on inner edges thereof, a solid panel clos
ing the central opening in the lower portion of the
frame, said panel having a groove in its upper
edge in alinement with the groves in said vertical
- rails, a thin wall panel closing the remainder of
said opening and seating in the grooves of the
solid panel and said rails, means comprising
strips joining said Vertical rails at vertically
10 spaced intervals for supporting the last named
tical rails joined by top and bottom rails, all
panel in position, said solid panel having an
of the rails having inner surfaces in a common
opening therein, and a collapsible drawer mem
plane and outer surfaces in a common plane,
ber movable inwardly and outwardly through
said ñrst named rails dividing the unit into elon
said opening.
gated side door openings and an elongated cen 15
HARRY DERMAN.
tral opening, doors movably supported in the unit
and controlling said door openings, the vertical
REFERENCES CITED
rails bordering the central opening having
The following references are of record in the
grooves on inner edges thereof, means mounted
file of this patent:
in said grooves for closing said central opening, 20
UNITED STATES PATENTS
transverse strips joining said vertical rails at
vertically spaced intervals to support said means
Number
Name
Date
in the grooves of said rails, and said means in
Re. 22,425
Rosenthal _______ __ Jan. 25, 1944
cluding a drawer slidably supported in the lower
1,897,590
Rohaut __________ __ Feb. 14, 1933
portion of said central opening.
25
2. In a knockdown cabinet of the class de
scribed, a front door frame unit, said unit corn
prising a frame having four widely spaced ver
tical rails joined by top and bottom rails, all of
the rails having inner surfaces in a common 30
plane and outer surfaces in a common plane,
said ñrst named rails dividing the unit into elon
gated side door openings and an elongated cen
Steiner __________ __ Nov.
Derman _________ __ July
Johnston ________ __ Oct.
Clem ___________ __ June
Bartels __________ __ Feb.
Baird ____________ __ Oct.
27,
30,
29,
30,
16,
22,
1934
1935
1935
1935
1937
194,0
2,360,451
Stone ____________ __ Oct. 17, 1944
FOREIGN PATENTS
tral opening, doors movably supported in the
unit and controlling said door openings, the ver
1,981,971
2,009,482
2,019,137
2,046,246
2,070,641
2,218,632
Number
35
19,204
Country
Date
Great Britain ____________ __ 1905
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