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US1999763A
US1999763A US559866A US55986631A US1999763A US 1999763 A US1999763 A US 1999763A US 559866 A US559866 A US 559866A US 55986631 A US55986631 A US 55986631A US 1999763 A US1999763 A US 1999763A
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
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    • E04BGENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS
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ppm-M 3m, v R. KELLER ET AL OFFICE PARTITION Filed Aug. 28, 1951 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 ENVENTORS April 3%), W35. R. KELLER 5r AL 11,999,763
OFFICE PARTITION Filed Aug. 28, 1931 5 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTORS A rrfifl 3@, W3. R. KELLER ETAL H$999,763
OFFICE PARTITION Filed Aug. 28, 1931 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 B Y fir ATTOQQY Patented Apr. 30, 1935 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE N. Y., assignors to Henry Klein & York, N. Y., a corporation Co. Inc., New
Application August 28, 1931, Serial No. 559,866
8 Claims.
This invention relates to ofiice partitions of standardized and interchangeable construction, partitions such that they are suitable for a wide variety of locations without special construction.
It is an object of the present invention to provide the component parts of the partition with an interlocking device so that they can be readily put together. The interlocking device is adjustable to allow for variations in the parts to be locked and is so constructed to impart rigidity to the partition. Another feature of the present invention is the use of the well known telescoping post, with. an improved telescoping stile, in that said post and stile are symmetrical in cross section about the horizontal axis perpendicular to the face of the partition. With a symmetrical telescoping stile, it is possible to reverse said stile on the opposite side of the door for engaging the transom without the use of a filler piece between the stile and the transom. Special extension pieces are provided at the floor to take care of unevenness at the bottom of the posts.
Other objects and advantages will become apparent upon further study of the description and drawings in which:.-
Fig.1 is a partial front elevation of the partition.
Fig. 2 is a broken vertical section to an enlarged scale taken along the line 22 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a broken horizontal section to an enlarged scale taken along the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a broken horizontal section to an enlarged scale taken along the line 44 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged partially sectional view of the interlocking device at the junction of a chair rail and a post.
Fig. 6 is a partial side elevation of a post show ing the undercut slot.
Fig. '7 is a perspective end view of a portion of a chair rail showing the adjustable screw.
Fig. 8 is a partial cross section of a post taken along the line 88 of Fig. 6. i
Fig. 9 is a partial cross section of a post and chair rail taken along the line 9-9 of Fig. 5.
Fig. 10 is a partial cross section of a post and chair rail at a slot where there is only one integral molding formed on the side of the post.
Fig. 11 is a perspective view of the metal extension piece for the bottom of the post.
Fig. 12 is a partial front elevation of the lower portion of the partition at a post.
Fig. 13 is a partial section taken along the line Iii-l3 of Fig. 12.
Fig. 14 is a partial plan section taken along the line l4-l4 of Fig. 12, and
Fig. 15 is a partial'cross section of a post and chair rail at a slot, but with the slot shown in the chair rail instead of in the post.
Base members I2 are provided with a slot l3 at their bottom (Figs. 1, 2 and 12). A floor strip l4 (Figs. 2, 12, .13 and 14) is fastened to the floor for substantially the entire length of the partition except at door I5. Base members I2 are set over floor strip l4 so that said strip enters slot l3. To allow for possible unevenness of the floor, floor molds it are fastened to the lower portion of base members I2, said floor molds being brought down to the floor while the bottom edge of base members l2 does not necessarily touch the floor. Base blocks H which form the lower end of posts 18 come at either end of base members E2. The bottom of posts l8 at their base blocks ll, also does notnecessarily touch the floor. Sheet metal extension pieces 19 (Figs. 1, 11, 12, 13 and 14) are fastened to the lower portion of base blocks I1 to close any gapbetween the floor and the bot tom edge of said blocks. The extension pieces it are provided with outstanding flanges which nest between base members I2 and floor molds I 6 (Figs. 11 and 14) The left hand end of the partition (Figs. 1 and 3) is provided with a wall member 20 set against the wall. Between wall member 26 and the first post l8, 2. filler piece 2| is used.
. Door 15 is hung between the third and fourth (from the left on Fig. 1) posts I8, suitable jamb pieces 22 being used, as is well known to the art. Above base members l2 are mounted panels 23 of wood or other material,.and on top of panels 23 and between posts l8 are set chair rails 24. Above chair rails 24 are mounted panels 25, usually of glass. Above panels'25 and door l5 and upon posts I8 is mounted cornice 26, consisting of the dust cap 21, crown mouldings 28 and clips 29 for holdingthe structure above said cornice as is well known to the art. Above cornice 25 are mounted panels 30, usually of glass, and over the door, transom 3 l. Between adjacent panels 30 and between those panels 30, adjacent to transom 3|, and said transom, are located the telescoping stiles 32 of posts I8. These stiles will be explained more fully later on. Above panels 30 are set sheets of fiber board 40. Another cornice 4! is mounted near the top of panels 30. g
The various panels are held in place on the posts, chair rails and base members by solid sticking or integral molding asindicated at 33, or by planted-on molds as indicated at 34 (Figs.
2 and 3) as the exigencies of the erection of the partition require, as is well known to the art.
The chair rails and base members of the partition are fastened into the posts by special interlocking devices, which are indicated at the numerals 35 in Fig. 1. Other members, if required for any particular partition, as for example the cornice 26, also may be fastened to the posts by the special interlocking device. It isa device for the general use of fastening members to the posts of a partition, which is illustrated by way of example in the present case at the chair rails 24 and base members l2. Referring now more particularly to Figs..5, 6, '7, 8 and 9, chair rail 24. is provided with a wood screw 36. The end of chair rail 2 is concaved or substantially U shaped, with the legs 39 of the U adapted to butt against the face of post l8, while at the same time, said U shaped end can snugly fit over the moldings 33. Post it is provided with an undercut keyhole slot 33 in its hollow shell, said slot having an entrance opening 3?. The head of screw '36 is adapted to pass through opening3'l and then down into slot 38, binding chair rail 24 to post 58. By adjusting the amount that screw 36 sets into the chair rail, a tight fit can be obtained between the chair rail and the post. A very rigid connection'is obtained by this construction between the chair rail and the post, the legs 39 of the end of the chair rail having considerable leverage with screw 35 for stifiening the connection. When properly adjusted, the screw requires forcing to slide it down the slot, the underside of the head of the screw bearing tightly against the forward sides of the undercut portion of slot 38. Molding 33 also plays a considerable partin stiffening the connection. A similar construction to that just described is used for the connection of base members l2 to post-s w. Similarly, if desired, the dust cap 21 of cornice 26 can be made interlocking with posts 58. In Fig. such a connection is shown. This connection differs from that of the chair rail in that instead of having solid sticking or molding 33 on both sides of screw 36, molding 33 is provided on the post at this locationonly on one side. t is not feasible to have solid sticking on both sides of the post at this location, because of the method of inserting panels 25, as can be seen in Fig. 3, where planted-on molding 34 must be used. Fig. 19 does not show molding 34 as the connection is made first and later on when the panel is'erected molding 34 is inserted. Molding 34 extends upward (Fig. 2) from the top of chair rail 3%.
For the proper setting of the partition andaction of the interlockingdevices' 35, all keyhole slots 38 at the bottom of posts 18 for the connection of base members 12 are set on a level with each other. The use of floor molds l6 and sheet metal extension pieces #9 compensate for any gaps between the floor and the bottom of said base members and posts due to the setting of the base members and posts with interlocking devices 35 level. The setting of the interlocking devices 35 at the bottom of the partition on a level, assures that those at the chair rails 24 are on a level since standard spacing of the interlocking devices is used.
Transom 3i is provided with pivots, not shown, which permit it to swing about a vertical axis at its center. Transom 3i, as well as panels 30, are mounted between telescoping stiles 32. These stiles at their lower portion are inside of posts It which are hollow. Thestiles can be set varying amounts inside of posts !8 to suit various panel heights. The cross section of stiles 32 is symmetrical about its front to rear horizontal axis. This permits the setting of the stiles in various positions without the addition of special pieces, as for example the stile 32 (Fig. 4) on the right hand side of transom 3i is turned 180 degrees from stile 32 on the left hand side of said transom. Moldings 33 on said stiles are adapted thereby to act as stops for the transom. The cross section of posts i8 is also symmetrical about its horizontal front to rear axis, permitting said posts to be set in various positions in partitions and causing them to be interchangeable. Except for the moldings, the cross sections of the stiles and posts are symmetrical about their horizontal axis parallel to the face of the partition. The post below the chair rail is symmetrical about this axis even including the moldings.
Instead of having screw 36 fastened to the horizontal members, such as the chair rail 24, base 52 ordust cap 2?, it can be fastened to the posts (Fig. while slot 38 is formed in the horizontal members as illustrated in chair rail 24. All the claims are intendedto be .broad enough to cover this latter location of the screw and slot except those that specifically mention that the slots are between the moldings or adjacent the moldings.
We claim:
1. An office partition comprising posts, horizontal membersframed to the posts in spaced relation,'sheet panels without a frame mounted between the posts and said members, said posts having a pair of moldings on each sidesuitably spaced to support directly the sheets comprising said panels, projectionshaving a shank and an enlarged head, extending from the ends of said members, said posts being provided with slots opposite said projections, said slots comprising an outer portion and a wider inner portion, said outer portion being of a width sufficient topass said shank and located at the space between the moldings, said inner portion being of a width to contain said head, said head being mounted in the inner portion; said heads being adjustably locatable with reference to the ends of the members for varying their extension therefrom, said adjustability effecting longitudinal adjustment of the parts of the partition.
2. An ofiice partition as claimed in claim 1, in which the ends of the horizontal members are concaved to fit the moldings on the sides of the posts, said heads being adjusted to cause the ends of said members to butt against the sides of the posts and their moldings with substantial pressure.
3. An office partition as claimed in claim 1, in which the ends of the horizontal members are substantially U shaped to pass the moldings on the sides of the posts, said heads being adjusted to cause the ends of the legs of the U to butt against the sides of the posts with substantial pressure. 7
4. An ofiice parition comprising posts, horizontal members framed to the posts in spaced relation, sheet panels without a frame mounted between the posts and said members, said posts being formed with an integral molding on each side for supporting directly the sheet comprising each panel, screws screwed into the ends of said members, said posts having slots adjacent said molding and opposite said screws, said slots having an undercut portion, the heads of said screws being mounted in the undercut portion of said slots,
the ends of said horizontal members being concaved to pass the molding and clear the slot on each side of said posts, said screws being set to cause the ends of said members to butt against the sides of the posts with substantial pressure.
5. An office partition comprising posts formed with a hollow shell, stiles telescopically mounted in said shells extending above the top of said shells, horizontal members framed to the posts in spaced relation, panels mounted between the posts and said members and between said stiles, said posts being provided opposite said members with slots in their shells, said slots having an undercut portion, and projections having enlarged heads extending from the ends of said members,
said heads being adjustably locatable with reference to the ends of said members for varying their distance therefrom, mounted in the undercut portion of said slots said adjustability effecting longitudinal adjustment of the parts of the partition.
6. In an ofjce partition comprising base members, posts, of greater thickness than said base members, framed between said members, and floor molds mounted on the bottom of said members, sheet metal extension pieces, at the bottom of the posts, shaped to encompass the posts at the portions projecting beyond the thickness of the base members, and outstanding flanges formed on said pieces nesting between the floor molds and the base members.
7. An oiiice partition comprising posts, horizontal members framed in spaced relation to the posts, sheet panels without a frame mounted between the posts and said members, said posts having moldings on their sides for supporting directly the sheets comprising said panels, the ends of said members being concaved said heads being' to pass the moldings, projections, having a shank and anenlarged head, extending from the ends of said members, said posts being provided with slots opposite said projections, said slots comprising an outer portion and a wider inner portion, said outer portion being of a width sufficient to pass said shank, said inner portion being of a width to contain said head, said head being mounted in the inner portion, said heads being adjustably locatable with reference to the ends of the members for varying their extension therefrom, said adjustability efiecting longitudinal adjustment of the parts of the partition.
8. An ofiice partition comprising posts formed with a hollow shell, stiles telescopically mounted in said shells extending above the top of said shells, horizontal members framed to the posts in spaced relation, sheet panels without a frame mounted between the posts and said members, moldings on the sides of said posts for supporting directly the sheets comprising said panels, the ends of said members being concaved to pass the moldings, projections, having a shank and an enlarged head, extending from the ends of said members, said posts being provided with slots adjacent said moldings and opposite said projections, said slots comprising an outer portion and a wider inner portion, said outer portion being of a width sufiicient to pass said shank, said inner portion being of a width to contain said head, said head being mounted in the inner portion, said heads being adjustably locatable with reference to the ends of the members for varying their extension therefrom, said adjustability effecting longitudinal adjustment of the parts of the partition.
RALPH KELLER. RAYMOND CARNEY.
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