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Pool table frame

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Title: Pool table frame.
Abstract: A pool table frame includes a set of horizontal beams for supporting a playing surface. The set of horizontal beams includes at least two side beams extending longitudinally along opposed sides of the frame, and at least two end beams extending transversely along opposed ends of the frame and generally between the side beams, the end beams each having a longitudinal extent about half that of the side beams. Each side beam includes beam segments extending lengthwise of the respective side beam, each beam segment having a longitudinal extent generally equal to or less than the longitudinal extent of the end beams. A plurality of legs are mounted beneath the set of horizontal beams. ...


USPTO Applicaton #: #20090305802 - Class: 473 33 (USPTO) - 12/10/09 - Class 473 
Games Using Tangible Projectile > Billiards Or Pool >Table Or Gameboard >Frame Or Leg Structure

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20090305802, Pool table frame.

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This application claims the benefit of Provisional Application No. 61/059,459, filed Jun. 6, 2008, which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD

The present application relates to pool tables, and more specifically, to pool table frames.

BACKGROUND

Pool tables generally comprise a playing surface useable for various games and activities, and a frame supporting the surface.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,926,613 (Binning) discloses a pool table having a plurality of corner assemblies which allow the pool table to be easily disassembled while concomitantly allowing the pool table to be sturdy.

SUMMARY

Pool table frames typically comprise at least one unitary support segment extending along the length of the pool table frame. For example, typical 4′×8′ pool tables comprise two 8′ long rails extending along the length of the pool table, and two approximately 4′ long rails extending along the width of the pool table. The 8′ long members can increase the difficulty and cost of shipping or storing the frame.

The present specification relates to pool table frames that may be disassembled to be efficiently shipped and stored, and re-assembled to provide a structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing pool table frame. For example, embodiments of the present invention may provide a frame for an 8′×4′ pool table, which may be shipped and stored in an approximately 4′×4′ container, thus providing an efficient use of space, as well as reduced shipping costs. Furthermore, in some embodiments, when assembled, the frame may provide the appearance of a standard pool table, and may thus be aesthetically pleasing.

According to one example, a pool table frame comprises a frame body comprising at least two frame ends, and at least two frame sides extending between the at least two frame ends. Each frame side comprises at least two longitudinally extending frame segments coupled together to form each frame side such that in use, the frame segments bear at least some of the weight of a pool table surface. Each frame segment has a length that is less than or equal to half of a length of each frame side. A plurality of legs extends from the frame body.

In some examples, each frame side can comprise two frame segments of substantially equal length. Each frame segment can be, for example, about 4 feet in length.

In some examples, the at least two frame segments can be coupled together at end faces thereof to form a seam therebetween. An ornamental cover piece can be coupled to an outer surface of the frame side to at least partially conceal the seam. The at least two frame segments can be coupled together with at least one cam-and-dowel. A bracing segment can be coupled to an inner surface of the at least two frame segments to support the at least two frame segments at the seam.

In some examples, the pool table frame can include a plurality of ribs extending between the two frame sides. The at least two frame segments can be coupled together at end faces thereof to form a seam therebetween, and at least one of the ribs extends between the at least two frame sides at the seams thereof. In some examples, the pool table frame can comprise at least one rib extending between the at least two frame ends.

In some examples, each frame segment can comprise a first width at a first end thereof, and a second width greater than the first width at a second end thereof. The at least two frame segments can be coupled together at the first ends thereof. The at least two frame segments can be coupled to the at least two frame ends at the second ends thereof. The frame ends and the frame segments can be fabricated from a material selected from the group consisting of oak, maple, and mahogany.

In some examples, a frame for a billiard table or pool table comprises a set of horizontal beams for supporting a playing surface.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective illustration of a pool table comprising an embodiment of a pool table frame of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective illustration of the pool table frame shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an exploded view of an embodiment of a frame side of the present invention;

FIG. 4A is an enlarged exploded view of the region shown in box 4 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4B is an enlarged view of an alternate embodiment of the region shown in box 4 of FIG. 2; and

FIG. 5 is a perspective illustration of an alternate embodiment of a pool table frame of the present invention.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20090305802 A1
Publish Date
12/10/2009
Document #
12480454
File Date
06/08/2009
USPTO Class
473 33
Other USPTO Classes
473/4
International Class
63D15/00
Drawings
7



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