Interference fit support bracket for a portable folding chair

  • US 6,543,842 B2
  • Filed: 01/31/2001
  • Issued: 04/08/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/03/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A folding chair comprising:

  • a first leg assembly extending generally upward;

    a second leg assembly extending generally upward;

    a first support bracket having a generally L-shaped configuration and being connected to the first leg assembly, the first support bracket including a lateral engagement surface with an inwardly extending upper lip and a transverse engagement surface with an inwardly extending lower lip;

    a second support bracket having a generally L-shaped configuration and being connected to the second leg assembly, the second support bracket including a lateral engagement surface with an inwardly extending upper lip and a transverse engagement surface with an inwardly extending lower lip; and

    a lightweight seat member constructed from blow molded plastic and including an upper surface, a lower surface generally spaced apart from the upper surface, a first edge and a second edge, the first edge of the seat member being sized and configured to abut at least a portion of the lateral engagement surface of the first support bracket and a bottom portion of the seat member being sized and configured to abut at least a portion of the transverse engagement surface of the first support bracket, the second edge of the seat member being sized and configured to abut at least a portion of the lateral engagement surface of the second support bracket and a bottom portion of the seat member being sized and configured to abut at least a portion of the transverse engagement surface of the second support bracket, wherein no metal supports are required to be in contact with the lightweight seat member extending laterally across the lightweight seat member to connect the first and second leg assemblies.

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