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They Invented What? (No. 107)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 30, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 4,387,927:  Chair made from a garbage can.


What is claimed is:

1. A novel chair made from a conventional garbage can comprising:
          a frustoconical metal can having a flat circular bottom, upwardly flaring frustoconical sides and an open top and having an original capacity in the order of 30 gallons, said can being modified by cutting away a portion of its upper half and leaving at least 50% of the upper half of said can to form the curved back of said chair,
          a circular member mounted in a horizontal plane within said can just below the cut-away portion of the can to support the seat of said chair, and
          a cushion of substantially the same diameter as said circular member positioned upon said member to serve as the seat of said chair.

2. The chair of claim 1 wherein the circular member is the inverted lid of a conventional garbage can.

3. The chair of claim 1 or 2 wherein the cut edge of the can is rolled over a wire to form with the original can rim the upper edge of the chair.

4. The chair of claim 2 or 3 in which the lid is secured to the can by a plurality of bolts and a plurality of straps.

5. The chair of claim 4 in which each strap is affixed to the lid and runs vertically along the inside of the can up and over the rim of the can.

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