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Offline clark_fork

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Port-A-Mate PBR-001 Wood Storage Organizer Rack
« on: September 19, 2016, 12:10 PM »
At under $60.00 (Home Depot) the Port-A-Mate PBR-001 Wood Storage Organizer Rack provides an economical solution to the buy/build choice when considering a shop wood-rack or shelves. The Port- A-Mate Wood rack is a compact (41 inch Height) six shelf rack that can be assembled and hung in less than an hour. Shelves are easily added and if notched, can provide safe shelf space leaving no gap between the support brackets and the wall.

The package arrives carefully packed measuring 41” X 4” X 3 ¾. Included are two  41” vertical support brackets, 12 Horizontal bars, 6 spaces to go between the upright bracket and the wall and 12 screws on which the horizontal bars are set on the two vertical uprights.

There is an illustrated brochure setting out the assembly directions. Instructions are in English, French and Spanish.  Assembly is not entirely intuitive so a quick review of the instructions is in order. The rack is fully assembled before mounting on wall. Assembly requires installing a screw and then sliding on the horizontal bar and then setting in the next screw. There is a small notch in each horizontal bar that is set against the screw. One bar has the logo on the side and depending if you want to advertise the brand or hide the logo, plan the placement of this particular horizontal bar.

The wood rack provides six levels (including the top) with a weight bearing capacity of 110Lbs ( 50kg) The recommended distance to support the designed weight is 4-6 ft. (120-180 cm). The distance between the horizontal bars is 6.5 inches. There are several options from leaving off a horizontal bar to increase the distance to 13 inches or drilling new holes, easily accomplished using a 5/32” (4mm) drill bit.

Mounting screws are not provided. These, of course, are specific to the installation. The assembled rack is 1 5/8” (41mm) thick. A suitable length of fastener is 3” (76mm) and ¼” (6mm) diameter.

I installed two wood racks, one for lumber and one for shelves. The mounting process went smoothly after I dealt with the devilish spacers that fit between the rack and wall. My solution was to use painter tape and tape each spacer in place. Then, before, final tightening, I removed the tape. I clamped a level on the vertical bar and that helped with the final positioning against the wall. When making the shelves, I cut them wider than the shelf space and notched each one so the shelf fit against the wall. I used my WoodPecker story guide to set the location of the notches. I used one TSO rail guide to gang cut the six shelves. I still remain amazed that this guide works so well. The last shelf  ( ¾ inch MDF) was as square as the first.

There are many options with the Port- A-Mate wood rack. Two can be mounted, one above the other on a wall. The rack can be mounted sideways with the vertical bars turned horizontal to organize lumber etc. standing on the floor.  A lip can be added to shelves and by running a dado on the lower shelf a piece can added to provide hooks on the underside of the bottom shelf. The directions include tips on mounting the rack on masonry walls, steel walls or on the wall of a metal shed or on a wood fence.

At the reasonable price-point of under $60.00, (Home Depot- More at Woodcraft and Rockler) installing the Port-A-Mate wood rack makes sense from both the materials cost and the time it takes to build a rack or shelf supports. From start to finish, I had in just short of 3 hours to put up two racks, one with 6 notched shelves. 

There is a one year manufacturer warranty:
Manufacturer: Affinity Toolworks Company
Steel Construction
Assembled Depth 12.5 inches
Assembled Height 41 inches
Color: Orange
Made in China
Price: $58.00+/- to $74.00 +/- depending on vendor

Lumber Rack


Clark Fork

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Offline duburban

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Re: Port-A-Mate PBR-001 Wood Storage Organizer Rack
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2016, 09:52 PM »
Those look great. Low profile compared to some quick DIY options.
helper: i used a festool "circular saw" to do something simple and it made it really hard

me: exactly, it makes simple cuts complicated and complicated cuts simple

Offline Max Fracas

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Re: Port-A-Mate PBR-001 Wood Storage Organizer Rack
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2016, 12:43 AM »
I bought two during a recent Woodcraft sale -- $39.99 each.  Wish I had bought another!  These replaced my home-built wood rack and gained me over 30+ square feet of floor space.  Doesn't sound like much, but in my 400 sq ft workshop it's great to have additional usable space.  As Clark pointed out, these are easy to install.  I have one mounted on the wall above my mitersaw and the other above my caster-equipped sheetgoods rack.  Good value and I'm very pleased.

Offline waterloomarc

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Re: Port-A-Mate PBR-001 Wood Storage Organizer Rack
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2016, 09:21 AM »
I picked up 2 of these at Lowes on clearance last year for $19. I have 3 of them in my shop that I use in addition to my main lumber storage. They are much more stout than you would think. Keep an eye out for sales they're almost alway $39.99 somewhere.

In general I have found portamate stuff to be pretty quality stuff.

Offline rbaker36

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Re: Port-A-Mate PBR-001 Wood Storage Organizer Rack
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 12:06 PM »
Thanks for the review and follow-up comments. I was considering purchasing two of these and now I definitely will when they go on sale.

Offline The.Handyman

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Re: Port-A-Mate PBR-001 Wood Storage Organizer Rack
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2016, 03:24 PM »
I also bought 2 kits from Lowe's when they clearance them down to $19. I have a lot of lumber and trim stacked on them. I give them 5 stars as they work great and are simple.

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