Introduction: Magic Drill Chuck
Runner Up in the
Workshop Hacks Challenge 2017
In this Workshop Hack Instructable, I'll show you one of the greatest things to do with old hard drive magnets. This is a simple hack that means you will always have somewhere to keep the chuck for your drill press and it also doubles for a place to keep your drill bits when you are swapping them out.It is super simple and does not deserve more than one page.
Step 1: Drill + Magnet = Magic Chuck Key
Lets start by saying that this Instructable may not be a necessity however having done this for several years, I HATE it when I go to the local woodworking guild and find the chuck is tied onto the drill with some old wire. It just pisses me off to no end now that I have this little luxury on my three drill presses.
- Old hard drive or spare strong magnets
- Hatred of losing drill chucks
- Drill press....with chuck
Step 1: Get magnets from old hard drive: Instead of re-writing work that other community members have done, here is a good little Instructable showing you how to disassemble an old hard drive to get the strong-as-buggary magnets out: Computer Hard Drive Dissassembly (courtesy of nurdee1) Note: I didn't bother to remove the magnet from its mounting bracket. I just used it as it came out of the drive.
Step 2: Walk up to your drill press, open the lid and put the magnet on the inside as shown in the pictures.
Step 3: Close the lid and stick the drill chuck on the outside of the cover.
Step 4: Get beer. Open. Drink. Marvel at yourself.
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