Magnetic Chuck Key Holder for Drill Press

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Introduction: Magnetic Chuck Key Holder for Drill Press

If you don't have a specific spot for them, drill chuck keys tend to disappear, because every shop user has a different theory on where they should best be stored. I've seen chuck keys stored in the chuck, left in their slot in the chuck (What a terrible idea! Would you do this on a lathe? No! So, don't do it on a drill press either!), tied to the drill press with string or chain, left in a drawer among the drill bits, or just plain missing.

Magnets to the rescue! Smack a couple of rare earth magnets on the drill press and safely hang the chuck key. Magnets have this tendency to make people smile, so every time someone needs to use the chuck key and finds it magnetically hanging right in front of them, they'll be happy. This feeling of happiness will remind them to return the chuck key and continue the cycle of happiness.

Now, if only we could get the same thing to happen with vacuuming up the chips on the drill press...

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    I attach square, phillips and slot screwdriver bits to my cordless drill with opoxied super magnets. That way if I am up a ladder with a screw I always have the bit I need

    Another thing you can do with a magnet on your cordless handle is to dip it into a box of screws and it pulls dozens of them them out, ready to use.
    Generally they even stick out ready for you to grab with your fingers.

    i already thought to do this before i even saw this.....

    This guy has a PhD from MIT, and all he could come up with is a long stringer of tiny magnets? Geez Louise!

    I am using magnets for holding chuck keys, blades, small knives, bike kyes and lot more with success.

    youre my hero i always lose my chuck key

    or, instead of a string of rare earth magnets. Try one or two hard drive magnets. those things ROCK.

    Haha, a week ago I stuck a magnet to the press for this very reason.

    Well, it's my dads really. It's an old one, but very good, powerful and fast. It still runs smoother then it was new.

    our teacher drilled a hole in the chuck key, and riveted it to a chain, the switch requires the chuck key to turn on so you must take the key out of the chuck before it runs