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.