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It is always a chore to find the chuck key on the 3 drill presses at the high school, so I made them some holders that are right in front of the operator. I added a hook so they can put the drill size checking plate on there too.
They are made from 1" maple and finished with clear lacquer.

I bored the holes out with a fly cutter to within .005" and I sanded them to size on the spindle sander. I put 3/4" dowels in the center of the scrap pieces that came out of the holes and one kid made a top out of one of them today.
Cheers, Jim

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i like this, I just put a magnet on the side of the drill press to hold my key
 

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I use a magnet but your idea looks much better Jim. Nice work!
 

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Good Idea there Jim … We could start a whole thread on how we store the chuck key …
I went to a casino some years ago and they gave me a lanyard with a recoil thingie … that thing laid around forever, then and I tied it to the drill press for a retractable chuck key holder …
 

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Cool! Leave it to a shop kid to make something neat from scraps!!

What's the piece in the 4th picture? Looks like a piece of walnut and some brass hardware.
 

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Good idea Jim. If I didn't have a spring clip that came with mine it would be on my todo list.
 

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Excellent idea Jim. I bet the kids at school can loose the key in 5 minutes. I like the drill checking plate hanging nextto it. Mine is in a drawer somewhere.
 

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Neat piece of carpentry JJ and you get an "E" for effort from me.
..... a recoil thingie … that thing laid around forever, then and I tied it to the drill press for a retractable chuck key holder …
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That is a brliant idea Grumpym'... at least that way the key never leaves the press. Any magnets and holders still let you move the key away from the drill press and of course you'll put it down where you'll never find it.
You should blog this as it is one great workshop tip… I can guarantee that many have never considered it!

I found the only foolproof way to never lose the key is to buy a keyless chuck.
I hear you all scream $$$$..... "$$$$" (in unison with a loud voice), however, put a $ value on your time and you'll find you will easily recoup the price if you cost the time(s) you waste looking for that camelion key.
 

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great idea..we have all lost one!!!
 

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I've tried the magnet and a holder thingy and still lost (misplaced) them. The only thing that works for me is a length of cord around the key and the press. It's always at the end of the rope.
 

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it's a great idea jim but the kids still gotta remember to put em in the holder,and that always seems to be the problem.i use one of those retractable magnet ones that grumpy mentioned because im like those kids-lol.
 

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Thank you all for the comments. I know there are lot of ways to hold the key, and this is what I use on all my drill presses and it is right in front of may face so I can always find it…if I put it back every time. They had been throwing the drills and the chuck keys in one drawer and everyone always had to sort out which one went with which drill press…they are all there different.

The kids have a strange way of wrecking machines in the shop. Last week one of the spindles was dropped down 6" out of the quill on the Delta drill press. I took it apart and found the top bearing and the nut and washers in the quill gone. The nut is no longer available so I had to make a 17mm x 1 mm nut and washer for the top and buy a bearing. It works great now.

Cheers, Jim
 

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You could also dip them in bright/flourescent paint to make them stand out from wood and iron.
 

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Great work Jim!!!! Chuck Keys vanish in an instant….

Cliff.
 

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Good idea!!....Although I use magnet….cheers…
 

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That's a good idea for school but for repetition I use this method. I can't imagine it working in your environment

 

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Thanks Michael, Bambi,Horus. Cliff, Ivan and Dick.

Hi Dick, I keep all my drills in a drill indexes so I can identify the size right away. I'm afraid that if I kept them on a magnet, they would retain magnetism and the chips would stick to them when I drill steel.

They have drill cases at school but none of the drills are in their place in the case..just thrown in the drawer if not left on a table somewhere.

Cheers, Jim
 
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