Ultimate Drill Press Chuck Keys

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Project by Bricofleur posted 1202 days ago 3092 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve found a simple yet very effective way to give “muscle” to my drill presses chuck keys. No more sore nuckles! No more loose drill bits!

Simply drill an appropriate diameter hole in a dowel (or a broom stick as I did) and drive in the chuck key. If loose, add epoxy. On mine, I didn’t need epoxy since they were tight enough. Be carefull not to split your stick or dowel when driving in the key. You may wrap a radiator hose clip around to prevent splitting (or repare any splitting!). Note on the attached photo that I added a piece of bicycle inner tube to soften the grip.

They work great! Also available on my website on this page.

Happy New Year to all! I wish everyone health, happiness and all expected inspirations for your projects from here at LJ’s (“the” source).



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#1 posted 1202 days ago

good one Serge. I’m going to make some up tomorrow.

Thanks for taking time to post.

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#2 posted 1202 days ago

Arthritis patient to doc: I need medication for my wrist problem.
Doc: No, you don’t. You only need to consult with Serge for a good cure. Here’s your referral slip.

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#3 posted 1202 days ago

The innertube is a nice idea!

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#4 posted 1202 days ago

Thank you Serge. That’s another excellent idea.
You have been the source of many of the best shop innovations, from large to small.
Happy New Year.

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#5 posted 1202 days ago

@Autumn: This is how I treated the locking lever of my drill press table with an appropriate size steel pipe jammed on the original handle, then wrapped with hockey (fabric athletic) tape. What an improvement. And I’m not afraid the lever will brake off. $1.50 at my local hardware store.

Thanks, good ideas must be shared, here.



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#6 posted 1202 days ago

Just a great idea to a all to common problem many of us face

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#7 posted 1202 days ago

That is a great idea.

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#8 posted 1201 days ago

Another fine idea.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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