|Forum topic by Kelly||posted 03-16-2014 12:52 AM||630 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-16-2014 12:52 AM
I’ve tried everything under the sun for storing my drill press chucks. This latest method seems to work well:
I started using rare earth magnets for various tasks and projects a while back. For those not familiar with them, they are far more powerful than the ones most of us grew up with. Some hold downs use them and they turn off and on with the turn of a knob. When on, the set I have are good for around seventy pounds pull, but you can get even stronger.
For my drill press chuck, I just placed a 1/2” magnet on the center of my height adjustment wheel. Because it has more mass than the key, it stays there when I pull the chuck key off. Now, when I want the key, I just reach to the center hub, tighten or loosen the chuck, then hold it near the magnet, and it grabs it with at least five pounds of force.
Because the magnet is only 1/2” diameter, I cut out some washers to act as shims, then laid a large, light weight, metal disk over them and the magnet grabs and disk make an easy target.