Never-Lose-It Chuck Key
Attach a spring-loaded key holder to your drill press so the chuck key is always at the ready and impossible to lose.
Faithful reader Glenn Kirkpatrick sent us this great tip. Attach a spring-loaded key holder to your drill press so the chuck key is always at the ready and impossible to lose. Most key holders come with 20 in. of retractable line with a ring on the end. Link the line and chuck key with a rubber key holder ($1 at a hardware store) or a few wraps of electrical tape.
Attach the key holder to the drill press housing with metal epoxy, or, if your drill has a plastic cowl over the quill, remove it and drill a hole in the cowl and then bolt on the key holder.
NOTE: Check for clearance between the key holder and the drill’s handle-crank or other movable parts before attaching the key holder to the drill press. AND ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE KEY IS REMOVED FROM THE CHUCK BEFORE TURNING ON THE DRILL PRESS.