full time metal fabricator/artist

Drill press chuck customization

One of my business partners scored this Jet drill press off Craigslist for one hundred dollars for my shop, that’s a screaming deal.

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While installing this drill press I discovered the chuck key was for a 1/4″ chuck, the chuck on this drill press is 11/16″ that’s a pretty noticeable difference.

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I found a universal chuck key that had an 11/16″ head on it for under five dollars and free shipping on EBay, after the chuck key arrived in the mail, I knew immidiately there wasn’t enough handle on this key to get adequate torque on the drill press chuck.

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So I decided to lop off the other keys and.give this thing a REAL handle.

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After using a right angle cutting disc to remove the keys, I ground the edges smooth then wire wheeled the key so it’s smooth to the touch.
After holding a sharpie up to the drill press as a mock up handle, I decided 4.5″ was the perfect length, so I grabbed a piece of 3/8″ bar stock and cut off a piece to size, I then found a couple extra nuts around and decided they’d be perfect slide stops. I used a magnet to hold the pieces in place, and welded to end caps on.

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Here’s what it looks like after being cleaned up on the wire wheel.

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And finally to grab one of my neodymium magnets to keep the key in place instead of needing a slot or string, this magnet is really strong, this key won’t fall even under heavy use.

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Thanks for reading.
More to come.

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