Self-Winding Leash for Wandering Chuck Keys

Self-Winding Leash
Never lose your drill press chuck key again with this handy tip.

I got tired of hunting for my drill press's chuck key, so I gave it a permanent home. I drilled a 5/8" hole near the top of the column. Next, I slipped a dozen or so 1/4" nuts over a 24" length of sash chain, using a cotter pin as a stop for the nuts. Finally, I attached the other end of the chain to the chuck key with a key ring, and then dropped the chain and nuts into the hole.

- David Schneider, Kitchener, Ont.

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