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  • #31
    I use a rectangular neodymium magnet I scrapped out of an ebike BLDC motor. My tailstock chuck key (dunno size, has ~0.2" pilot tip) sits nicely right on its pilot tip. Put it up high so it's not in the line of fire with chips. I did the same for my lathe chuck key, but it was too close to the chip spray, so I replaced it with a simple piece of acrylic that fits the OD of the square and doesn't magnetize the key.
    -paul

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    • #32
      A couple of cabinet door magnets attached to the belt guard where chips don't go. Remove the key from the chuck, raise your arm a little and hang the key between the mags. Make the practice a habit and you will never have to search for your key.
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      “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

      Lewis Grizzard

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      • #33
        Another vote for the magnet. I have them for the drill press and Lathe. Old hard drive magnets are my first choice, small and they are already on a bracket. Finding a magnet and mounting it, simple. Training an old dog a new trick, well after thirty years I still wander off with a key now and then.

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        • #34
          you guys are so high tech. I keep mine in a slot in the table
          in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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