Here are the two squares I use the most in my shop, a speed square and a mini machinist square. I thought I would combine the two and that's how I came up with the idea for a mini speed square.
To make the square I cut a piece of maple to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
This can be used for the triangle and the lip.
I made a few of these so I used different types of wood. To cut the triangle I used my table saw sled and my speed square. I just held the piece firmly and cut a few triangles.
For the lip for the square I cut small strips 2 1/2" in length. I then glued them to the triangle.
Although it was not necessary I wanted to add a triangle in the middle, this can be used for sliding the square along a piece of wood and produce a straight line parallel to the edge. The inner triangle is 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch from the edge.
I drilled three holes and then carefully chiseled out a triangle in the middle of the piece.
Here I am testing the square for accuracy.
The square can be used as a guide for a jigsaw, the saw will cut accurately 90 deg and 45 deg as I show in the video.
I made a tool caddy for my work bench for easy access to most of the tools I use frequently. This made good sense since I am forever reaching for my tools in different tool cases and then putting them back.
Start by cutting the ends from a piece of solid oak. I still have some hardwood flooring left over so that is what I will use.
For the body three pieces of 2x4 around 9" in length are stacked together but not glued yet. Using a spacer for the middle block I tested the ends to see what looked best.
When I saw what I liked I used Titebond , glued and clamped the body for a couple hours.
Pattern of the ends.
To make a nice shape on the ends I first cut some angles with the band saw and then sanded on the belt sander. I find this way easier than to set up my table saw.
For the curves I first used a Forstner bit then bandsaw and cleaned up with router and some sanding.
The ends are now ready to be put on. I drilled three holes on each end and with wood screws screwed one into each 2x4.
I laid out my tools and with my marking gauge marked where I needed to drill. This way everything stays in line and looks neat.
I drilled the holes paying close attention to the diameter and depth for each individual tool.
Tool Caddy finished and sits neatly on my work bench ready to use.