18 - Making a Tumbling Block Cribbage Board
I cut the diamonds for the corners by marking where I think the line should be. I tilt the table of the Foot Powered table saw to a 30° angle, and make the cut. You have to get your fingers kind of close to the blade at this point. If you keep your finger away from the blade 1/16th of an inch the blade will never cut you. I do figure that I have an advantage here in that IF I hit my finger, -- my feet will stop. (Although that theory has never been tested.)
I do want to point out something here; you can see that I have closed up the gap that is on each side of the saw blade. I did this by making a thin piece of wood the size of the hole, the same thickness as the top plate and then gluing another thin piece over that to the bottom of the plate. Then you just turn on the saw and raise the blade with the table flat and at any angle that you will be using, like 22 ½° and 30°. This way there will not be a gap for the piece to be sucked down into, pulling your finger along with it.