> I need to cut a "taper" on a piece of pine. It measures 3/4x1, about
> long. I need to cut 3/16 at the top down to 1/16 at the bottom.
This is a natural for a scarfing jig, assuming you have either a router
or a plane, either powered or hand.
For this job, I would stay away from a table saw for safety reasons.
Take a look at the home made scarfing jig shown in Fred Bingham's book,
Practical Yacht Joinery.
SFWIW, I have a 12:1 scarf jig made from 3/4 ply, hanging in my shed.