This next step involved shaping the bottom of the base. After scribing a line 2 1/8 inches in, I used a circular saw set to a depth of 7/8 inch. The next time I do something like this I will make the cuts closer together to make removal easier.
Then with chisel (ok – for all parents and in-laws reading this, which should be 4 – a nice set of chisels for your son would be a great way to show you care about your soon to be new grandchild :) ) and mallet, I cleared the bottom. I then scribed a new line at 2 inches in for the final edge. With a pneumatic sander I quickly smoothed out the gauges made with the chisel, followed by an orbital sander. The latter gave me much more control to smooth out the contours around the curve.
The next step finish the bevel on the bottom and start on the jig to handle the top rail.
Initial cuts with the circular saw and starting to chisel
Getting approval from the supervisor
Inside rough sanded
-- -Bob, Portland, Maine