This is what the side would eventually look like. The whole idea of the bench was to be classic and antiquated in the back (the claw foot) and modern in the front (clean line maple).
More fitting and mock-ups...
I had to make a template based on the shape of the fireplace guard. It was not easy as the fireplace guard was not symmetrical, but the bench needed to be. Clamping the round edge was no picnic either.
This got really tricky as I had to keep the legs parallel to each other and perpendicular to the bench top as I clamped the sides on. This is some serious duct tape and peanut butter stuff here, but it worked until the glue set up.
Here is the bench pre-sanded and pre-stained. Now the fun stuff starts...
I wanted the back to be black and the front to be more stained wood. I dyed the entire bench with a black aniline dye. After it dried I sanded the wood back where I did not want the black to be.
Here is the backside after the dye and first sanding.
Erik Hall, "Beast", Leather Wood Iron, 2013