Stained Red Oak Fireplace Barn Beam Mantel (DRAGGLE-TOP)

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Weight 82 lbs
Dimensions 73 × 6 × 8 in




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Out of stock

Product Description

–SOLD to ERIN in California.  12/14/2016–
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This barn beam mantel is full of character. It has 2 original mortise pockets with original pegs running from top to bottom. The top was slightly rotten on this one, so we cut the 8×8 down to a 6×8. This one is Red Oak rather than the White Oak that we frequently use. It turns out that white oak has much tighter grains and has far better rot resistance than red oak. We’re always a little gun-shy about red oak because we don’t know what we will run into. Sometimes we just have to pitch the entire beam. On this beam, we were in luck. It is full of neat character and color. We used an old fashion staining technique to enrich the color and yet preserve the variable color patina that the wood develops over time.

This mantel beam came from a early 1900s vintage barn between Norwood, MN and Green Isle, MN. About 40 miles SW of Minneapolis downtown. This is the beginning of farm country. The soil here is rich and black and runs black as deep as three feet. This was the Western edge of the Big Woods, if you are familiar with the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

This beam is priced at $100/LF. We can cut the beam down to any length and reduce the price by $8.33 per inch, up to a maximum discount of $100. We can ship this one via FedEx Gnd. We use a flat rate of $65 for all mantels that ship via FedEx. If you’d like it cut down, please contact us at or call 888-226-5370.

The Tag – I Banished Draggle-Top. I think this add was from the 1950s; although it looks like the 1940s to me. I suppose draggle-top was the old equivalent for “hat-hair” and the like today. The web is great. You can even find old bottles of Sur-Lay still around and for sale.

More Mantel Inventory

You can shop some available mantel beams and thinner mantel shelves on this website. 

However, our website here only contains a small number of all of the mantels that we have in stock.
We are literally a mom-and-pop shop that does lots of custom work. We often just don’t quite find enough time to update this website regularly.
We have nearly 150 finished mantels and another 500 or so unfinished pieces in stock at any time that can be viewed with other links. 

We also do lots of custom work. If we understand what you are seeking, we can find and create that magic piece.

Please contact us for a full list and personal recommendations. We’re happy to chat and find a great piece for you.

We work with a great local blacksmith to add metal straps and other ornamentation to our mantels. He is the real deal — coal forged and hand hammered. The metalwork has great color and tight fit. Nothing machined. We can start with a finished mantel you find on our site, or we can start with raw stock for more options.

Here are a few examples of the hundreds that we have crafted over the years. We can work together to create something unique. You can also browse our Mantels with Metalwork page.

Mantel with metal rings  Fireplace Mantel with Metal Cross 

In most cases, no special and expensive brackets are required — just some lag screws. The different approaches outlined are very strong, simple, and economical. Take a look at our mantel installation tips.

Contact us via email at or call 612-281-9330.