Custom Walnut Mantel with Returns (Mike)

Additional information

Weight 54 lbs
Dimensions 68 × 4.5 × 8 in


Size Category:     




Available on backorder

Product Description

We can build custom walnut mantels to your unique specifications.

Incredibly stunning custom walnut mantel with a textured walnut inlay. I actually hesitate to show this one because the wood is so unique with wonderful woodgrains. Not all pieces are quite this nice. We work with small local sawmills to get wood with more character rather than Grade A select material that can be a little too boring and clean for our taste. We like that good character around here. Walnut continues to be the go-to wood for classic natural elegance. It is rich and dark with beautiful wood grains.

Our walnut mantels with textured inlays are comprised of a pair of modern walnut 2-by pieces with a texture walnut inlay. By using 2-by material, we can be assured that the wood is properly dried so that there are no surprise cracks, twists, or other misbehavior in the wood in the future. We use Douglas Fir behind the textured face to create a fully solid (not hollow) beam. Interestingly enough, Douglas Fir and Walnut have very similar expansion and contraction properties, so they work well together.

This particular mantel was a custom mantel job for a customer. It has a typical 8in deep beam-like front section, with smaller, roughly 2×2 returns that wrap around the fireplace and go back to the wall. In the pictures, you can see a typical drawing and how we work with our customers. We can craft a mantel like this with or without returns.

From 1,300 miles away, the customer says, “I got the mantel yesterday and finished the install this morning.  It looks amazing.  I am so pleased with how it fits and looks, there is no more than an 1/8th of an inch gap!  You did such a professional job.   I will be letting everyone who asks that you built it for me.”

This exact mantel has been sold. A walnut mantel like this costs $175 per linear foot (LF).  The returns that wrap around the fireplace and return to the wall run another $150. These can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $175. We package like crazy and insure the shipments so there are no worries.

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.