Gorgeous Old Oak Fireplace Mantel (VACUETTE)

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Weight 140 lbs
Dimensions 66 × 7.5 × 9.5 in


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Out of stock

Product Description

Sold 09/04/2023

This mantel is absolutely stunning. While it is NOT hand-hewn, it has a wonderful amount of natural texture and cracking that really only comes with age. The cracks accentuate the character and authenticity of the wood, adding a distinct visual appeal. The warm chocolatey brown color developed over time in a barn and is not a stain. It is a natural artifact of old white oak. We apply Rubio Monocoat to bring out this great color.

The front face is free of mortise pockets. The bottom and top sides eac have one fill pocket. Originally a 10×10, the top was cut to clean up the beam. That results in a nice rectangular size of 7.5 inches tall and healthy, somewhat less common 9.5in deep. We applied ammonia to directly darken the fresh-cut surface. It is nice and flat for all of your decorations and family photos. The current length is 66 inches

This piece was from an early 1900s vintage barn near Hamburg, Minnesota. There was a wave of German immigration in the 1880s when nearly 1.5 million individuals left for the US. You can actually see ship names and passenger lists on With a little more searching, you can find images of these ships as well. Along with Hamburg, there are several other towns in the area – New Germany, Cologne, and New Ulm — all a tribute to their heritage. Local town festivals even included church services in German until about 20 years ago. Of course, beer and sausage are still very much a part of the festivities.

We can cut this mantel shorter and refinish the ends for an additional for no additional cost.

It can be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states via FedEx Gnd for $150

About the tag – Vacuette vacuum cleaners started in the 1920s. They had a wooden handle and required the owner to oil regularly. They were created by Scott & Fetzer Company which later became Kirby Vacuum. This advertisement is for the “wireless” version, but an electric version was also available.

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.