Mantel Shelf from an Old Barn Floor Joist (ALKA-SELTZER)

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Weight 48 lbs
Dimensions 72 × 3 × 8 in



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Out of stock

Product Description

— SOLD to Jerry O in New York (NY) 10/31/2016 —
— We have other similar ones in raw format that could be finished quickly for you —

It is amazing what it hidden in these old barns. In the last picture, you can see a piled of wood covered in white wash. That’s how we get a lot of our wood. They use a lime mixture (think chalk) painted on the wood. This was a method approved by the USDA to keep the milking parlor of a barn clean and sanitary.  (when you are actually in these old barns, they seem anything but sanitary, but I’m sure the farmers always washed the cows and equipment well).  I can see how many people would dismiss this material as junk.

sawmill-02But underneath all of that whitewash, in this case, is white oak. We found this one floor joist that was slightly larger than average. We cleaned it up to reveal this stunning warm, brown oak. But this piece has great color, great grains, and great character. It is a really nice piece. The front is mostly clean with some interesting grains. There is a little ding about a foot from the left. Just a little testament to its original life. The top has more great grains, some ghosts of saw marks, and interesting knot with lots of movement around it. The real winner is the bottom side. It has a interesting crack running through what was once the heart of the tree — the oldest wood in the tree. In addition, there’s all kinds of tiger striping as a result of the quartersawn nature of this piece. This side also has some ghosts of the original circle saw marks from, most likely, an old portable sawmill. Back in the day (early 1900s), they would cut the lumber on-site using trees from the farmer’s lot.

Because of its small size, this beam is priced at $80/LF. We can cut the beam down to any length and reduce the price by $6.67 per inch, up to a maximum discount of $80. (i.e. $400 final price for 5ft or less).  This one can ship via FedEx Gnd. We use a flat rate of $65 for all mantels that ship via FedEx.


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.