Streaked White Oak Mantel Shelf (FLY-TO-CHICAGO)

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Weight 38 lbs
Dimensions 53.75 × 2.5 × 7 in




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Mantel Type



Out of stock

Product Description

Sold to Josh in Annadale, Virginia

Sold 10/28/2018 to Josh in Annadale, VA
We have many other options not shown here. Please send email to for a links to more.

This mantel may be little, but she’s got a special, beautiful look to her. This wonderful variation of color is what real, reclaimed wood is all about. White oak starts out as this wheatish tan, but the outside quarter inch or so darkens into these warm, saddle and coffee browns over time. This trait is most pronounced in white oak. As we work through the darken patina layer, we expose the lighter wood again. With the right stick of wood and doing the work just right, we can reveal a piece like this. Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.

This piece was a floor joist in a barn. On its edge, it supported the enormous weight of hay stacked to the ceiling. It was covered in whitewash because it also sat in the milking parlor in the floor below. They covered all of the wood in a lime mixture to keep sanitary conditions. It’s pretty amazing to see a before and after picture. (something like the very last pictures in the set). And to think, a decade ago when we started, most people just called this junk.

The original beam came from an old barn in Southwest Wisconsin. It probably dated back to the late 1800s or early 1900s. We purchased this wood from an Amish gentleman who lives out in the rolling hills of the area. That area is still dotted with small farms where the cows and other livestock wander out in the corrals. It’s not like the modern farms that we see by our place in Minnesota with hundreds of cows stuffed in a tin building. It is great to see agriculture the way that I remember it as a kid.

This mantel is 54 inches long and is priced at $85/LF which normally runs $380. This piece is on sale for $325. Shipping will run $75 via FedEx Gnd.

About the tag – Fly to Chicago on Northwest Orient Airlines. This newspaper advertisement is from the 1950s, maybe late 1940s. It sports a drawing of a DC-3 – the plane that revolutionized consumer air travel. Gotta love the phone number PARKER 6621. Imagine just 5 digits for the whole of Minneapolis.

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.