Streaked White Oak Mantel Shelf – Great Character (ROYAL CROWN)

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Weight 30 lbs
Dimensions 60 × 2.5 × 6.5 in




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SOLD to John M in Tallahassee, FL

Sold 12/17/2018 to John M in Tallahassee, FL
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Here’s a gorgeous, naturally streaked, white oak fireplace mantel shelf with lots of character. White oak starts out as a wheatish tan but can become nearly java black in a barn environment. Because this was a sill timber, it was very rotten and rough looking to start (see pictures). However, because it is white oak, there was some solid wood hidden underneath. We removed an inch or two of rot off of both the top and the bottom of this beam. This revealed some wonderful streaked color on the top side. The bottom side became pretty clean except for that one patch. We could darken this side with just a skosh to blend it with the face and top. Perhaps we have the top and bottom flip-flopped. This mantel might work better with the clean side up (and less visible).

Of course, the front face is where all the action is. Much of the front face has rotted away. We chiseled, dug, brushed, and sanded and then we chiseled, dug, brushed, and sanded some more. The result is this great texture and color variation.

sawmill-smAs mentioned, this particular piece was a sill timber from an old barn. It was a big beam that rested on the cement or stone wall foundation upon which they built the rest of the barn. You can imagine it was pretty wet right near the ground. They used white oak for sill timbers and fence posts back in the day because it has a good natural rot resistance. The wood was probably sawn on-site with a mill somewhat like the one pictured.

This mantel beam came from an early 1900s vintage barn between Waconia, MN and Cologne, MN. About 40 miles SW of Minneapolis downtown. This is the beginning of modern farm country West of the Twin Cities. 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 mantel beam is priced at $100 per LF at 60 inches. We can cut to any size, but the price on this one is firm. It can be shipped via FedEx Gnd for $75. If you’d like it cut down, please contact us at or call 612-281-9330.

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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.