Rough Hewn Mantel Shelf (BRIGHTER-WIVES)

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Weight 70 lbs
Dimensions 62.5 × 4.75 × 10 in


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1 in stock

Product Description

9/20/2023 – Just listed. Nicely priced little piece.

Check out this unique rough hewn mantel – it’s a bit different from what we usually have. We typically aim to keep things unstained, but in this case, we went for a pretty dark stain, and it turned out fantastic for this piece. It’s got that rugged, rough hewn look both on the face and the bottom. The top’s been leveled off, making it a perfect spot for all your decorations. What’s interesting is its somewhat unusual 10-inch depth, which gives you plenty of space for your decor.

And if you take a look at the bottom, it’s got some real character with two filled mortise pockets. Those cutouts used to be where beams came together in a barn way back when. Originally, this beam was a hefty, vertical 10×10, but we sliced it in half to create this neat 5×10 size.

The dimensions make it a shelf, measuring 4.75 inches tall, 10 inches deep, and a lengthy 62.5 inches. But hey, if you need it to be a different size, we’ll customize it for you at no extra cost. This rough hewn mantel shelf is made from red oak, which gives it some beautiful grain patterns.

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

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

About the tag – Brighter Wives insist on VIM. The stereotypes cast in this 1950s and from Women’s Journal certainly would not fly in today’s world. These old ads really show how things have changed — they are a great little peak into history. Vim was a scouring powder at was a sponsor of The Lucy Show.

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.