We must be doing something right in 2018 as we’ve built and installed over a dozen of these modern mantles and floating shelves in houses across Texas. From bars to newly constructed homes. We call them “modern” as they are not nearly as big and beefy as traditional mantles. Most people think of mantles as being 4-6″ thick. Problem is, this older style of a mantle is a bit obtrusive given the growing trend towards modern, contemporary interior design. Please don’t get us wrong. Our sawmill, Texas Urban Sawmill, is certainly cutting and building an inventory of 6″ mantles from the dead and fallen trees we are saving throughout Texas. We just acknowledge the contemporary appeal and minimalist look of this modern mantle style. We personally love the look of them, especially considering the effort that goes into producing genuine Texas urban lumber.
This particular native Texas mantle is 2-1/2″ thick, and we more commonly produce them at 2″ thick, especially for our floating shelf clients. This mantle was produced from a standing dead pecan tree near Uvalde, Texas that had died from the continuous drought conditions in Texas.
Another unique feature with our shelves and mantle is our unique approach to mounting. We embed a series of 3/4″ steel rods that are perfectly placed using our CNC router. We used a total of 5 of them across this 8 ft – 4 inch mantle. Yes, we tend to over engineer our work, but we’d rather error on the side of being too strong than not strong enough. So if you are looking for a mantle or floating shelves, that not only look beautiful but is able to support a lot of weight, then you’ve come to the right place!
We offer them in a variety of species, lengths, thicknesses and depths. And because they are not excessively thick, they are much more affordable than traditional mantles.