How to Turn
a Reclaimed Wood Beam
into a Breathtaking
Fireplace Mantel


Here at Old Fashioned Lumber, we make live edge mantels from reclaimed wood beams from the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. With a piece this unique, your fireplace is guaranteed to be the envy of all your neighbors


Our custom mantels will give your home a distinctive character and increase its long-term value. Come visit our shop in San Diego to meet our craftsman, look for ideas, and to become a part of the whole experience.


A reclaimed wood fireplace mantel is a showpiece with the power to bring the entire room together because of its uniqueness and character. Old Fashioned Lumber has a limited number of reclaimed wood beams from iconic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. These beams with their striking live edge details are being artistically crafted into mantels. These one-of-a-kind pieces are exclusively made by us to bring the crown jewel of San Diego into your home.

For centuries families have gathered around the fireplace to share stories, celebrate Holidays, and make memories. Our unique custom mantels will:
•Provide a unique experience for you and your family
•Become the showpiece guests won’t stop talking about
•Increase the long-term value of your investment
•Make memories that last a lifetime


Over 130 years young, The Del celebrates its rich history as the proud host to celebrities, royalty, U.S. Presidents, and beach-loving guests for generations. In the 1920s, Hollywood’s stars made their way south to during the era of Prohibition. Celebrities such as Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Mae West, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Ginger Rogers all made their way to The Del.

Since 2021, Old Fashioned Lumber has been commissioned to work on a variety of projects which include turning unique reclaimed wood beams from The Del into breathtaking fireplace mantels.

Bring unique character and warmth into your home by remodeling with a fireplace mantel shelf that over 100 years. With their artisan accents, these hand-hewn fireplace mantels showcase the craftsmanship that went into the original construction of the hotel. Carved using a broad axe, this reclaimed hotel beam would be a true rustic fireplace mantel in your home or place of work. We custom these solid wood timbers to your specific dimensions and apply the right finish to complement its final resting place.
Milled over a century ago, some of our reclaimed wood mantels were rough-sawn and still show their distinctive circular marks. Commonly used as structural timbers, these wood mantels have a more even surface. Notch pockets, natural checking, weathered grain, saw marks and nail holes, guarantee your reclaimed wood mantel is one-of-a-kind.



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  • Before driving to our workshop, obtain the dimensions of the mantel you want 

  • Meet with team to define style and hand select a reclaimed beam based on the character and features of the wood

  • Communicate with client at every stage for full satisfaction


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  • Cut, sand, clean, shape, and work on live edge. Beam must be planed and joined to square the back of the mantle allowing it to sit flush against the wall

  • Remove all foreign materials by hand

  • Design and manufacture the optimum mounting option


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  • Consult with client on what palette to use, approve stain, and decide on final color

  • Apply protective ECO finish and add sheen

  • Asses what side displays the ideal character to be the front face of the mantle

  • Deliver to final destination


At Old Fashioned Lumber, we work with locally sourced reclaimed wood to create custom live edge furniture. We believe in sustainability and our process adheres to Green Building, Living Building, and LEED standards.

  • We begin with the harvesting, milling and drying processes. Many of our building materials come from timber reclaimed from historic buildings and piers. Gifted to us by nature and refined here in the heart of San Diego, our products are sustainably sourced from throughout the United States.
  • We then invite you to come to our shop to look for ideas from a variety of wood types, stains, meet our craftsman, and become part of the experience. Our team then designs, and hand makes your custom rustic furniture out of reclaimed wood.
  • Finally, we deliver your one-of-a-kind live edge wood piece to your office or home, help you install it, and provide 24/7 customer service every step of the way.


Donald Woodard and his team at OFL made our Hotel Del Mantel purchase a unique experience. We felt our input mattered every step of the way, and more than exceeded our expectations.
David W
Founder, 1marketingidea
They work with a variety of materials, including Wood, Metal, Resin, and Reclaimed Materials. If you have an idea, they can make it happen. Highly recommend checking them out for your next project.
Nancy K
Commercial Interior Designer
The owner Don is amazing! He is so knowledgeable about wood and helped me design my perfect desk/dining table. His shop can fabricate anything! I guarantee you will find what you need.
Eric C
Designer, Homes of San Diego

Frequently asked questions

A typical mantel depth is 6 to 7 inches. This allows you to place decorative items on the mantel top. A mantel with a smaller depth may lose its presence and be disproportional to the fireplace. The depth of the mantel shouldn’t be too deep, however, since heat can become trapped and damage the mantel.

A mantel should extend a minimum of 3 inches beyond the firebox opening. If the fireplace has facing around the opening, the mantel can also extend 3 or more inches beyond that. Do not guess when sizing the mantel to a room, or the mantel could wind up being too long or too short.

The National Fire Code dictates that any combustible material (e.g., wood mantel or similar trim) must be at least six inches from the firebox opening. An additional inch of clearance is needed for every 1/8 inch the combustible material or trim protrudes.

Typical lead time is 7-12 business days, that depends on complexity of design and finishing.

Yes, you will need few tools: level, stud finder, drill, measuring tape & and 3″ screws.

We will provide with necessary bracket, to install a floating mantel. 

Once your mantel is finished. We contact you to schedule a pick up.

Or we can drop off mantel at your location, for a delivery fee.

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