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The Franklin natural wood mantel shelf is crafted from Asian choi, a hardwood used in furniture and construction. Choi is an Asian fruiting tree called Pandanus, commonly known as screwpine because of its twisting, corkscrew branches. This durable wood, light yellow and fine-grained, absorbs stain easily and is similar to American white oak in that regard. Reeded molding and graceful corbels give the Franklin mantel stately charm.

Stain your unfinished mantel with a dark walnut or fruitwood tint for a rich look. If you prefer a to paint rather than stain your mantel, choose a color or complement your molding or the decor in your room. If you prefer a cherry stain, choose our #70 distressed cherry finish and there’s no staining or painting required! Your Franklin mantel shelf will arrive ready to hang, adding warmth and beauty to your fireplace. The Franklin Fireplace Shelf has a depth of 10” which makes it perfect for displaying pictures and accessories.

Easy to install, this natural wood mantel comes with mitered hanger board assembly.

Choose a distressed cherry finish at an additional charge or choose unfinished if you prefer to stain or paint it yourself. (Light sanding is recommended before stain or paint is applied.)

Simple to install and more affordable than a full mantel surround, this real wood, traditional fireplace mantel will enhance your fireplace for years to come.

Features at a glance:

  • Ten inch shelf depth allows plenty of display room.
  • Choi - Asian Hardwood mantel shelf.
  • Available in Unfinished. or in No. 70 Distressed Cherry at additional cost.
  • Paint and stain grade.

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Franklin Distressed Cherry Mantel

The Asian Hardwood Choi is a light colored tight grained wood which is similar in grain character to American White Oak and takes paint and stain beautifully.

Mitered hanger board assembly included for easy installation. Weight: 46 pounds.

Light sanding and filling is recommended before paint or stain is applied. 


Shelf Specifications
The Franklin Fireplace Shelf416-60416-72
Available FinishUnfinished or 
No. 70 Distressed Cherry
Unfinished or 
No. 70 Distressed Cherry
Top Shelf Length:60"72"
Top Shelf Depth:10"10"
Bottom Base Length:48.5"60.5"
Bottom Base Depth:5.375"5.375"
Distance b/t Corbels:40"52"


Available in No. 70 Distressed Cherry at additional cost. Finish colors and distressing may vary from photos as each mantel is unique.

Cherry Distressed #70

Installation Suggestions:

Mitered hanger board assembly included for easy installation.

Use the hanger board included in the box. The type of hardware (not included) you will use for mounting your hanger board will depend on the medium your mantel or shelf will be attached to (i.e. brick, stone,tile, drywall...). 

The hanger board is only a suggested method. Your may also have additional methods for mounting your mantel or shelf

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Customer Reviews

The Franklin Fireplace Shelf Review by TOMS CORNER.....Staff
TOM'S CORNER........Hey!!!......Thanks for visiting Tom's Corner. When you think of The Franklin Shelf, images of Ben Franklin and The City of Brotherly Love , Philadelphia come to mind. This handcrafted mantel shelf offers all the qualities of a full sized mantel minus the legs. Two sizes offering paint or stain application (stain cherry distressed #70 at additional cost available) Shipped with corbels and rosettes then finished with reeded casing in the breast area would make Ben Franklin proud.
I hope this helps you in your mantel decision, however should you have any question please dont hesitate to call one of our reps at 800-897-7175 and we will be glad to assist you. Thanks........................................Tom (Posted on 7/21/2014)