Framing an Antique Game Board

So much of what we do here at A Street Frames is more complicated than just framing.  We recently completed a project that required us to devise a way to frame an antique game board for one of our best New York clients. The challenge was to display the piece in a floater frame without using any screws, glue, or glazing, and to do it in such a way that it was completely archival (and therefore reversible).  Follow along with us through the careful process of designing and building a frame to display this cherished object.


1: We are given an antique wooden game board.  The customer would like it mounted in a floater frame without any screws or glue so it will be completely reversible.

2: The backing board is prepared for the artwork by marking the placement of the mounts.

Gameboard 2


3: Brass rod is first prepared by threading one end.

Gameboard 3

4: Tools for measuring the contour of the artwork and bending the rod ensure perfectly shaped mounts.

Gameboard 4

5: Specialized hand tools help fine tune the work.

Gameboard 5

6: One done, several more to go.

Gameboard 6

7: Protective skin is applied to the brass with polypropylene tubing and a heat gun.

Gameboard 7