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

8: Ready to install.

Gameboard 8

9: The mounts are set in loosely while the artwork is positioned.

Gameboard 9

10: Once it’s centered we tighten everything in place from behind.  Our system clamps the mounts firmly in place without any added pressure on the artwork.

Gameboard 10

11: Place the frame around the piece.

Gameboard 11

12: A close-up of the mounted artwork in the frame.

Gameboard 12

13: Ready for the customer!

Gameboard 13