Mounting Canvas Board in Floater Frame


MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Apr 18, 2004
I have an oil painting on flat canvas board to mount in a floater frame. The customer wants the painting to be flush with the top of the moulding which has a 1/2" flat top and is 1" deep (boxed effect). I often put stretched canvases in floaters, but how do I mount/attach a canvas board to the filler board and then the filler to the frame???

Help me! Help me! Help me! It is a RUSH order.
Instead of using a filler board why not use stretcher bar stock or 1 x 2's and attach the canvas board to that? You could then attach the package with screws thru the back of the floater frame and into the stretcher bar stock.
Good thinking, scottk; but how would I attach the stretcher bar to the canvas board? That's the big question!
How is the canvas attached to the canvas board? That may give you a clue to your answer.

It is a pre-made canvas panel from an art supply store. Next?
Glue it. This may give you a clue, also.
I ran into this issue last week. The folk art gallery across the street was preparing for a new show opening and brought me 2 oils on masonite (similar to canvas board in that they cannot be attached with screws like stretcher bars)to be framed in floaters. I was instructed by the owner to use acrylic gel medium to "glue" the panel to the stretcher bars, which are screwed to the bottom of the floater frame. He says he has used this method many times, and the dried medium can be peeled off if necessary. I am not sure this is actually the best archival method, but it worked.
Since the board covered with canvas has probably
been made with lignin-rich board, making some
compromises on perservation can be imagined.
Gluing the board to the stretcher can result in
the board warping, over time. If one adhered strips of linen tape or stirps of cloth, with the
acrylic adhesive, to the margins of the back of
the canvas, those strips can be stapled to the
stretcher, allowing the canvas to move separately
from the stretcher.

Originally posted by Baer Charlton:
Ever watched your corner samples "suicide" off the carpeted wall?
Yep! and you better believe customers are always standing close enough to be startled when the suicide dives happen. Then I explain, "oh, they do that all the time."

Hugh, thanks for your approach; sounds like a good plan to me.