A male furniture finisher applies varnish to a wooden table top

Furniture Finisher

Furniture Finishers apply finishes, such as stain, lacquer, paint, oil and varnish, to furniture, and polish and wax finished furniture surfaces.

Overview

Furniture Finishers apply finishes, such as stain, lacquer, paint, oil and varnish, to furniture, and polish and wax finished furniture surfaces.

Day-to-day

  • studies drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • determines tool and machine requirements and sequence of operations
  • sets up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding
  • operates machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces
  • removes old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping
  • applies varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishes and waxes finished surfaces.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

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