Becoming a Furniture Finisher
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Becoming a Furniture Finisher

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Applies finishes, such as stain, lacquer, paint, oil and varnish, to furniture, and polishes and waxes finished furniture surfaces.
Training time 36 months - 3 years
Average pay $47,344
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 200

What does a Furniture Finisher do?

  • studying drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • determining tooling and machine requirements and sequence of operations
  • setting up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding
  • operating machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces
  • removing old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping
  • applying varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishing and waxing finished surfaces
  • fitting and fastening frame pieces


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