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Furniture finishers and refinishers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 9534

Furniture finishers finish new wood or metal furniture to specified colour and finish. They are employed in furniture manufacturing plants, retail furniture stores or refinishing and repair shops. Furniture refinishers refinish repaired, used or old furniture. They are employed in furniture refinishing and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Furniture finishers and refinishers

Furniture finishers
  • Set up and operate finishing machines or finish furniture by hand
  • Stain or finish wood to specified colour with stains, paints or other materials using brush or spray gun
  • Apply toners, highlights, glazes or shaders to obtain desired finish
  • Apply lacquer or other sealers
  • Decorate wood surfaces or mark surfaces to create antique or other effects using hand and power tools
  • Clean and polish furniture
  • Sand metal furniture to prepare for finish and spray with paint or other materials.
Furniture refinishers
  • Strip old finish from wood surfaces using steel wool, sandpaper and solvents
  • Smooth gouges with wood filler and sand wood
  • Match colours to obtain original finish and apply appropriate finish to stripped wood
  • Polish and wax refinished surfaces
  • Sand or grind metal surfaces to prepare for coating, and paint metal surfaces using electrostatic method, spray gun or other painting equipment
  • Make minor repairs to furniture
  • May perform duties of furniture finisher.

Working Conditions for Furniture finishers and refinishers

Work is performed indoors, where safety precautions are followed to prevent injury from airborne particles, power tools, and chemical contact with eyes.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Antiquer - Furniture Finishing
  • Decorator - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Finisher - Furniture Finishing
  • Finishing Machine Operator - Furniture Manufacturing
  • Frame Moulding Finisher - Furniture Manufacturing
  • Frame Moulding Painter - Furniture Manufacturing
  • Furniture Buffer - Furniture Finishing
  • Furniture Decorator - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Furniture Enameller
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Furniture Finisher And Repairer
  • Furniture Finishing Decorator
  • Furniture Finishing Varnisher
  • Furniture Polisher - Furniture Finishing
  • Furniture Refinisher
  • Furniture Refinishing Varnisher
  • Furniture Reproducer
  • Furniture Stainer
  • Furniture Stripper
  • Furniture Varnisher
  • Furniture-finishing Machine Operator
  • Grainer - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Matcher - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Metal Furniture Repairer
  • Ornamenter - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Painter-finisher - Furniture Finishing
  • Piano And Organ Finisher
  • Piano And Organ Refinisher
  • Polisher, Wooden Furniture - Furniture Finishing
  • Satin Finisher - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Shader - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Shellac Sprayers - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Spray Stainer - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Sprayer, Rough Shellac - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Touch-up Person - Furniture Finishing
  • Touch-up Worker - Furniture Finishing
  • Trimmer - Furniture Finishing
  • Wash-off Operator - Furniture Finishing
  • Whitener - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Wood Finisher - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Wood Grainer - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing
  • Finishing Machine Operator - Furniture Manufacturing
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Furniture Polisher - Furniture Finishing
  • Furniture Refinisher
  • Furniture Stainer
  • Furniture Stripper
  • Touch-up Person - Furniture Finishing
  • Trimmer - Furniture Finishing
  • Wash-off Operator - Furniture Finishing
  • Wood Finisher - Furniture Finishing And Refinishing