Furniture Finishers

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About the Job

Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

It is also Called

  • Wooden Furniture Polisher
  • Wood Polisher
  • Wood Grainer
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Coater
  • Wood Cabinet Finisher
  • Varnish Finisher
  • Utility Spray Operator
  • Television Cabinet Finisher
  • Stain Wiper
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What They Do

  • Brush bleaching agents on wood surfaces to restore natural color.
  • Spread graining ink over metal portions of furniture to simulate wood-grain finish.
  • Design, create, and decorate entire pieces or specific parts of furniture, such as draws for cabinets.
  • Replace or refurbish upholstery of items, using tacks, adhesives, softeners, solvents, stains, or polish.
  • Paint metal surfaces electrostatically, or by using a spray gun or other painting equipment.
  • Follow blueprints to produce specific designs.
  • Wash surfaces to prepare them for finish application.
  • Recommend woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles.
  • Confer with customers to determine furniture colors or finishes.
  • Disassemble items to prepare them for finishing, using hand tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $34,280 with most people making between $21,970 and $51,330

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,160 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,130 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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