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Furniture Finishers

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Confer with customers to determine furniture colors or finishes.
    • Brush, spray, or hand-rub finishing ingredients, such as paint, oil, stain, or wax, onto and into wood grain and apply lacquer or other sealers.
    • Fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, or screws.
    • Smooth, shape, and touch up surfaces to prepare them for finishing, using sandpaper, pumice stones, steel wool, chisels, sanders, or grinders.
    • Remove accessories prior to finishing, and mask areas that should not be exposed to finishing processes or substances.
    • Remove old finishes and damaged or deteriorated parts, using hand tools, stripping tools, sandpaper, steel wool, abrasives, solvents, or dip baths.
    • Recommend woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles.
    • Treat warped or stained surfaces to restore original contours and colors.
    • Select appropriate finishing ingredients such as paint, stain, lacquer, shellac, or varnish, depending on factors such as wood hardness and surface type.
    • Mix finish ingredients to obtain desired colors or shades.
    • Wash surfaces to prepare them for finish application.
    • Remove excess solvent, using cloths soaked in paint thinner.
    • Follow blueprints to produce specific designs.
    • Paint metal surfaces electrostatically, or by using a spray gun or other painting equipment.
    • Examine furniture to determine the extent of damage or deterioration, and to decide on the best method for repair or restoration.
    • Distress surfaces with woodworking tools or abrasives before staining to create an antique appearance, or rub surfaces to bring out highlights and shadings.
    • Stencil, gild, emboss, mark, or paint designs or borders to reproduce the original appearance of restored pieces, or to decorate new pieces.
    • Disassemble items to prepare them for finishing, using hand tools.
    • Replace or refurbish upholstery of items, using tacks, adhesives, softeners, solvents, stains, or polish.
    • Design, create, and decorate entire pieces or specific parts of furniture, such as draws for cabinets.
    • Spread graining ink over metal portions of furniture to simulate wood-grain finish.
    • Brush bleaching agents on wood surfaces to restore natural color.

    Skills

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 32120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 15.44/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,040
    • Yearly Projected Openings 120

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    • Independence
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Rubber mallet
    • Respirators
    • Paint sprayers
    • Paint mixers
    • Paint brushes

    Technology

    • Internet browser software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software

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