Furniture polishers polish timber furniture and musical instruments by hand or machine to give them a protective and attractive finish. They also apply polyurethane-based finishes for flat panel products, such as kitchen doors and panels.
Duties & Tasks
Furniture polishers may perform the following tasks:read and interpret work documentsestimate job costsdismantle and reassemble furnitureremove old finishes by stripping, scraping, sanding or applying solvents or paint strippersmix and apply stains and paint to timber and other surfacesspray on lacquers, varnish and two-pack finishespolish with French polish, wax or lacquerapply graining and decorative finishesmake minor repairs to damaged furnitureset up, operate and maintain mechanical coating and other furniture finishing tools and machinery.
Furniture polishers work in workshops, which may be noisy due to the operation of industrial machines and tools. They usually stand for most of the day and wear protective masks as some lacquers give off strong fumes.
- enjoy practical and manual activities able to cope with the physical demands of the job normal colour vision good hand-eye coordination patient able to pay attention to detail good communication skills able to work independently and in a team free from allergies to the solvents, varnishes and other materials used.