Shapes, finishes, and refinishes damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.
A person in this career:
- Mixes finish ingredients to obtain desired colors or shades.
- Brushes, sprays, or hand-rubs finishing ingredients, such as paint, oil, stain, or wax, onto and into wood grain and applies lacquer or other sealers.
- Smooths, shapes, and touches up surfaces to prepare them for finishing, using sandpaper, pumice stones, steel wool, chisels, sanders, or grinders.
- Selects appropriate finishing ingredients such as paint, stain, lacquer, shellac, or varnish, depending on factors such as wood hardness and surface type.
- Fills and smooths cracks or depressions, removes marks and imperfections, and repairs broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, or screws.
- Distresses surfaces with woodworking tools or abrasives before staining to create an antique appearance, or rub surfaces to bring out highlights and shadings.
- Examines furniture to determine the extent of damage or deterioration, and to decide on the best method for repair or restoration.
- Paints metal surfaces electrostatically, or by using a spray gun or other painting equipment.
- Recommends woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles.
- Removes old finishes and damaged or deteriorated parts, using hand tools, stripping tools, sandpaper, steel wool, abrasives, solvents, or dip baths.
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