NOC 9534 – Furniture finishers and refinishers



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.

Main Duties

Furniture finishers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • College, high school or industry courses in furniture finishing or refinishing may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

All Titles

  • antiquer – furniture finishing
  • buffer, furniture – furniture finishing
  • decorator – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • decorator, furniture finishing
  • finisher – furniture finishing
  • finisher and repairer, furniturefinisher and repairman, furniture, finisher and repairwoman, furniture, furniture finisher and repairman, furniture finisher and repairwoman
  • finisher, frame mouldings – furniture manufacturing
  • finisher, furniture
  • finisher, wood – furniture finishing and refinishingwood finisher
  • finishing machine operator – furniture manufacturingfinishing machine operator
  • 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 finishingfurniture polisher
  • furniture polisher, wood – furniture finishing
  • furniture refinisher
  • furniture refinishing varnisher
  • furniture reproducer
  • furniture stainer
  • furniture stripper
  • furniture varnisher
  • furniture-finishing machine operator
  • grainer – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • grainer, wood – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • matcher – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • metal furniture repairermetal furniture repairman, metal furniture repairwoman, repairman, metal furniture, repairwoman, metal furniture
  • ornamenter – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • painter, frame mouldings – furniture manufacturing
  • piano and organ finisher
  • piano and organ refinisher
  • polisher, furniture – furniture finishing
  • polisher, wooden furniture – furniture finishing
  • refinisher, furniture
  • repairer, metal furniture
  • 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
  • sprayer, shellac – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • stainer, furniture
  • stripper, furniture
  • touch-up person – furniture finishing
  • touch-up worker – furniture finishing
  • trimmer – furniture finishing
  • varnisher, furniture
  • varnisher, furniture finishing
  • varnisher, furniture refinishing
  • wash-off operator – furniture finishing
  • whitener – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • wood finisher – furniture finishing and refinishing
  • wood grainer – furniture finishing and refinishing


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