Furniture Finisher Kaiwhakaoti Taonga Rākau

Furniture finishers prepare the final surface of items of furniture and apply stain, lacquer, paint, oil or wax.

Furniture finishers may do some or all of the following:

  • provide quotes to customers
  • remove or repair furniture surfaces on old furniture or other wooden items
  • sand and rub wood to smooth its surface
  • apply wood stain, polish, paint, oil or wax finish.

Furniture finishers who run their own business also need small business skills.

Physical Requirements

Furniture finishers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination, and normal colour vision.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for furniture finishers includes woodwork and work in the furniture industry.

Personal Qualities

Furniture finishers need to be patient and accurate, with an eye for detail.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for furniture finishers includes woodwork and work in the furniture industry.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English, maths and technology. 

Furniture Finishers can earn around $39K-40K per year per year.

Furniture finishers may progress to set up their own business, or move into related roles such as boat builder or joiner.

Furniture Finisher

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