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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9534 Occupation: Furniture finishers and refinishers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
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. 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.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read labels on paints and stains to find out how they will work on metal and particular types and colours of wood. (1)
  • Read pamphlets to brush up on the correct way to mix solvents used, such as wood bleach, used to strip old finish from wood surfaces. (2)
  • Read manufacturers' information sheets to learn about various finishes, such as how temperature affects a specific brand of lacquer. (2)
  • Read books to scan for specific information, such as the characteristics of a type of wood, to learn technical skills, such as stripping and special finishing techniques, or to research period furniture styles. (3)
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Writing
  • Label furniture parts using Roman numerals and numbers, such as II of 7, to facilitate reassembly. (1)
  • Make lists of supplies needed to place orders. (1)
  • Complete work orders using words and phrases at the outset of a job, adding more detailed information as the work progresses. Work orders record such information as the customer's name and phone number, special instructions and the specific stain colour applied. (1)
  • Complete forms, such as time cards and invoices. (1)
  • Prepare a written description of a piece of furniture, detailing such information as the type of wood and identifying marks, to assist clients in obtaining insurance protection. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read product labels such as instructions on stains bottles. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMIS) labels to follow the instructions for use. (2)
  • Use colour charts to select the colours which match the original finish of furniture items. (2)
  • Read assembly drawings to determine whether a piece of furniture should be finished before being assembled. (3)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn about a new product's characteristics and safe handling specifications, such as ventilation requirements and reactions with other agents. (3)
  • Read work orders (prepared by yourself and others). These contain the details of work requirements, such as descriptions of the work to be done, sketches and diagrams with measurements, colour specifications and deadlines. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk with co-workers to exchange information about a customer's requirements and to co-ordinate work. (1)
  • Speak with suppliers to place orders and to seek product information. (1)
  • Interact with customers to clarify expectations, to explain the scope of work, to assist them in selecting the colour and lustre of the finish and to provide ongoing maintenance instructions for the customer's furniture. (2)
  • Speak with helpers to provide instructions and supervise them. (2)
  • Interact with the supervisor to receive work assignments, discuss production problems and clarify procedures. (2)
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Money Math
  • Receive payments from clients and make change. (1)
  • Total bills, including calculation of labour charges at an hourly rate and taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Time the placement of orders for parts to ensure that the parts are on hand when they are required. (1)
  • Budget time and sequence tasks to maximize efficiency and ensure jobs are completed on time (may work on several jobs concurrently). (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take the readings from pressure gauges on equipment, such as air compressors used with spray guns and vacuum pumps used for pressing veneer, to ensure that the equipment is functioning normally. (1)
  • Take measurements, such as lengths of wood needed to fabricate a missing piece. (1)
  • Measure and mix various volumes of lacquer and thinner according to ratios or label instructions. Adjust the viscosity formula according to the particular spray gun being used and the style of spraying. (2)
  • Measure the dimensions of curved or irregular pieces when repairing furniture. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of liquid that will be required to cover a piece or the drying times of stains. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of time required for disassembling, repairing and refinishing a piece of furniture to prepare a price quotation for a customer. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Many of the tasks performed by furniture finishers and refinishers are repetitive; however, some variety may be introduced by the different types of furniture pieces and the nature of the work to be done. The work priorities of furniture finishers and refinishers are established by the deadlines associated with work orders or by production schedules. Within this context, some furniture finishers and refinishers have wide scope to sequence their job tasks for efficiency, planning their work in response to the volume of customer orders and dealing with disruptions, such as customers dropping by the shop. Others, such as those working in furniture manufacturing plants, have comparatively less scope to sequence their job tasks, receiving directions from their supervisors. Ensuring that materials are on hand when needed and taking into account timing considerations, such as drying times for glues and finishes, are important aspects of their job task planning and organizing. They may work with partners, co-ordinating schedules as needed. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether pieces are best finished or refinished while they are completely assembled or partially assembled. (1)
  • Decide what colour of stain best matches that of the original piece. (1)
  • Decide what techniques to use to create antique effects on new wood. (2)
  • Decide whether the preparatory work done at earlier stages of production, such as sanding and gluing, is of sufficiently high quality for finishing, rejecting pieces that are substandard. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • The paint in an air gun changed hue after the pistol was left soaking overnight in water rather than in solvent. Dilute the remaining paint to recreate the colour that was used the day before. (1)
  • There is a request to restore an antique piece of furniture to its original state; however, the owner is unable to provide any information about the piece's history. Do a visual inspection, looking for features such as wooden nails, and refer to books to date the antique, identify its style and find other period information needed to authentically restore the piece. (2)
  • There is a piece of furniture that doesn't strip easily. Experiment by using different products and techniques to strip the item without damaging it, and if unsuccessful, contact suppliers to find a suitable stripping product. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Clarify the specifications for a particular job by asking the supervisor. (1)
  • Refer to catalogues and speak with suppliers to find information about new products or products which may be suitable for a particular job. (2)
  • Seek information from more experienced refinishers. Such sources can be difficult to locate as competitors may be unwilling to share information. (3)
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