CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Furniture Finishers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Wood/Furniture
Benchmark Title: Furniture Finishers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish. Mix finish ingredients to obtain desired colors or shades.
 
Brush, spray, or hand-rub finishing ingredients, such as paint, oil, stain, or wax, onto and into wood grain; then apply lacquer or other sealers.
 
Smooth, shape, and touch-up surfaces to prepare them for finishing, using sandpaper, pumice stones, steel wool, chisels, sanders, or grinders.
 
Select appropriate finishing ingredients such as paint, stain, lacquer, shellac, or varnish, depending on factors such as wood hardness and surface type.
 
Fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, and/or screws.
 
Distress surfaces with woodworking tools or abrasives before staining to create an antique appearance, or rub surfaces to bring out highlights and shadings.
 
Examine furniture to determine the extent of damage or deterioration, and to decide on the best method for repair or restoration.
 
Paint metal surfaces electrostatically, or by using a spray gun or other painting equipment.
 
Recommend woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles.
 
Remove old finishes and damaged or deteriorated parts, using hand tools, stripping tools, sandpaper, steel wool, abrasives, solvents, and/or dip baths.
 
Follow blueprints to produce specific designs.
 
Disassemble items to prepare them for finishing, using hand tools.
 
Wash surfaces to prepare them for finish application.
 
Remove accessories prior to finishing, and mask areas that should not be exposed to finishing processes or substances.
 
Treat warped or stained surfaces to restore original contours and colors.
 
Confer with customers to determine furniture colors and/or finishes.
 
Replace or refurbish upholstery of items, using tacks, adhesives, softeners, solvents, stains, or polish.
 
Remove excess solvent, using cloths soaked in paint thinner.
 
Stencil, gild, emboss, mark, or paint designs or borders to reproduce the original appearance of restored pieces, or to decorate new pieces.
 
Design, create, and decorate entire pieces or specific parts of furniture, such as draws for cabinets.
 
Brush bleaching agents on wood surfaces to restore natural color.
 
Spread graining ink over metal portions of furniture in order to simulate wood-grain finish.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Wood/Furniture
Benchmark Title: Furniture Finishers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Wood/Furniture
Benchmark Title: Furniture Finishers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Wood/Furniture
Benchmark Title: Furniture Finishers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
Related Work Experience None
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Wood/Furniture
Benchmark Title: Furniture Finishers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Antique Finisher
Antique Refinisher
Antiquer
Cabinet Finisher
Caner
Chair Finisher
Finish Patcher
Finish Repair Worker
Finisher
Frame Repairer
Furniture Finisher
Furniture Finisher Apprentice
Furniture Finishing Technician
Furniture Polisher
Furniture Refinisher
Furniture Repairer
Furniture Restorer
Furniture Sander
Grainer
Hand Sander
Hardwood Finisher
Lacquer Sprayer
Machine Grainer
Patch Man
Piano Refinisher
Recoater
Refinisher
Sander
Sealer Sander
Shade Sprayer Operator
Sprayer
Stain Sprayer
Stain Wiper
Television Cabinet Finisher
Utility Spray Operator
Varnish Finisher
Wood Cabinet Finisher
Wood Coater
Wood Filler
Wood Finisher
Wood Grainer
Wood Polisher
Wooden Furniture Polisher
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing/Wood/Furniture
Benchmark Title: Furniture Finishers
 
 
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