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Furniture Polisher

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as French Polisher and Furniture Finisher.

Furniture polishers polish timber furniture and musical instruments by hand or machine to give them a protective and attractive finish.

They also apply polyurethane-based finishes for flat panel products, such as kitchen doors and panels.

Furniture polishers work in workshops, which may be noisy due to the operation of industrial machines and tools.

They usually stand for most of the day and wear protective masks as some lacquers give off strong fumes.


    Furniture polishers may perform the following tasks:

  • read and interpret work documents
  • estimate job costs
  • dismantle and reassemble furniture
  • renove old finishes by stripping, scraping, sanding or applying solvents or paint strippers
  • mix and apply stains and paint to timber and other surfaces
  • spray on lacquers, varnish and two-pack finishes
  • polish with French polish, wax or lacquer
  • apply graining and decorative finishes
  • make minor repairs to damaged furniture
  • set up, operate and maintain mechanical coating and other furniture finishing tools and machinery


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • normal colour vision
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • patient
  • able to pay attention to detail
  • good communication skills
  • able to work independently and in a team
  • free from allergies to the solvents, varnishes and other materials used

Interest Area



Spray Finisher - uses high-pressure spray equipment and guns to apply a finish.


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a furniture polisher you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Furniture Finishing.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Furniture polishers mostly work for furniture makers, large retailers and firms that specialise in French-polishing and furniture restoration. As the workforce is small and only a few apprenticeships are offered each year, it may be difficult to secure an opening in this trade.

With experience, and sometimes further training, furniture polishers may be promoted to the position of workshop supervisor or manager, or may set up their own business.

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