Wood Finisher Job Description

wood finisher job description includes a detailed overview of the key requirements, duties, responsibilities, and skills for this role.

Last update : July 14, 2023

Wood Finisher Job Description

A wood finisher is a type of person who applies stain, paint or other coating to wood.

Many wood finishers are self-employed, working independently or for an independent contractor.

Others work for the industrial, commercial, or residential woodworking industries, or in forestry or construction.

A wood finisher may have expertise in one kind of wood finish, such as polyurethane or oil-based varnish.

Or they may have a broad range of skills, applying multiple kinds of finishes to a variety of projects.

A wood finisher typically works with several types of woods, such as plywood, cabinets, furniture, doors, flooring,

Job Brief:

We’re looking for a Wood Finisher who is experienced in working with a variety of wood types and finishes. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and have a keen eye for detail. If you are a team player with a positive attitude and a passion for woodworking, then we’d love to hear from you!

Wood Finisher Duties:

  • Provide technical advice for base-level finishing of projects, and for prefinish work
  • Prepare and oversee all wood finishing processes, including stain, lacquer, oil, varnish, and polyurethane
  • Work directly with architects and clients to determine process needs of specific projects
  • Apply finishes to wood surfaces by spraying, brushing, or wiping
  • Ensure surfaces are free of dust and debris prior to finishing, and that all finishes are applied according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Follow manufacturers’ recommended drying times
  • Perform hand sanding using standard sanding equipment
  • Insure that finished surfaces are smooth and free from defects and inconsistencies
  • Follow instructions about finishing work, including analysis, estimating, material purchases, drying times, and waste disposal
  • Work with vendors, architects, and customers to resolve difficulties that arise during finishing

Wood Finisher Responsibilities:

  • Hiring for a full-time position as an Entry Level Wood Finisher
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in English
  • Responsible for all aspects of finishing work including, but not limited to:

Requirements And Skills:

  • Apply stain, lacquer, varnish, and other finishes to raw wood, cabinet components, or furniture
  • Perform manual or mechanical finishing processes, such as rubbing, buffing, brushing, sanding, and scraping to remove excess coatings, and fill and level surface imperfections
  • Use automatic spray equipment to apply coatings to wood components, furniture, or cabinets
  • Measure, mix, and apply coatings according to manufacturer’s specifications and use jigs and clamps, or banding or glues, to attach components
  • Prepare wood or wood components for finishing by cleaning, sanding, stripping, or pickling
  • Apply sealer and topcoats to wood components or furniture
  • Inspect finished wood components for quality, use hand tools and test equipment to test surfaces for smoothness and appearance
  • Measure, prepare, and apply stain, lacquer, varnish,

At Company Name, we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to success. We are committed to building a team that reflects our values of diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all people, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or age.

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