Career outlook for french polisher
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use traditional hand skills to prepare and treat wood. You’d work on new furniture or restore old pieces of furniture.
You might also work on fitted items such as staircases, wall panels and doors, and musical instruments like pianos.
- Decide on the type and colour of wood stain
- Calculate quantities
- Mix and apply the stain
- Finish with French polish (a special varnish)
- Apply several coats of French polish until the finish you want is achieved
- Apply other finishes, such as lacquer, paint, varnish, oil and wax, usually by spraying
You may also do simple carpentry and repairs, although a cabinet maker or restorer would deal with more complex work.
Customers will expect you to be careful with their furniture; it will help if you are patient and methodical in your work. You’d estimate the costs of the work and explain it to customers.
If you’re self-employed you’ll need to deal with the business paperwork.
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