Bernice owns an antique furniture restoration business; most often, she's a one-woman operation unless it's an especially big job. She repairs & refurnishes old pieces using 19th century techniques, such as varnishes and shellac -- all done by hand. She advises: talk to people doing the job you're interested in, and visit their work environment.
Woodworkers build a variety of products, such as cabinets and furniture, using wood. Furniture finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged and worn furniture. They often work with antiques and must judge how to best preserve and repair them. They also do the staining and sealing at the end of the process of making wooden products.
Furniture finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.
1-3 years of training is required for woodworking. Less for furniture finishing.
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