Furniture Polisher

What is a Furniture Polisher?

Furniture Polishers usually work with wood but they can also polish glass and metal objects too.

They usually work on furniture pieces but also work on things like musical instruments.

Furniture Polishers will be found working in furniture manufacturing companies (large and small), private furniture making studios as well as in furniture restoration companies.

Some Furniture Polishers use electrical machinery and others are extremely skilled hand polishers.

What does a Furniture Polisher do?

  • reading work notes customer requirements
  • quoting
  • taking furniture apart and re-assembling it (removing hinges and handles)
  • stripping old techniques off the wood (scraping, sanding and using paint stripper)
  • filling holes and dents
  • treating wood to give it a smooth finish
  • mixing paints
  • spray painting
  • polishing using wax or lacquer (new and old furniture pieces)
  • repairing minor faults

Are you … ?

  • good with your hands?
  • a person with good vision?
  • detail orientated?
  • patient?
  • a person who takes pride in their work?
  • careful and reliable?
  • able to stand for long periods at a time?

How do I become a Furniture Polisher?

There aren’t a lot of places to furniture polishing. 

Some Further Education and Training Colleges (FET) may offer programmes for specific Trade or Skills Set for would-be furniture polishers.

We advise contacting these institutions directly.

Visit the Career Planet Training Institutions page to find your nearest FET College.

Here is a place you can get training:

  • ABENZI WOOD HOUSE:  (Stutterheim)

Offers a 25 day NQF 1 Level – Furniture Polishing Course


Another suggestion is to approach small furniture making companies directly and get on-the-job training.  If you show initiative and dedication you could go far in the furniture-making industry.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Upholsterer or Furniture Designer

Is becoming a Furniture Polisher the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.