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Making wooden furniture. What a beautiful and noble idea. A great number of young adults are becoming reconciled with these ancestral trades. The vocational courses are once again filling up with motivated students who have arrived here by choice and passion, and not because of they are failing general studies, as it was the case a few decades ago. Adults who are well established in the world of work are also deciding to leave everything behind to take up manual occupations, in search of meaning and tangible.

So making wooden furniture is once again a dream. But unlike the small craftsmen who takes care of everything from A to Z, today the wood furniture sector in France offers a multitude of jobs for all types of profiles. The factories and manufactures that prototype and produce in series are made up of various skills and talents.

So if you too are tempted by the adventure, before you take the plunge we give you an overview of the different jobs you could be getting:

By whom and how wooden furniture is made. Focus on 3 key jobs in the sector in France.

1. R&D engineer

The R&D engineer is the one who draws up the plans and looks for technical solutions to complete the manufacture of a piece of wooden furniture. Very cerebral, He has a facility for imagining in 3D and projecting his ideas into space. He has a great deal of knowledge about the characteristics of wood and how to use it to obtain resistant and easily made assemblies. He transforms the ideas of designers and architects to make them achievable. It's a lot of research and testing to gradually shape, prototype and give the final shape a concept.

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He is also in charge of researching and sourcing solution suppliers (hardware stores, manufacturers of transformed panels, service providers and manufacturers in other sectors than wood). He is constantly on the lookout for the latest innovations on the market. In general, R&D engineer are very curious and eager to try out new things.

Despite the fact that a lot of their work is done on screens, they remain very much rooted in reality. A quality that workshops will appreciate.

2. Furniture carpenter

The carpenter has an excellent eye and steady hands. Thanks to him the furniture takes shape. He works from the plans and information given by the R&D. He works the raw wood and machines it to its final shape. Once the different parts have been made, he assembles, glues or screws them together. He then sands and prepares the furniture so it’s ready to be finished.

The carpenter has a perfect knowledge of the material, he has the practical experience to understand the nature of pieces of wood he is working on, how to process it and what its possible reactions will be. He knows how to read the grain of the wood. The carpenter has a particularly fine practical intelligence. His gestures benefit from the great precision he has acquired over the years. His technique is reinforced by his knowledge of the woodworking machines he uses.

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Halfway between the cabinetmaker and the machine operator in a large industry, the furniture carpenter is a central element in a furniture factory.

3. Painting varnisher :

The person in charge of finishing a piece of furniture is most often the varnish painter. He is a kind of chemist who prepares and applies the finishing products according to very precise procedures. In his finishing cabin, he cooks, mixes and adjusts the ingredients to the nearest hundredth of a gram, then applies them to the pieces using different types of spray guns (low-pressure gun, compressor or electrostatic).

The varnisher masters his gesture to apply just what is needed, where it’s needed. His experience enables him to understand instinctively where to start spraying, with which angle and how fast. He has a thorough knowledge of the products he uses, their viscosity and their drying time. His work is essential to protect wooden furniture, whether for indoor or outdoor use. He is able to advise and adapt the finishing products according to the future life of the furniture.

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Varnishers have a trained eye, are very observant and are capable of great precision, organized and finally a good capacity to focus. Rather autonomous and independent, they often work alone in their booth.

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