Machinist (Wood)

Wood Machinists shape wood pieces, finish and polish fittings and make frames using woodworking and turning machines. They should have strong hand-eye coordination and be able to operate hazardous machinery while adhering to health and safety standards.

Duties and tasks

  • Assemble wood structures and create frames, fitting separate pieces and fastening them together and mounting hangers to the backing
  • Evaluate blueprints and specifications to set up proper materials, series of operations and settings on machines
  • Evaluate completed wood pieces for accuracy and quality, adding detailing work if requested
  • Finish wood surfaces according to specifications and function by applying a variety of materials including lacquer, stains, paint, polish and waxing materials
  • Position wood stock for cutting, modelling and sanding according to specifications
  • Repair or refurbish old furniture or wood items by scraping, stripping and removing old wood surfaces using steel wool, glasspaper, paint strippers and solvents
  • Set up and operate woodworking machines adhering to health and safety standards

Skills required

  • Ability to Adhere to Strong Health and Safety Standards
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Good Hand Eye Coordination
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Wood Machinists typically work Mondays through Fridays, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to complete orders and deadlines. They typically work in machine shops or factories with a variety of wood materials, tools and equipment.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia
The Furnishing Industry Association of Australia

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