Antique furniture reproducer


Antique furniture reproducers duplicate and recreate antique furniture. They prepare drawings and templates of the article, create, fit and assemble parts and finish the article after original specifications.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to antique furniture reproducer:

antique furniture carver
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Minimum qualifications

A high school diploma is generally required to work as an antique furniture reproducer.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Antique furniture reproducer is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Antique furniture reproducer career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to antique furniture reproducer.

furniture restorer
frame maker
cabinet maker
wicker furniture maker
furniture upholsterer

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of antique furniture reproducer. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of antique furniture reproducer with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

furniture shop manager
carpenter supervisor
bridge inspector
art handler
sound artist

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of antique furniture reproducer.

  • Furniture trends: The latest trends and manufacturers in the furniture industry.
  • Woodturning: Process of shaping wood on a lathe and its types, namely spindle turning and faceplate turning.
  • Technical drawings: Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.
  • Types of wood: Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of antique furniture reproducer.

  • Clean furniture: Remove dirt, marks and other unwanted material from furniture.
  • Join wood elements: Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.
  • Do historical research: Use scientific methods to research history and culture.
  • Artificially age furniture: Use various techniques such as sanding, denting, painting and others to make new furniture look distressed and aged.
  • Create smooth wood surface: Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.
  • Apply a protective layer: Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.
  • Sand wood: Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.
  • Contextualise artistic work: Identify influences and situate your work within a specific trend which may be of an artistic, aesthetic, or philosophical natures. Analyse the evolution of artistic trends, consult experts in the field, attend events, etc.
  • Create furniture frames: Construct a strong frame out of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, laminated boards, or a combination of the materials for furniture.
  • Create wood joints: Use the proper tools and processes to create the joints where multiple pieces of wood fit together.
  • Decorate furniture: Use techniques such as gilding, silver-plating, framing or engraving to add specific decorations in the material of the furniture.
  • Operate wood sawing equipment: Operate various machinery and equipment to cut wood in different sizes and shapes.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of antique furniture reproducer. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Organic building materials: The types and processing of organic materials to build products or parts of products.
  • Engraving technologies: The characteristics of various materials and methods used to engrave something on a surface.
  • Art history: The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.
  • Metalworking: The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.
  • Furniture industry: Companies and activities involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of functional and decorative objects of household equipment.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of antique furniture reproducer. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Pass on trade techniques: Pass on knowledge and skills, explain and demonstrate the application of equipment and materials and answer questions about trade techniques for the manufacturing of products.
  • Engrave patterns: Engrave and print designs and patterns onto a variety of surfaces.
  • Remove paint: Remove paint by using chemical strippers, a heat gun, sanding or scraping the surface.
  • Apply restoration techniques: Select and apply appropriate restoration techniques in order to achieve the required restoration goals. This encompasses preventive measures, remedial measures, restoration processes and management processes.
  • Handle delivery of furniture goods: Handle the delivery and assemble the furniture and other goods, according to customer’s needs and preferences.
  • Manipulate metal: Manipulate the properties, shape and size of metal.
  • Evaluate restoration procedures: Evaluate the outcome of conservation and restoration procedures. Evaluate the degree of risk, success of treatment or activity and communicate the results.
  • Use authentic crafting techniques: Restore old objects by means of the tools and techniques that were originally used in their production process.
  • Fix minor scratches: Fix minor dents and scratches on the surface with touch-up paint or scratch remover.
  • Specialise in an area of history: Specialise in a specific field of history, do research on topics relevant to collections, determine which items should be retained or acquired, and how they should be preserved and displayed.
  • Carve materials: Carve an object out of a material such as wood, or give a specific shape to a material by carving it.
  • Manipulate glass: Manipulate the properties, shape and size of glass.
  • Paint decorative designs: Apply designs in paint, using paint sprayers, paintbrushes or spray cans.
  • Estimate restoration costs: Estimate the cost implications of restoring and replacing products or parts.
  • Produce copies of valuable objects: Produce exact copies of valuable objects such as paintings and pieces of furniture mainly for commercial or exhibition purposes.
  • Sell household goods: Sell household devices and goods such as microwaves, blenders and kitchen supplies in accordance to the client’s personal preferences and needs.
  • Design original furniture: Master and develop industrial aesthetics through ongoing research of new shapes, adapted to the function of the objects the research deals with (domestic objects, urban furnitures, etc.).
  • Produce customised tools: Elaborate the technical drawings and build special tools needed for a particular purpose such as creating traditional tools for artisanal crafting or restoration purposes.
  • Select restoration activities: Determine restoration needs and requirements and plan the activities. Consider the desired results, the level of intervention required, evaluation of alternatives, constraints on actions, stakeholder demands, possible risks and future options.
  • Sell furniture: Sell pieces of furniture in accordance to the client’s personal preferences and needs.
  • Repair furniture parts: Repair locks, pegs, braces, frames or other parts of furniture.
  • Prepare furniture for application of paint: Set up furniture for standard or custom paint job, protect any parts that should not be painted and prepare painting equipment.

ISCO group and title

7522 – Cabinet-makers and related workers

  1. Antique furniture reproducer – ESCO
Last updated on October 13, 2022

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