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This rare shellac alligator pattern is a historic relic.

In the earliest part of the last century, shellac was readily available and commonly used on floors, but it was always coated with a layer of paste wax. But shellac isn’t a great wood protector and maintaining the wax coat over it is back-breaking, so most wood floors that were once coated in shellac were sanded and refinished long ago.

It's our privilege to talk to people all over the U.S.... and sometimes even all over the world about their wood flooring adventures and problems. Here's a favorite recent website inquiry we received from across the ocean.


Our examination of popular myths about floor sanding continues! (Read part 1 of the series here.)


Handymans Book frontispieceI talk to people all day long about wood floors and sanding procedures.

Even the most open-minded DIY-er comes to me with many preconceived notions that are incorrect. And they hold on to these notions as though they were commandments.

But what I find astonishing is how many people have the same misconceptions. Is some version of Typhoid Mary out there, spreading and repeating misleading information about floors?