Using Shellac or Varnish on an Old Pine Floor
Old pine floors (175+ years), although originally a "softwood", now fairly hard. Flat sawn, very wide, face nailed, T&G, mostly unfinished.
After clean up I plan to use either shellac or varnish (the old fashioned stuff, not modern urethane varnishes). Not interested in penetrating oils, poly, waterlox, etc., because I need a highly reversible finish, even at cost of extra maintenance. Probably will use paste wax on top for additional protection.
Anybody have experience with either one of these finishes?