Q: I am working on refinishing my cabin floorboards. I have brought them home and sanded the old finish off and would appreciate comments on using varnish or polyurethane for the sole.

—Danny Love, Grand Rivers, KY


Polyurethane is the better choice for a cabin sole. Oil-based varnishes are too soft. Keep in mind that any gloss finish on the sole can compromise footing, particularly if the sole becomes wet. That said, the beauty of a varnished sole has for me trumped traction reduction for

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