I have been involved in the lengthy process of doing the finish carpentry of a new house we had built in the vacation land of Minnesota. It was built on land we purchased many years ago and have now retired to. The most challenging part up until now has been the windows. There are twenty three in all and I am finishing them in the old craftsman , arts and crafts style of the early 20th century. So far I have completed 15 of the 23 windows and have gained a great deal of experience in the process. I started in pine but had trouble maintaining good consistency with the stain. I have since switched to red oak , which is far less time consuming and easier to do. Anyone out there who has the secret to less blotchy dark pine stain , other than the obvious prestain conditioner , I would appreciate any input .
-- Tom, Minnesota ,http:www.jackpine workshopTom.com