Im new to the LJ site, but thrilled to find it. I have nine knotty pine v-groove arch top pine door slabs that I need to finish for a vacation house Im trying to have built this summer. Im a pretty handy guy and have done some minor finishing over the years including some custom finish trim work I did on my kitchen remodel. Mostly I have worked with maple and have always sanded up to 220, preped with wood conditioner, then wiped on a liquid minwax stain, and finished with wipe-on poly. I dont want to waste a door experimenting to get it right and am hoping that you kind folks could advise me as to the best procedure and techniques. Id like to achieve a walnut appearance for these doors. Is the procedure Ive used in the past the best way to go? Ive read that the gel stains work well on pine but dont make the grain pop and can look opaque. Im hoping to make this inexpensive door look more impressive and actually want to emphasize the knots and any grain. Id greatly appreciate any advice you can provide.