On Thu, 19 Jan 2006 16:14:18 GMT, "Michael"
Use cherry instead of pine ? 8-)
Pine varies in its absorbency, so any "stain" (meaning a pigment that
soaks _into_ the timber) is going to end up blotchy.
Instead you can pre-condition the pine with a coat of thinned shellac,
then apply a glaze instead of a stain (a pigment that sits on the
surface of the timber).