Is all pine created equal?
I recently bought some pine and had to use conditioner to keep the stain from splotching. However, when I've refinished pine shelves in my 1964 home, I didn't bother to use a conditioner and they stained beautifully -- I used a spar urethane finish and they looked like fine furniture. Before I re-installed the shelves, I googled the name stamped on the back, and it was a mill in the northwest United States (didn't write it down).
These pine shelves are 11.5 inches wide and some are as long as 7 feet. They are original to the 1964 home, and aren't warped. My neighbor is getting ready to gut her kitchen, and I'm tempted to save the pine boards from her shelves. Her house has the same cabinets and was built at the same time by the same builder.
I don't have a handy place to store them and can't think of any immediate plans for them. I just really love how beautiful and functional my kitchen and bathroom shelves are. Is it possible that pine from that era is better? When I refinished mine, it didn't seem as soft as the newer pine I've worked with.