Advice on finishing pine table top


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My wife and I are into antiques and we're re-doing our dining room. We recently acquired a very cool and unusual 2 board top late 1800's farm dining table that is pine and I would like to try and approximate the color of the top to a large oak buffet that is already in place. I realize pine is quite difficult to stain and have it turn out even looking, and I also realize that even if I am able to somehow closely approximate the color of oak, the grain patterns will not match and I am ok with that part of the equation.

So, what do you think? Liquid brush on or wipe on gel stain (oil or water based) with pre-conditioning first? Danish oil or some other kind of oil? Varnish? Poly?

Any and all suggestions welcome.
 
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