Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: The Very Tip of Lake Michigan
I've always found it very difficult to stain different colored base woods to be the same color when finished. It's kind of like a car. Dark primer makes the top coat darker, regardless of color. Light primer makes the exact same color paint lighter.
You might start with a single coat (or whatever depth color you choose) on the dark pieces and then apply several extra treatments to the lighter woods. But regardless of the type stain used, I would absolutely start with wood conditioner. Softwoods are prone to blotchy- period. The stuff is easy to use; almost like water to apply. And it will help immensely with whatever evening out the stain you apply (oil based).
Another $000,000,000.02 worth of advice,