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The wood is southern yellow pine. I bet it weighs a ton. Yellow pine runs a lot heavier than the whitewood pine you see in the box stores today. I would avoid using a oil based stain if you can. The stripes in it will be that much more pronounced because there is a great deal of difference in density between the hard parts of the grain and the softer wood between. Use a water based stain or a dye to get a more uniform color. The old finish looks like it might have been shellac.
 
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