Jun 30, 2013 · Pine will stain very nicely - but you need to use a Pine Sealer first. Cabots make one - get it from Bunnings. Coping saws are designed to cut curves, not straight lines. Hence wrong tool for the job. Japanese saws are nice, but I reckon (apologies to splinter and the others, but I have to disagree) they are not a good tool for beginners.