e as #1 or #2 Grade, including me. In my opinion, #1 Grade timbers/dimension lumber or river recovered logs, must have a MINIMUM of 15+ growth rings, per 1 inch of growth. This reflects that the tree only expanded 1" in 15+ years. This would be the only suitable antique heart pine for your application
true, #1 Grade antique heart pine. It is much softer and will lack the density of antique.
Unfortunately, in our industry, the term "antique heart pine" is overused and abused. In my opinion, wood must generally be salvaged from structures built in the 1800s, no later than 1905, to be considered
with 2:1 mineral spirits to stain. We apply with the grain, then across the grain and wipe off any shiny spots after a few minutes. Typically one or two more of these same steps exposes the natural wood colors.
Frankly, your first step should be to contact the person that sold you the counter top