I used Benjamin Moore's Moorwood solid color stain for my t-111 project and it has turned out great. I have also used it on cedar sidewall shingles with good results. The kind I used was a solid white color but they probably have good stains that are transparent or semi-transparent. I used a sprayer to lay it on and then immediately followed with a large, stiff paint brush to work it into the grain. I worked about a 4' x 4' area at a time. Cheap Wagner power sprayers can be used if you use the tube fitting into a bucket so you don't have to refill the pint jar every 5 minutes. Probably better to rent a good sprayer if you don't have one, unless the project is small enough to just brush the whole thing and skip the sprayer. Spraying sure makes it easier to get into those grooves though.