I shot the walnut tables with their third coat this morning (did not get that far last night) That gave them a few hours to cure out a bit before I applied the polyurethane.
If it's good, I fold up the table and set it out of the way. The skim coat is too thin to run.
When The maple tables are done, I set up the walnut tables and coat them. As each table is completed, I fold it up and stand it facing the wall to prevent air-borne dust from landing in the sticky polyurethane.
Lacquer dries very quickly, the poly will take around 8 hours to "dry". It's not really a drying out process like the lacquer is where the liquid carrier evaporates out, but a catalyzing process where elements in the polyurethane hook up and combine as the solvent evaporates. In any case, it will take 8 to 12 hours for the poly to harden enough I can start packaging to the tables for shipment. If I go too soon the Styrofoam pads between the tables will dissolve a little in the uncured poly and mar the finish. We don't want that. In cold weather getting Poly to cure can be a pain, but it's not cold now so it should go well and I can start packaging in the morning.