Friday, April 1
Now I just take the pieces to be finished into the finishing room. The doors are kept closed at all times to keep wood dust from migrating in. In that clean environment I can spray finish, then go back out to the shop and continue woodworking. In this case, I am sanding more tables.
Once the third coat has hardened up well (overnight) I'll apply a skim-coat of quality polyurethane to just the panel tops of the trays to help protect them from careless living. Lacquer is a beautiful finish, but it will take on white water marks if sweaty drink glasses or hot plates are left sitting on it. The polyurethane helps prevent that.
The polyurethane has to cure for at least 8 hours - more if it's cold or damp - before I can begin packaging the table set for shipment.