Waterbased Poly, Oilbased Poly, and Nitrocellulose Lacquer
I have not used the Lacquer before (except on automobiles), so I don't have much to go on as to water resistance, adhesion over oil-based stain, etc. - it DOES looks good on a test scrap. The table top could be subjected to water on an occasional basis, of course, due to the plant sitting on top. I have a round cut glass cover that I may install on the top for some protection.
I know the poly is fairly waterproof, but it has that 'look', and any repairs in the future would be a real PITA.
Any input as to the preferred finish and why?