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Finishing yellow pine in very humid weather?

So I finally got my table together, but I need a nice, hard finish (probably polyurethane), but the weather doesn't seem to want to cooperate with me so is there any other hard finish I could use that will dry quickly even in humid weather? Being pine I really need something that won't dent every time someone drops a spoon or cup on it..
Price is also a strong consideration. I don't have unlimited funds to buy anything exotic.
The last thing I covered in poly was a table top for an RV and it came out really nice, but it hadn't rained in quite some time so within 2 days it was set up and ready to go.
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Polyurethane should work alright. Generally the faster the finish dries the more trouble you have with humidity. For example at a humidity level of 75% lacquer would take on the appearance of wax paper. The finish dries so fast it traps moisture from the air in the finish. On slower drying finishes such as polyurethane the humidity would slow the drying time down either making you wait a lot longer for another coat or it gives more time for dirt and bugs to get in the finish.
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You could also try a fast dry varnish. While probably not quite as hard as poly I doubt you'd notice considering the wood is yellow pine which is sort of soft in comparison to many wood species for table tops.

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