That's a very good looking project you have going. I have been finishing cherry for over 45 years and have never sprayed a finish on any. You will spend more time figuring out how to mix, set up the gun and learn how to wield the gun.
Look into wiping varnish. It's the easiest most beautiful finish you can put on cherry wood. It requires very little equipment and will almost always come out perfect the first time. You don't even need a brush. You won't have to worry about dust or humidity.
This is my method.
1)Sand down to 220.
2) With a damp wet clean rag wipe down the wood and let it dry. This will raise the grain and lots of little fuzzies.
3) Sand again with 220. This will go very fast. You just want to knock down the grain and fuzzies.
4) Fold a cotton rag about 4"X4" and pour the varnish in the rag and wipe it on. Wipe it on and keep applying it until it stops soaking in. You can pour the varnish on tops and plow it around with the rag if you want.
5) At this point you can wipe off the excess or do as I do and wipe it down with your bare hands. Keep wiping until it feels dry when you glide your hands over it.
On tops and large surfaces. I sand in the first coat of finish with 320 or 400 while the finish is wet. Re wet if it gets dry until I'm finished sanding.
This will make a super fine slurry and fill microscopic pores.
6) Let it dry over night. If you rubbed it down with your bare hand. You wont need to sand before applying another coat.
If you really mop it on with the first coat and keep wetting dry areas. The first coat will soak well into the wood and and give you a very hard and durable finish. You will need to apply 3 more light coats to get the build you want. One coat a day.
7) After building the finish rub it out with non blooming oil and pumice in a clean cotton rag. This will give a satin finish with out the fillers they put in satin finish lacquer.
It really is a very easy finish that will give you great results.
Al B Thayer.
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The first pic shows the finish better.