Well, time for an update:
Used the Sherwin-Williiams wiping stain (Cherry) and lacquered it with 12 coats of spray (also SW). I used the method recommended by someone - 1 wet coat - wait 3 minutes - 2nd set coat - wait 3 minutes - 3rd wet coat -- Next day (at least 12+ hours dry [more like 20]) and repeated 4 times for a total of 12 coats. To my inexperienced eye, looks very good. As Steve said, if it didn't need smoothing, I didn't.
I would like to ask one further question: I have a can of MinWax 'Antique Oil Finish' and was wondering if it would work being applied over the lacquer? Or would a good paste wax be better; I'd like a nice shine finish; what would be best?
Thanks for all the assistance; much appreciated.