Preface - I'm a woodworking novice.
I applied a polycrylic finish to an Ikea Gerton (solid beech wood) table top. I only lightly sanded with 220 by hand before applying the finish. I wasn't aiming to smooth the wood as I was under the impression the finish would smooth things out based on the following:
The whole idea with sanding the wood is not necessarily to get it as smmoth [sic] as glass. Rather, its to give the wood a clean, even, and scratch-free appearance. [...] Sanding up to 400 really isn’t going to give you a smoother finish in the end. Because after the first coat of finish is applied, you are no longer dealing with the raw wood. You are dealing with the finish.
However after applying 3 coats, with a light 220 hand sanding between coats, the wood feels pretty much the same as before applying the finish. Should I have sanded more before applying the finish or did I do something wrong in the application?
Would sanding the finish help achieve a smoother feel to the surface? If so any tips would be appreciated.