I have always used 3/4" plywood on my workbench, with no finish, no nothing. I dont ever use a finishing product on it and I certainly don't want any oil on it. In addition to the normal power tools for woodworking, there are thse times that I need to use my workbench for whatever. when I need to hold things in place I dont think twice about using a brad nailer to nail stuff down. "
I also always had assembly tables and they were always covered with laminate. With laminate, I could make a quick sketch or notes with a marker or a dry erase marker. Glue, epoxy, stain, and just about everything else will quickly come off of plastic laminate with the help of a little lacquer thinner on a rag.
Tony B Retired woodworker, among other things.
"Strive for excellence and settle for completion" Tony B