I have a new, unfinished maple benchtop. What is a good finish to use that will hold up well to this type of use?
I have been pondering the finish question also. I have enough 2x4 and 2x6 rough sawn alder to build a bench up to 4 feet wide by ten feet long, [hopefully this winter's project] and was wondering how to finish it. When you say a drying oil are you referring to something like Watco Danish oil? It does make sense not to put a hard finish onto it.You don't have to have any finish. Some sort of drying oil if you just want to darken it or want to do something for it. Remember that every now and then you'll need to sand, plane or scrape this thing. Applying a hard film finish will just make this more of a process but if you want this sort of look, then as said above, the floor poly would work as well as anything.