Which finish for workbench ?


I just got a workbench from Home Depot. The bench is solid wood. It might get pretty humid where I live. What kind of finish can you guys recommend for moisture protection? BTW I'll be doing mostly metalwork on my bench.
Thanks, Alex
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The best finish for benches is an oil, just because it's easy to continually refinish as they wear. There's o such thing as a "finish for life" on a benchtop.

Masonite, shiny side up. Hold it down with a few stips of DS tape. Replace every year or two.
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Do Home Depot or Lowes sell Masonite?
Thanks, Alex
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Yes, of course. Sorry, I thought this was a well-known tradename in the USA. Here in the UK we generally call it "hardboard".
It's the thin man-made board that has been around since the '30s. One side is very hard and shiny, the other side has a chain-link pattern pressed into it from the machien that makes it. The better grade is "oil tempered" and is a bit more water resistant. Dirt cheap, good surface hardness and liquid resistance, no strength at all unless supported underneath.
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I don't think the Masonite company sells the plain stock anymore. Tempered hardboard should be available almost anywhere now, though, as a commodity product.
The Masonite folk sell interior doors and such, though.
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