My question is, will the bench suffer any ill effects if I leave the wood "natural" - that is, unfinished? I am not asking if I SHOULD finish it - I already know the answer to that one. I was going to finish it with a few coats of tung oil varnish but my shop is - temporarily - in the basement of a townhouse AND my wife is 8 months pregnant and I am concerned about the fumes. I read the MSDS sheet on the Waterlox Original Sealer / Finish I was intending to use and there are some spooky sounding chemical names on there and I am not going to take the chance and expose the wife to them at this delicate stage (IMO, just not worth the risk).
Thanks in advance for your time . . .