I am planning to build a heavy duty work bench from a custom end grain butcher block table. The maker offers five different woods: maple, oak, cherry, walnut, and industrial maple.
I know that oak is stronger than maple, but will it make a difference? How much stronger is it?
Note that this table will be used for metal working (heavy hammering) and supporting heavy, cast iron machine tools, like arbor presses, so it's got to be very strong and rigid.
Also, what about walnut, its a lot more expensive. Would it have any advantages? Harder than maple maybe?