I”m somewhat new to woodworking (have been at it for ~3 years) and am new to the forum. After making do with a workmate in an apartment for a few years, I’m finally moving to a house with a shop, and look forward to building a proper workbench for the handtool work that I primarily do. So far, it seems the preferred material for workbenches is whatever you can get cheaply and in large enough thicknesses to create the necessary mass, usually fir or pine. In my area (South Louisiana), large bald cypress beams are frequently on the market for a good price from both demos of old houses and as waste from columns used in new construction, so cypress seems like a possibility for my bench. Does anyone have any experience using cypress in bench construction, or are familiar with its properties and pros and cons for this use? Apart from its rot resistance, I’m wondering about stability (especially in high humidity), workability for the occasional flattening, and toughness for use as a bench top.