Questions on making wood plank kitchen island top
I am , after considering a John Boos lyptus butcher block island top for our kitchen remodel, strongly considering making my own kitchen counter island top out of glued up wood planks. The Boos top would run over $1300, and I am sure I could make a wood top out of some nice planks for a heck of a lot cheaper than that. I had never wanted the BB fo cutting on, just want the warm look of wood to contrast with out other counters...
The top I am looking to make would be 36" x 72", about 2" thick. There is a sawmill nearby where I should be able to get 2" thick pine, maple, red or white oak, curly maple or hickory boards up to 10" wide.
Anyway, being a novice but quickly learning woodworker I have a few questions:
1. What would the strongest joints be for a top like this? Biscuits, dowels, or?
2. Would it be wise to use more boards that are not as wide to make the top to reduce the chance of cupping? I would really like the planks be be as wide as possible though.
3. Is any of these woods noted for being particularly dimensionally stable and/or water resistant (I plan to have a small bar sink in the island)? I had heard that white oak is noted for being water resistant. A curly maple top would look really nice though....
Any other tips, advice or experiences?