The former owner of the home I live in was a woodworker also. He made the top for the kitchen island in that same manner. He used a plywood base, and varied widths on top of that. I like it, but he used a lot of wood filler in some spaces. The top measures 64" X 37". The edge banding is 2" wide and 3/4" thick. The wood is all red and white oak. The center has a 26" X 16" area of spalted oak going 90º to the rest of the top. If the island top was not so cluttered with stuff, it seems to be my catch-all spot in the house; I would take a pic.