large butcher block island top
so im going to try and make a rather larger butcher block style island top for the first time, about 7 1/2'x5 1/2' x ( approximately 2") edge grain top. i plan on making it out of Cherry and full 7 1/2' strips. i currently have a 15" old school powermatic planer, 8" grizzly jointer and a table saw (which i have tuned up and cuts 90 degrees) and has a new freud glue rip blade, i think its called glue rip. i have a plan of attack but want to run it by you guys to see what you think as this is by far the largest top of this style or any style that i have made.
after letting the cherry acclimate to my shop ill run the boards through the jointer and planer to get them all parallel, and 90'd and to the same thickness. then rip my 2" wide strips out of the boards, flip them so the edge grain is up, which will be the island top surface and and then glue them. i was planning on gluing them up in 10"-12" wide sections using cauls on top and bottom in multiple places so i can better manage the boards being as even as possible. then glue the individual 10-12" sections up to each other one by one
so if i cant manage to get the boards all nice and even would a 2" thick slab be thick enough to run just through the planer or should i joint them first? use one of those planer jointer sleds to get off the 2 or 4" section my 8" grizzly jointer cant get then flip to other side and plane it as well? if it is recommended to joint what i can on the jointer then use the planer sled, what width of board would be too wide to do that or does it matter? meaning would a 10" wide board over and 8" jointer with 2" un jointed section be better then a 12" wide jointed board with a 4" un jointed section? never used one of those sleds so i plan on throwing some scraps together to give it a go first but would appreciate any thoughts.