Poplar butcher block bench - help
Have been commissioned to build a solid wood bench 10' in length by 21" wide and a depth of an inch and a half. The bench is going to be mainly used to sit on to remove boots, down in a customers mudroom. The bench is going to be built into a set of locker cabinets. My planer and drum sander are smaller bench top models with a capacity of 12". Trying to feed a 10 foot glue up through the planer sounds like a bear. Would I be better off doing 4 smaller sections?
The plan is to use poplar (customers choice) face glued with edge grain exposed on the top.
Do I need to worry about grain direction with this type of glue up or would the wood movement all be in the same direction?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, as I have done smaller glue ups but this would be by far the largest.