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Hi all - I would like to make a wood countertop for my craftsman style kitchen island. It will be about 10 feet long by 5 feet deep, with about 1 1/2 feet of that depth an overhang for sitting at. I would like to join 12" wide quartersawn white oak planks for this. Can you give me any ideas on the best way to join the planks, particularly so that they are all flush on the surface (obviously can't run it through my planer)? How thick should the planks be? Is there a better wood that will be more resistant to warping, yet still mesh with the craftsman cabinetry? Any advice is appreciated, including telling me if I am crazy to try this!