I am approaching the end of my first real woodworking project, building kitchen cabinets for our home from Cherry. Since that went pretty well I have decided to try building a 1.5' by 8' butcher block for a counter top that will see very light use. The cabinets are 35 1/4" high without the top. I have A LOT of 4/4 cherry left over and some 4/4 walnut that I don't really want to store so the way I see it I have three options. Any thoughts on them?
Keep in mind, I have basic tools (Unisaw, 6" delta jointer, 12" Woodmaster Planer)
1. Cut two inch (when seen from the top) alternating pieces of Cherry and Walnut. This option would only be 3/4" thick. Is that too thin? If so, why? Is it a structural issue or will it just look weird.
2. Cut slats 1 1/2" thick and turn them so each piece would be 3/4" wide (when seen from the top). I could make it thick enough this way but I am concerned that it will start adding up to a lot of pieces to keep straight and glue up nicely.
3. Bite the bullet and go buy some thicker lumber! This will cost extra $ and make me store more lumber.
I appreciate anyone who takes the time to answer!