Butcher block countertop

Do you dare make a butcher block countertop out of edge grain 3/4 or 1" wide boards? It looks like 2 x material is more common?
Sure would be easier to work with the 1" and easier to come up with material.
Also -- in order of preference which woods are best?
maple, oak, walnut, cherry
Of course red oak is very easy to come by but is it the perhaps the least preferred?
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