Wood Bar Countertop Construction Options

Hey Guys
I searched and didnt find an answer to this:
I am looking into making a wood bar countertop. It is the pass through area, not around the sink. I plan on adding the typical large wood molding on the edge for leaning/etc.
This piece will be 6 feet long by 18" wide...what is the best technique? I have a table saw and other good hand tools (biscuit joiner etc) and good skills.
My first thought is to buy maple at local supply and biscuit them together lengthwise (sorta like a 2x4 on edge...but probably rip them in half or thirds...so 1.5" wide by whatever depth I get by ripping the boards (inch or so)...even 3/4" wide boards would look good I think.
Anyway, do the above and then sand to smooth...once it is installed with molded etc, I thought to use the epoxy coating for that thick hard look and make it safer for drink water rings etc.
Thoughts or other options to construct? I have seen edge grain or same as above but width (18" long boards....joined side by side to get 6')
Thanks!
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Jim



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On Fri, 8 Oct 2004 09:20:58 -0400, "Jim"

Do you have something like this http://tomstudwell.com/Projects/BarTop/project.htm in mind? I can provide details beyond what is on my web site if you are interested.
TWS http://tomstudwell.com/allprojects.htm
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I'm not sure if this style would work (style wise) in your house or if you have any sawmill operations in your area to find these, but we sell a lot of flitches (slabs cut straight through the log) for bar tops. You want it about 3" thick though. Jana
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On 8 Oct 2004 15:05:21 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com (Jana) wrote:

They had some nice looking maple slabs at the hardwood supplier last week, jointed together from 1" strips like butcher's block, and about 2.5" thick. That would make a heck of a bar if you've got the patience for all that gluing, IMO.

Fifty-coat poly is another popular choice for bars, but it's pretty plastic looking.

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