I scored some persimmon boards at work the other day (sawmill). I am building our cabinets our of sassafrass and cherry, and I am thinking the persimon will make a great counter top (the new lumber will have to dry for a year or more of course). The boards are straight sawn 4/4, and I was wondering what would be the best way to make a counter top with them. Should I use the planks and glue them together, or should I cut them into 1" strips and glue them together with varying grain? Any suggestions?