Well, every woodworker has to do a butcher block. I did 3 of these things as holiday gifts this year. They are made from 8/4 hard maple and mahogany. I got the basic plan from an issue of Wood magazine. This was my first attempt at hand planing, and boy are my arms tired. I used my Union #7 and my Bailey #5 to joint and flatten. I ended up succumbing to the orbital sander for the final smoothing since I’m not quite good enough with a smoothing plane yet, and I wasn’t sure about running a smoother over that end grain. I finished them with some butcher block oil that I saw at Crate & Barrel while holiday shopping.