Well here it is in all of it's beauty. The top turned out incredibly well. My brother Brian had to help me with the top. My tools just were not up to the job.
I have a small 12" x 18" end grain butcher block made by Boos and loved it so much i make the top of this center island out of hard maple with the endgrain of the wood up.
Then i saw a good example of how to make an end grain up butcher block on the Wood Whisperer's web site. I shot Marc an email to see what he thought of such a large top using end grain up and he gave me some great advice.
This is so nice on your kitchen knives. The knife slides into the endgrain and i rarely have to sharpen my knives know. As long as i use my steel before use the knives stay razor sharp.
I did end up tossing out the idea of cutting a hole in the top so i could scoop my veggie bits into the trash can. I found it just as easy to keep the trash can out just a little and scoop into the can that way.