I'd still say it's a bad idea from a design point of view. The grain in the top is to busy for that base. If someone wanted to use that top, the best thing would be a bar top or use some of those metal legs. And I hate those metal legs. Perhaps an ebonized base would be a better fit. The top is visually jarring, so having it on a base that does not have much detail and major contrast (maple and black) would be best. I wouldn't use the slab for a top at all unless a client was hell bent on having it in their home. Even then, I would recommend against it. It's something that could be used for a sub-top... Kind of like Cremona did on his free site/Guild build.
It comes down to choosing a focal point. Choose wisely!
I managed to go by the lumber dealer yesterday and grab a 4/4 board for the front slab. That just seemed like the easiest solution without wasting a whole lot of wood. I planed the boards for the front slab. 2 of them had some twist (1/8"-1/4" over the 6 foot length) so I decided to take it out. I had one board that was perfectly flat and straight, so I basically used it as a planer sled. I double stick taped the twisted boards on top, with a bit of shimming so they wouldn't move. Worked great!
As it stands, my boards are at exactly 7 3/4 and need to be arranged in gluing order and have dowel holes drilled for alignment. I'm trying to decide whether the 4/4 piece belongs in the middle of the glued up piece in this step, in the middle of the final slab after dog strip and laminate piece, or against the gap. Right now I'm leaning towards the middle of this glue up, but I would welcome any thoughts. I really hope to get this glued up by later tomorrow, if I can get the doweling done early.