Some beautiful curl in that Cedar! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
The boards are over an inch thick so plenty of meat there for handle material.
I might send in a couple blocks to see how it takes stabilizing.
In the past I would cut thin slices of this to line the bottom of boxes I made.
Then whenever you opened the box you smelled a citrus aroma.
problem with that rack is it is expensive to make. well 10.00 in magnets I finally found them less the 2.00 each They need to be big ones these hold 25# each. it is not hard to make though. but with wood your looking at upto 20.00 without any labor. my wife is blind so this is easier for her then trying to find a spot on a regular knife rack. I have tested this even upside down and it holds the lives well.