I spent about the same as FxLynch using basically the same materials. Used 2 (stacked) 12 x 12 floor tiles rather than the 16". Stained it with same stain left from staining a picnic table I built earlier in the summer.
After searching on the internet, I have found the answer to my question. The unanimous consensus of opinion was to discard the meat and scratch this off as a learning experiance. It's cheaper buy another butt than to make a trip to the ER.