I finally tracked down the wood I need!!! Hard rock maple! It will arrive tomorrow and I can finally build my design. The wood will be 7 layers or 7 ply, with grain cuts along the width, length and diagonal for durability.
The glue I have decided on on Titebond III wood glue. It is durable and waterproof. I have to check to see if there is a wood press in the woodshop in the ITLL, or else I will have to figure out another method to apply even pressure on the ply for 24 hours.
I have also been working on the art design I plan to laser etch into the deck. This week I will scan it and redraw it on the computer, probably via adobe illustrator.