I am wondering about how to go about it. I am not sure how to set it up as a new too to start with.
Once set up, should I just make a large box and a pocket cut in CC, or create some kind of zig-zag pattern all over the board?
Also, any recommendations for speeds and feeds on this bit?
The simplest would indeed to create a large (but shallow) pocketing operation in CC
the rectangle you use as a selection for that pocket toolpath should be slightly larger than the piece you want to surface, so that it overcuts and you reach the corners (add one cutter diameter to width and height and you are covered)
for surfacing feeds and speeds I crowdsourced a recommendation from the forum folks a while back, and documented it here as a pointer/starting point.