My favorite projects are the ones that I think about, set aside for a while, and come back to them. This was my first project that wasn't just a plain old striped cutting board or end grain. This is what began my experimentation with wood.
What you need:
Wood for your "bricks"
Wood for the "mortar"
Waterproof/Food safe glue
Table saw and Cross-cut sled
Spindle Sander (not necessary, but I used one in this project)
Random Orbit Sander
Time and Patience
Please use all appropriate PPE when working with wood.
Step 1: Your bricks
I chose maple for my "bricks" for no other reason except we had a ton of maple. I cut five 2" wide strips that were about 16" long. Set these aside while you cut the wood for your "mortar"