I used red cedar boards we had left over from panelling our living room. They re rough cut and have been laying out in the garage for a couple of years.
We cut several 35 inch pieces and ripped them into 1/4 inch thick 2 inch wide sticks.
I got all my tools together:
little hand sander, little saw, scissors, sandpaper(various weights), clamp, something small with rounded edges, pencil.
I cut one of the long sticks into two 15 inch pieces, clamped them down and sanded both sides until they where nice and smooth:
before & after :
sanded them down, hand sanded a little with the fine sand paper , rubbed them with lind seed oil and ... voila:
i did the two 15 inch and one 32 inch today before the rain made me quit.
I like them a lot. i might make some to put in my shop.