Taking care of your wood ∞
Butcher blocks, cutting boards and the like which are made of solid wood need to be taken care of.
Before first use, oil it. Use an oil which is suitable for food.. something which you could eat and which wouldn't kill you outright. A vegetable or mineral oil works. I used olive oil, of all things. An oil which doesn't have a scent is probably best. So I probably chose wrong. =)
Spread it liberally across the surface and let it soak in for a bit. Repeat the treatment until you're reasonably satisfied that you're bored of doing this.
Wipe any excess oil off and let it sit for 24 hours or more.
Then repeat the process, leaving it for another 24 hours before you use it for the first time.
Don't ever leave it soaking in water, and indeed don't leave anything wet on it. Wipe and dry it after every use.
Don't subject it to high temperatures or leave it near heat sources.