Saw this butcher block baker's rack at a tag sale in Southampton, MA and purchased for all of $3.00. It was in very good shape overall.
It needed a good cleaning to remove some grease build up. I used Dawn liquid on a wet cloth. My Craftsman orbital sander w/ 60# paper did a great job sanding the water stains and various marks.
After sanding, a soft rag was used to remove any dust and it was ready to stain. I used Minwax Maple and applied two coats.
At this point I could have applied polyurethane, but decided to see how it would survive without it.