I read the reviews after already purchasing the item so I thought I would be extra careful with them to prevent breakage. I bought mineral oil to season them hoping this would prevent breaking and wood cutting away in the food due to the wood being dry. Even as careful as I was, the large board still cracked right down the middle. Being that they're so cheap I didn't feel like returning them so I bought gorilla glue and glued the one side of the board (since it's non toxic and won't leach into food). For as cheap as they were and getting 3 boards they're not terrible. I'm hoping the pre treat of mineral oil will help in the long run.