My husband has a checker board made by his great-grandfather. It's all wood, and all the squares are different colored wood-light and dark. He's crazy obsessive about it, yet insists on putting it on the sidetable on MY side of the couch. I always set my dishes on it, and he always screams at me for that. Well, he's obviously out of town, and I set my dishes on it last night. When I cleared them away today, sure enough, there's a RING! CRAP! It must be a heat ring, as the bowl wasn't wet. I didn't realize it was hot enough to make a ring. I can't believe this. Does anyone know how to fix this? Is there an oil you can use? Should I try to re-stain it? It looks like it just wore away the stain or something, because the wood looks like the other wood, just lighter. I can't believe I did this.