I have made two lens boards for my large Indian cameras from left over laminate flooring from when we redid the flooring at our house. It is 8 mm thick and was just right for those cameras. It has a cherry pattern on the front and looks just right on those cameras. Cuts and works easily with power tools.
If i don't have the time to do 'er up right, it's Baltic Birch plywood, a good sealer and flat black paint for me. But I prefer hardwood with beautiful grain and a fine laquer finish.
I figure the ol' gal deserves it.