If you have the capability make one out of wood, the best wood species would be maple (rock maple, not soft maple) because of its hardness and lack of open pores, followed by cherry and beech. Oak is good but has tons open pores that could harbor sludge and junk. You have to be careful with exotic woods because a lot of them (bubinga, teak, jatoba, purpleheart, etc.) have natural oils in them that some people have reactions to. They will be great for water resistance and longevity but just be aware of the risks.
There are several studies that show bacteria does not live on wooden surfaces very long and is much safer to use in food prep than plastics (think cutting boards and butcher blocks). For brewing, I wouldn't seal your wood with anything for risk of leaching it into your wort, but just sand it using a fine grain sandpaper (120 first, 220 second, 320 final).