In my experience the screws are strong enough. You want them as long as necessary to hold the router but if the wood is strong then they will hold the router. Don't forget that the router is held to a plate with the screws.
Thanks Art. I agree, although I wonder if the wood would slog out over time, adding to the vibration and inaccuracy.
I'm probably going to order a plate off eBay for cheap and have a crack. If I don't get it right, I've learned some new things, and I can always go back to the wood.
Having said that, I might try the wood out while waiting for delivery just for fun
That way I can start getting comfortable before I really have to get down to business!
Mrs Fizgig has a few projects in mind (buffet, games storage cabinet, coffee table for starters) to go with the kitchen table I made last year.
Since she's progressing in her interior design course, there have already started to be shifts in how the house is set up, plus moving to a new rental, so it's an excuse to change things.....