New to forum, fairly new to routing. I will have a shop in the very near future and am contemplating a router table. I have decided to build my own as opposed to buying a commercially built one for various reasons. I like the looks of the table available from Oak Park and may actually use a plan. I have viewed many pictures of cool tables here on the forum and all of this great info has me wondering about the basis for my table idea. It is my intension to build my router table into my workbench top. I was planning a 3 foot deep (or so) long benchtop and planned to use the plate mount approach and use a plate dummy to cover the hole when the router table wasn't in use. Why have I not seen this approach? Is it unwise? Do you need the flexibility to move all the way around a router table? Or do most folks not want to 'work' something like that into their work bench top? I've never had my own workshop, have known people who do and have many "wonderful" ideas of how I want to do mine. I realize that most of my 'wonderful' ideas are probably half baked. But instead of having yet another free standing tool in the shop that you either place strategically or move in order to use, I thought to multi-task the bench top. Thoughts?