Glass-smooth surfaces, crisp chamfers and precise joinery are hallmarks of fine furniture and best achieved with hand tools.
To be honest, they're a lot of fun to use, too. There is a silence, a lack of dust in the air. There is a more intimate connection with the wood. Every subtle grain change is felt as a board is planed. You come to understand the structure
of the wood. You begin to look at rough lumber with a better
understanding of what lies beneath the surface.