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#1 posted 03-08-2013 03:43 AM

Definitely not a silly question. I think most machine based woodworkers do not understand the advantages of a hand plane—I know I didn’t for a long time. My school shop teachers taught us to use machines and it wasn’t until learning to tune and use a plane last year that I began to understand the benefits. The guys above have covered the reasoning very well.

Even if you stay using mostly machines, having a good block plane and smoother will allow a lot more flexibility and precision in your woodworking.

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