While power planers smooth rough stock and reduce boards to uniform thickness, they do not flatten, straighten, or correct cupping, wind or twist. To do this with power tools, a jointer is necessary. Whether power or hand tools are used, the same principles apply. Properly prepared lumber is the first step on the path to professional grade furniture. This video is only a short overview of one version of the process and is intended for people with general knowledge regarding planes and other basic hand tools. This process can be difficult at first but quickly becomes second nature with practice.
Traditional hand tools don't make much noise or dust and require very little space fore use. There are hundreds of high quality woodworking resources online, look around if you're interested in learning more.
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