How to Smooth Wood: Choose the Best Tool for the Job

When it comes to wood smoothing tools, it's important to understand what to use, when and why. Use this guide to determine whether sanding, scraping or handplaning will work best for smoothing wood on your finished product.

Handplane Removes Wood
A handplane removes wood by shearing the fibers right at the point of its thin, sharp edge. Though the results can be less dependable, the remaining surface is not torn by abrasion or compression failure, revealing the beauty of the wood’s grain and figure. 
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