Sanding appears to be the favorite way to smooth wood prior to finishing, according to the results of the latest poll on Knots, the user forum on FineWoodworking.Com. More than 4 in 10 of the 981 people who voted said that they use a combination of hand and power sanding. Fewer than 1 in 10 said they usually use only handplanes, scrapers, or both.

The graph below gives the specifics.

The poll is an unscientific (but, we hope, thoroughly entertaining) part of FineWoodworking.Com. There's a new poll posted on the home page.