Flattening and dimensioning boards by hand is the bedrock of hand-tool woodworking. Nothing can teach you more about wood than taking it from rough to ready with a handplane. You’ll improve your skill at reading the grain and sharpen your eye for a true surface. Through repetition, you’ll develop a sense of controlled strength that will benefit every aspect of your work. And once you’ve developed the ability to mill by hand, your projects will no longer be limited by the size of your jointer and planer.