I love how smooth I can get a workpiece by using a hand plane. So much more satisfying than sanding for hours when I have a choice as to which way I can go.
My question to you is this: How does one get back to that glass-smooth feel after applying a finish? I think all finishes raise the grain in wood, so what comes next? Do you hand tool experts grab a fine grit paper, steel wool, go for the hand plane again, or something else entirely?
I'd love to know your experiences before I get myself into a corner on my current project. Thank you!