Hundreds of years ago all furniture was made with hand tools. As time progressed the early woodworking machines were used primarily for the larger tasks of milling wood. Creating furniture used many hand tools.
In the world of hand crafted woodworking today, there is typically a mix of machine and hand tools. The very best surface on wood is obtained using hand planes. This part of the maker process is a very quiet and peaceful process. Just the sound of steel cutting wood.