> I am a new woodworker, who is building a maple workbench. Since I
> stink at surfacing wood using a hand plane, I was wondering if its
> to smooth/surface it with a router, or if there is some other means
> doing it.
Yes, if you build the proper jigs, you could surface it with a router.
You could also use a belt sander.
This job begs for a fairing batten using a 3/4"x3/4"x1/16"x96"
You rub the back of the angle across the surface.
Aluminum oxide from the angle will mark the high spots that then get
Repeat process a couple of hundred times and you will be ready for a
When your arms feel like they are going to fall off, your top is flat
Using the above hand methods, you can easily get within 0.010" of
Having done the above once on a boat, never again.
I'd take the top to a contract drum sander.
An hour of your time, $25-$40 of your money, and you are done.