Can you plane and finish without scraping or sanding..sure!!! But be prepared to live with the final results.
I think it says it all! Put some glossy finish on
a surface that is not prepared and you'll see why.
A good and flat sanding block is a must in this case.
In the 18th century they didn't have fine quality sand paper like we have yet the furniture is incredibly beautiful.
I'm not sure what they had was really that bad. Shark skin seems
to be pretty uniform.
But the patina that time put on those pieces is unbeatable (and inimitable).
Seems to me there are so many surfaces, shapes, curves, etc. that it would be nearly impossible to just handplane all surfaces.
yep, the surface of a fully carved surface (take a chair) that was not
scraped to an uniform profile is so nicer to look at, reflections
(catch light) plays a central role in that.