Lots of folks have a whole stable filled with hand planes. Scrub planes, fore planes, smoothing planes, scraping planes etc. etc. This is a wonderful way to get a wonderfully smooth finish on your projects. I have a bunch of planes and often reach for one, I couldn't have a shop without a block plane.
Another route to smoothness is sand paper and the related sanders. I have them too, I have shown my set up for making cutting boards, using both belt sanders and random orbitals. I like my sanders but they are noisy and do kick up a heck of a mess.
A few years ago I added another tool to my shop, cabinet scrapers. They are very useful for smoothing projects and I also have one that is thick and pretty brutal for removing paints and stains. The Wood Whisper has an excellent video here on sharpening your cabinets scrapers, in less than 10 minutes he covers all the bases. I serious recommend this video for you attention.
A further bonus, cabinet scrapers aren't expensive and require no special tools to maintain.
As a further foot note, I use my heavy duty scraper to clean away crud and check for nails etc in reclaimed wood. If I ding the scraper, no big deal. I can't make the same claim if I ding a plane.