I dont follow yoir logic. Sawmills have been around for a long time as well - fine furniture makers 200 years ago didn't chop down trees - they bought roughsawn lumber from a sawmill (same as today)
Just trying to offer some positive vibes on a thread where most of the opinions have been that his desire to use hand tools is a bad idea
I don't disagree... However, unless you're growing your own trees like Roy or at the very least visiting the plumber yard on horse and buggy you're cheating.
Nobody is saying he's crazy. Only saying that some of us have had similar thoughts, and we would rather spend time making furniture, not making boards flat. Theses are opinions, not facts. Too often on the internet those are confused.
Best of luck to you. ALMOST EVERYTHING in furniture making can be done by hand, because fine fine furniture has existed a lot longer than power tools.
As others have pointed out there are several hand tool craftsmen out there who have posted YouTube videos on things like cutting veneers. If that is your passion go for it and ignore all of the people on the Internet who accuse you of being crazy.