As a newer and younger woodworker, I don't really have the funds to purchase many power tools (with the exception of a drill). So, for my projects, I have been using hand saws and hand planes only. I have run into one big problem. When I buy my 2x4s from Lowe's (the select whitewood boards), they are always in pretty bad shape. I was wondering if anyone had some tips on how to make them square and straight for use on furniture projects? I think part of it is that my hand planes are not tuned correctly and leave big gouges in the wood, but other than that, i'm at a loss!