I am planning on creating a table made out of recycled wood planks and I am wondering if it is too ambitious to hand sand the wood planks without the use of machinery. I am on a budget and am wondering what types of tools would be best to hand sand wood?
Hand-plane before you sand. A good sharp plane and good technique produces a very nice finish. Only light sanding required after that.
Don't plane after sanding, the leftover grit will dull your blade.
Other than that, it's about elbow grease.