I never really got into sanding my woodworking projects that well until I started my latest job. Being a Machinist that builds parts for yachts, I often spend a day building a part, and the rest the week polishing it up to a mirror like shine.
The fastest and easiest way to get that level of shine is to hand sand the part believe it or not. Now after spending 30 plus hours sanding a tenacious metal part, sanding a wooden object is childs play. Now I rarely touch my power sanders and sand everything by hand. Its seems strange because my shop time is limited now, yet because it is such a joy for me to be in my shop, the prize is being in the shop, not what I accomplish. My projects are looking better and better because of it too.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"