Hand plane requires skill which I dont have. What I DO have is arthritic thumbs making most hand tools painful to use.
Sanding I can do as there isnt any jolts to the hands, but Its very time consuming and I am not good enough to get the surfaces parallel and square. This is the really big issue, I need square in both directions.
I have a dedicated router sled. It takes time, its extremely noisy and even messier, and every time I set it up i just think there has to be a a better way.
Cost IS important, but ease of use and convenience is also a high priority.
I think a drum sander would be the answer, but they are almost as much as a basic cnc router and as I havent actually used either, i'm looking for your advice. Theres no way I'm going to build my own drum sander, i just cant be arsed with all of that, too many times I have bought machines before thinking they would be the answer to my prayers, and have mostly been disappointed.
Is it not possible to just set up a small cnc to cut a flat surface without all the thousand dollar programmes?