I use a 4 in hand rasp, orbital sander, random orbit sander, and sandpaper. Till it feels nice.
I do exactly what Brown Water Jerry does.
First: I use an inexpensive wood rasp to to the basic shaping and removal of big amounts of wood.
Second: I used a 5" #50 sanding disk in my corded drill. That really removes a lot of material quickly and allows you to shape the neck. I like a traditional rounded neck. Be sure to wear a dusk mask when doing this.
Third: I use a 1" wide sanding strip (actually a 1" belt sander belt turned inside out) to loop over the neck and sand back and forth (sort of like buffing shoes with a towel). I use a 100 grit belt. This method makes the rounded neck actually round.
Fourth: I use a vibrating palm sander to removed all the sanding marks from prior operations.
Final step is hand sanding with 150 grit.
This is a really fast method to fully round a neck and make it smooooooooooth. Application of the finish of your choice and you have a nice, professional looking and feeling neck without a lot of sweat.
Why sand when you can remove most of it with a Chisel?
Well, Sweet, I guess you could. Michael Angelo use a chisel to create great statues.
Nothing wrong with Sanding. I do it.
Chisel = No dust, Fast removal... but chisels have to be really sharp
and because of that you have to be really really careful.
Check out the video I linked.
give it to my dog.
actually, the orbital sander is my paintbrush.
made me laugh :-)
These cost $60-$80 but you will not be disappointed they do all the work except the 220 sanding. They are easy to use and are fast.
I use a mini sanding drum on my dremel until it looks and feels smooth. I don't always do the half moon thing, I let the wood decide; sometimes it is a curvy square.
I use a Y handled vegetable peeler. The kiwi brand from Thailand is my favorite. The ones from Ikea and Kmart are also good.
I then finish off with a random orbit sander.