I agree with Hammer1 that it is a tool. And, with any tool, there is a proper place and an improper place to use / misuse. Using sandpaper while creating the piece has its place, preparing the piece for finishing is another opportunity. But, if you use modern finishes, sandpaper is often needed for helping to level between coats. You mentioned mineral oil and paste wax, which wouldn't really need sandpaper, but my grandfather would have welcomed some of the newer finishes and used them with sandpaper during the finishing process. He probably would have used it during construction, but he couldn't afford it.
But, that is a very nice piece of furniture.
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