Hello Steve, thank you for those comments its great to hear from someone in the same trades. I use TurboCad now for about 15 years.
The procedure when creating shop floor plans and cutting list I do the following
1. A rough sketch with pencil and paper and gather up information.
a. Size of cabinet.
b. Types of materials I will use in construction.
c. What finish does the customer require?
d. Machining considerations.
e. Then Order the materials required for manufacturing like hinges, handles, door catches , locks , laminates, paint colours , boards and timber if those are not already in stock.
2. My drawing work is done in 3D model space. That is accurate for me. So I will create a model of my cabinet full size in model space. I take care to use layers this is useful when examining my cabinet after assembling.
3. If you look at my section views you will notice I cut grooves into the cupboard sides where the shelf meet the side. To create a groove I subtract solids from one another with the 3D Subtract. That is my main joinery method. There are others Sometimes I will use dowels to assemble a cabinet or mechanical fasteners if I wont to make the cabinet â€œknock downâ€
4. After I have build my model then I use the Drafting pallet to place my plan drawing, elevations, sections and detailing. Drafting pallet does all that for you. Drafting pallet is the most wonderful thing. Time saving.
5. Put in my dimensions and annotation in paper space. Notice I use lots of balloons. That is my connection to the cutting list. ( If I may add here it would be really great if the balloons could automatically identify each part without me having to put in a number )
6. Those parts of the cabinet that will go for CNC milling I select individually then again using the drafting pallet create different views of each component in paper space. That is the information I will give to the CNC machine programmer. I covert to a DWG format and he can use that in his CAM programme for the milling machine.
7. The cutting list. I use Excel. In model space I create a copy of my model. Then I select each part with the selection tool and that give me my size . I put that information into Excel , size , material & quantities. After that I will delete that part in the model copy. So I will go through the whole cabinet. Select the component , document then delete. That way I know I did not leave out any parts. )))) Most times anyway.
8. Print the drawings and cutting list and send for manufacturing
Hope that is useful.