This is the plan and mock-up I did in Sketchup for my son’s art table for xmas. It took quite a few hours as I am OK, but not proficient with Sketchup ( although I’m much better after this project ).
I rough sketched the original with graph paper as I usually do to work out what’s in my head, but I saved the detail for Sketchup. So I figure I spent 3-4 hours with paper and 8 hours with Sketchup as opposed to 5 hours total on paper. The 2 big advantages were I was able to catch some show-topper mistakes in Sketchup that I would’ve missed ( I maybe would’ve caught them during 1st cut ) and it did my cut list for me (with a plugin and about extra 45 minutes of tinkering ).