This section is from the book "The Carpenters' Guide", by Harvey Miller. Also available from Amazon: The carpenters' guide.
Lay the outline of cupboard or case on the wall by marking height and where shelves are desired. These markings or heights can be made on a pole or gauge to get height where it is inconvenient to mark on the wall. Lay out the width and depth of cupboard on the floor. Space the width of doors, casings, drawers, crossbars, head, base, etc. Use casing the thickness of the cupboard doors. Cupboards should extend from the floor to the ceiling, making a short door at the top for a storage shelf. Dotted lines (fig. 50) represent shelves.
Make the draw fronts of 13/16" boards, rabbet the end 3/8" deep and the width of the sides of the draw, allowing for the front to lap over the opening 3/8" to close the crack, then plow the sides and front 3/8" above the bottom, 3/8" wide for the draw bottom. (Fig. 50.)