The method Jim describers, as he states, is performed on many fine furniture pieces. This is a method taught in books and can be seen in Fine Woodworking articles pm construction techniques. The primary reason is to match the drawer fronts to the surrounding material. My concern with 2-by material would be ending up with usable parts after ripping. When I think of 2-by material I think of construction lumber which is often wetter than desired and will move unpredictably when sawn. You may be using the term to describe properly prepared material however and the chance of excessive movement is much less there.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke