Here we show a simple, straightforward way to make these thin walled oval boxes without the bother of steam bending wood.
The caul press costs little to build and can easily be stored out of your way when you are not using it.
If you do not have a dedicated veneer press, you can still get the job done with common clamps, cauls, and wooden beams, as long as you use enough clamps for adequate pressure and distribute the clamping pressure as evenly as possible.
A few square feet of veneer, a piece of MDF, and a few hours in the shop make for a great chess game. You can make the board any size you like, and put any style border on it.
I came up with an easier way to make large raised panels with continuous grain using veneered MDF and solid wood edging.