I'm making wall-mounted bottle openers with magnets below the opener to catch the bottle caps as they fall after they're removed. The magnets are "rare earth" magnets with a metallic surface. The front face will be veneered (as will the back for balance.) I was planning on drilling a hole in the substrate before veneering and gluing the magnet in before veneering.
I am worried that the veneer will not bond to the magnet if I use a normal veneer glue (i.e. Titebond cold press or similar.) Should I use a different type of glue for the veneering process? Can I coat the inset magnet with something that will bond to both the metal surface and the veneer glue? Should I bond a layer of veneer to the magnets with another type of glue (CA or epoxy) before inlaying them into the substrate?
The panels will be 4" x 9" and the magnets are 1 1/4" in diameter. I am using commercial veneer, thinner than 1/32". The substrate will be 3/4" MDF.