i use 18mm oak and walnut mdf veneer to make fire surrounds
i use preglued veneer for the edging as these fireplaces are not suitable for open fires as the glue would melt and the edging would come off they are sold for electric and gas fires,
is there any glue i could put the veneer edging on with that would be ok with the heat off an open fire, i had a women come back and say the edging is coming off when she lite her fire a couple of times, even thou she was told its only suitable for electric and gas fires,
This may require a bit of fine tuning from others but here goes anyway. Using non-pre glued veneer, spread some titebond 2 on both surfaces (it may be just on the veneer, this is where the help comes in) let it get almost dry, then use a household iron to iron the edging on and reactivate the glue. If my memory serves me, this is how it's done and the edging is on there for keeps.
if the iron remelts the glue well then the heat of the fire would probly soften the glue also and the veneer would fail, the fire surround is far enough away from fire for fire and building regs, its just the heat which is making the veneer fail.
I think the heat from an iron pressing directly on the face of the veneer to re activate the glue will far exceed the amount of heat generated by the fireplace. That being said, it sure couldn't hurt to do a little r & d with a controlled experiment just to cover your butt.
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