Making transparent wood

Publicerades den 30 apr 2021
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A few years ago I tried making transparent wood and it kind of worked. The pieces that I made were somewhat okay, but I was never really happy with the result.
I finally decided to try it again though!
Old video:
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Procedure that went viral recently:
CBC article on it:
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  • Sorry about all the ads. SEnewss automatically adds a million and I forgot to manually take them out. Refresh the page and you should get fewer ads!

  • This is awesome work, and an absolutely awesome documentary. All the attention is very deserved.

  • Why use sodium sulfite to remove the ligma when bismuth subsalicylate is more effecient with ligma?

  • Excellent work

  • Can we appreciate that he’s wearing the Bobby duke arts *wewd* shirt

  • He: I put it into an oven for 24 h. Me: What happened? Kaboom? He: And they looked exactly the same.

  • Wondering if the the large metal block changes the thermal curing under the block, so the edges cure differently than the centre.

  • I don't know what's wrong with me but I just realized that he removes the stir bar with a magnet. I guess I imagined him awkwardly submerging his hands in glass containers full of chemicals?

  • This is Bobby Duke arts at level 100100. He sees this and goes a wont thaat

  • The Bobby Duke’s wewd shirt is amazing

  • Hi Nigel! I am a 13-year-old and your videos have gotten me really interested in chemistry! is there anything you suggest I buy to get started with chemistry?

  • could have tried some Teflon sheets to help release it

  • Bro I am Bangladeshi

  • But... It's not wood, it's plastic. And why would this have any benefits? You want to replace glass, which is essentially molten sand, with chemically cleaned and plastic infused wood? Please forgive my ignorance but don't we have plenty of sand?

  • 4:00 well sure, death cures all ailments

  • dude wtf

  • 2015: the coolest thing is fidget spinners 2021: lets make illegal transparent wood that shouldn’t exist but does

  • I love how each one of your projects ends up with "but for now, I'm fed up with X"

  • Me watching your videos: the... what ?

  • can't wait until the "I made crystal meth from scratch" video drops

  • This is the Shrek 2 of NileRed sequels

  • Who else watched to the end

  • Dr. Disrespect Approves.

  • Hnnnnngh that cracking noise that the acrylic made made me die a little inside.

  • i wonder if the bottom side good / top side not so good could be resolved by baking the piece vertically rather than horizontally, using 2x4s and c-clamps to apply pressure.

  • I had been hoping for a revisit on this since you last had a pop at it 👍 Thank you 👍

  • Huh. I never realized peroxide was regulated like that here in Canada. We bought 30% food-grade peroxide from the health-food store back in the 90s as an intended-to-be-diluted algae inhibitor for sprouting equipment but I've never heard of sodium chlorite.

  • Anybody else have a heart attack when he cut towards his hand at 23:22 ?


  • Did you notice how it’s posted by Bob McDonald

  • HEY NILE Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and California Institute of Technology have created a metallic glass . ... The new metallic glass is stronger and tougher than steel (and any other material known to man). Its up to you smart man!!! Would u try ??

  • Can I have this, please? or, could you make me one, exactly like it? I'm being serious....

  • When I saw this vid I said "wewd" and clicked the vid and saw bobby duke arts comment 🤣

  • 👍👍

  • Lol! I just seen the oven door slam. I'm the same way with slamming stuff, I don't mean to lol.

  • I expected to see Action Lab dude come in with his vaccum machine lol.

  • Making meth

  • Fun channel 🙌😁

  • Dang, I wish this vid was in English

  • I’m new here; what’s the difference between Nile Red and Nile Blue?

  • you did good!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • HEY RED stop buying glass on amazon lol you have a local hardware store..they have glass..ok too common for ya open a yellow pages and look up stained glass supply! amazon makes enough money and our local bisnesses are perishing

  • cant wait for the window

  • enough is enough * unwoods your wood *

  • Imagine if you could somehow make it so a plant or tree accepted and infused with this so it could create brand new seeds of Transparent Flora. You could Harvest the seeds and make it so you could grow Windows and Greenhouses.

  • It looks amazing

  • $100?

  • $100

  • If Senku Ishigami was real, He'd Subscribe to this channel. I'm sure of it.

  • Neil help me my science competition is next week helppp

  • I would think using a clear PVA glue would be alot easier than the MMA. Might solve a few of your issues anyway.

  • Please point out the safety measures you are using with these concentrated chemicals such as RUBBER gloves. And I recommend a HOOD or OUTDOORS for proper ventilation. You only get one pair of lungs.

  • dsadsa

  • great work man

  • Ok, but.. is it really wood? Isn't it just plexiglass with some wood structure left over from the balsa? Sure it's got wood particles, but wouldn't it be way easier to get the same effect by making a mould of the original wood and then just casting the plexiglass? I know you did a lot of work, but I feel the title (and the title of the paper) is a bit click-batey.

  • I don't know much about chemistry, but is there not a measuring apparatus designed specifically to measure the viscocity of liquids in realtime?

  • Do this with a beautiful piece of driftwood and you’ll have a unique art that will be worth a fortune!

  • lmao your new lab looks like a drug factory

  • Nile: I didn't want it to be yellow because it's supposed to be a replacement for glass windows Also Nile: Grab two pieces of glass to wedge it between

  • Taking out things that make wood wood and add plastic isn't really making transparent wood.

  • For more pressure, move the wood sample to one side of the glasses and a stripe of wood on the opposite side of the glass, then put a weight on top. So you will have the maximum pressure ontop of the sample

  • That’s way more plastic than wood now

  • I was randomly unsubscribed from your channel. No wonder I didn't see this video when you uploaded it. WTF.

  • school toilet papers be like.

  • Probably not going to see this, but I think the solution to your issue with the top surface is to cure the piece vertically. It would require some fabrication, but a vertical container with spring-loaded glass to apply constant pressure to both sides of the wood could keep the faces relatively smooth, or at least concentrating the flaws at the top edge where they could be cut off.

  • I also wish that my work would magically happen.

  • If we mix NaOH and HCl will it be table salt?!!!

  • 2:45 "when i got it out from the next day" *_slams_* "it looked exactly the same" Never thought I'm gonna laugh over a video like this.

  • Translucent is more accurate. Transparent would mean that it is perfectly clear, like glass.

  • I really did just spend 45 minutes watching a man make wood clearer

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  • Ok make chocolate for dogs

  • Nice job! And it seems to be only slightly more expensive than unobtanium!

  • Do you have to use different mixing "capsules" for different solutions? (referring to the spinny thing in the beaker lol)

  • Wood as glass? Good job finding another reason to cut down trees. Great for the environment right?

  • 3:03 Alcoholic To Non Alcoholic Guys: *flashbacks intensifies*

  • are you able to do LSD?😏

  • Natural musician 😂

  • Don't understand science but the vid was cool... Don't bully for being dumb :p

  • Why did you have to take down your old videos, the videos that Patreon supporters at $10 have access to?

  • it's not wood anymore!

  • well you can cure cancer and autism by killing someone so


  • What wood?

  • 14:15 The aluminum foil is preventing UV-light to attack the wood.

  • I love your videos,I learned more about chemistry

  • This guy is gonna turn into an evil genius and all you patreons will be at fault for his new evil lair

  • So cool.

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  • The wood is not 'transparent', its [translucent] DIFFERENCE: you can see through a translucent object, but vision is clouded or obscured. With a [transparent] object, there is no obscuration. thererfore, the wood has become a translucent object.

  • Do you think that a board that was cut perpendicular to the grain would give a better final product? I'm not sure how mechanicaly resistant it would be, but if there was wood that could be cut this thin perpendicular to the grain I'd think the resin would diffuse much easier into it, and the grain wouldn't be as visible, giving a more transparent "glass". Maybe it could even be cut a bit thicker if what I said about diffusion worked? Awesome content, btw!

  • me (knowing nothing about chemistry), the entire last half of the video: FLIP IT OVER IN THE OVEN

  • Is this similar to the cellulose that was used as an early Anerican plastic?

  • 41:59 NileRed theme tune

  • 11:17 the drop made feel bad. Idk it felt so sad :(

  • Bruce weak comparid to my brain

  • You should revisit the uranium glass and make a radioactive prince Rupert's drop. That would be really cool

  • maybe use a vacuum while its in the oven? not sure about the logistics but it might make the top smoother

  • Thats translucent not transparent.

  • the mad lad actually did it