Making transparent wood

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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!
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  1. NileRed

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  2. Zachary Frankow

    Zachary Frankow5 dagar sedan

    Rn I'm playing with water soap and oil

  3. elijahjajah

    elijahjajah6 dagar sedan

    dude he is epic. he could get more money but he chooses our joy before his :) liked the vid

  4. Sarah Chen

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    Cool mate

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  6. Andrea Fiore

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  7. Bubble kittens Games

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    if you want the wewd shirt he has, go check out bobby dukes art for it and check out bobby's merch shop!

  8. YoRie x3

    YoRie x342 minuter sedan

    How to make transparent wood: -take wood -take out everything that makes it wood -put transparent plastic inside so it basically makes up the whole thing et voilà

  9. 1-800-Dank-Memes

    1-800-Dank-Memes54 minuter sedan

    @ 15:10 jawn look like a piece of butter 😂

  10. Hans de Groot

    Hans de GrootTimme sedan

    It's for sure an interesting video, but too complicated for me. (and or too long). So yes, I admit that I didn't watch all of it. I skipped to the end but then I didn't understand it anymore. I must say though, that I expected something totally different. More in the style of the SEtoos woodworking content maker from Australia, Pask makes. He made a video about real transparent wood, very thin wood shaving. Well transparent in that case is not the exact expression for that. But was wood through what you can see (not read). He made a lamp shade out of it. No chemicals were involved..

  11. Igris

    IgrisTimme sedan

    why -nile

  12. carniver

    carniverTimme sedan

    It's basically not a piece of wood anymore. It's similar to how fossils formed, the original tissue has been washed away, leaving behind only the texture.

  13. Darky Marín

    Darky MarínTimme sedan

    It’s called glass wood that’s perfect

  14. Matthew Martínez

    Matthew MartínezTimme sedan

    We need mercy with the phrase “It turned out to be way more work than I thought “

  15. alexbutalex

    alexbutalexTimme sedan

    is nobody gonna notice HIS SHIRT

  16. Stanto

    Stanto2 timmar sedan

    NileRed: I'm going to revisit transparent wood Also NileRed: THIS WON'T GET THE BETTER OF ME THIS TIME! Well done!

  17. The Evolutionary Deviant

    The Evolutionary Deviant2 timmar sedan

    Comment for the algorithm 👌

  18. Artist LPS

    Artist LPS2 timmar sedan

    7:22 minecrap boy goot capsured😩😩😩 were me gona plae minecrap mow😭

  19. aProphetofRNG

    aProphetofRNG2 timmar sedan

    2:56 Me: What's ligmin? Nilered: Ligminuts edit: I see now it's lignin, my disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.

  20. Enigma OFFC

    Enigma OFFC2 timmar sedan

    Is it possible to recreate the "soup of life" environment where life supposedly emerged in our planet and see if it formed anything?

  21. ツHikōYuME

    ツHikōYuME2 timmar sedan

    Ok genuinely curious, but would you get in legal trouble for making methamphetamine? If not it would be the funniest thing to see you just make meth.

  22. MOZAN33R

    MOZAN33R3 timmar sedan

    10:40 ouh so which round did you managed to punch the color out of it?

  23. Sava Djurcinovski

    Sava Djurcinovski3 timmar sedan

    hey there. awesome video. im not really a chemist, but since looks like you got process right, have you considered prepping wood before process. like wet sanding wood to raise grain polishing making it more flat before treating it . to get better starting point?

  24. DON Disturb

    DON Disturb3 timmar sedan

    Can you make ammonium chloride?

  25. PopeThunder

    PopeThunder3 timmar sedan

    Another transparent wood video?

  26. DanielW

    DanielW3 timmar sedan

    @NileRed Always curious about how the acrylic paint works🤔 Why can they be liquid paint and harden after dry out? What's the difference between hard acrylic plastic board and those paint? Would you make a video on it?🧐🧐 Maybe you can try to make your own acrylic paint in different and use them to draw sth😂

  27. Savethe Climate

    Savethe Climate3 timmar sedan

    Why do you dry the wood if you put it into an aqueous solution afterwards?

  28. Freshness

    Freshness3 timmar sedan

    If u ever find me again you’re very lucky

  29. André Torres

    André Torres3 timmar sedan

    That`s awesome! You are indeed a great scientist!

  30. 360Diablosport

    360Diablosport4 timmar sedan

    Its plastic... All you would have to do is polish it and it will clear up. You are wasting SO MUCH time and energy trying to get it perfect. Just POLISH IT!

  31. The holonet

    The holonet4 timmar sedan

    11:37 that a paper clip in the water?

  32. TheInsanePickle

    TheInsanePickle4 timmar sedan

    When I saw this I thought it was a reuplouf at first

  33. Casual Idiot

    Casual Idiot4 timmar sedan

    "And i carefully smahes it to pieces" Ye this got me laughing my ass of

  34. Purambo

    Purambo4 timmar sedan

    Now burn it!

  35. Stephan Doiron

    Stephan Doiron4 timmar sedan

    Pro tip: Watch the video at 1.5 speed if you want to keep your sanity from listening to this sloooow talker with his excessively long video.... yw

  36. oscar holst

    oscar holst4 timmar sedan

    am i the only one that recognized his voice from tik tok?

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  38. Dr. PWNS

    Dr. PWNS4 timmar sedan

    @NileRed I’d love it if you could do a video on cannabis extraction. Since there are so many cannabinoids and terpenes, and so many solvents to choose from. Personally I’d love to see you try extraction using propelyne glycol to extract.

  39. Manuel Diaz

    Manuel Diaz4 timmar sedan

    Petition to make transparent aluminum from star trek

  40. Manuel Diaz

    Manuel Diaz4 timmar sedan

    aluminium oxynitride

  41. Tensolin01

    Tensolin014 timmar sedan

    Quick question about the aluminum foil. Did you use the dull side on the inside? Because the shiny side should be facing inside. The dull side absorbs the heat and the shiny side magnifies the heat. I didn’t know this till I looked it up to see why the sides were different. So if you were trying to heat it, it wouldn’t help to have the shiny side facing outward. Idk if the paper mentioned what side of the foil to use so idk for sure, but that could be the problem.

  42. Gina Cerulli

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    Remember the kid playing "I'm Yours" on the ukulele? This is him now. Feel old yet?

  43. Nuck3nfuts

    Nuck3nfuts5 timmar sedan

    you should vacuum it with it between the glass and the cube on it

  44. Halamang Singaw

    Halamang Singaw5 timmar sedan

    Lignin balls


    ELIJAH BENAVIDEZ5 timmar sedan

    My two brain cells can not comperhend this @_@

  46. Chexmix6

    Chexmix65 timmar sedan

    25:30 How did I know he was going to use a tungsten cube! XD

  47. Bwern

    Bwern5 timmar sedan

    bro just speak normally god damn

  48. GalactixGX

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    -yeah, well I have liver cancer... can you help me? -ofc here our product will cure you. -thank you very much. how does it work? -it burns the cancer in your liver -yes but how? -you can't have cancer in your liver if you have no liver silly :)

  49. MC Boom

    MC Boom5 timmar sedan

    Is it cellulose?

  50. Miles Kanwar

    Miles Kanwar5 timmar sedan

    Is the wood still biodegradable after all that processing?

  51. Choccy Milk Gamer

    Choccy Milk Gamer5 timmar sedan

    I’m wondering if you can make a virus at this point

  52. Loser - Pacman

    Loser - Pacman6 timmar sedan

    Bro: "Yo your window glass looks dope" Me: "Nah dude I use transparent wood"

  53. Random Harry

    Random Harry6 timmar sedan

    Lignin these balls

  54. luthorkellar

    luthorkellar7 timmar sedan

    So many glass squares had to die for this experiment... was it worth it??

  55. mikin lirou

    mikin lirou6 timmar sedan

    I would leave an Amazon review at least. Btw, I'm new to your channel and I love it. This stuff is right up my alley.

  56. Erin J

    Erin J7 timmar sedan

    The mere process anatomically fool because dragon industrially crack given a dark vase. ad, dapper potato

  57. Cupcake Playz!

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  58. Aaron W

    Aaron W7 timmar sedan

    I would think it could also be because of differential heating from the huge block of tungsten causing the top to be different.

  59. TheOpticalFreak

    TheOpticalFreak8 timmar sedan

    Why couldent you just use table salt?!

  60. Uwiebae 101

    Uwiebae 1018 timmar sedan

    Guy: *wears wewd shirt in video* Me, alsso a Bobby Duke Arts fan:

  61. rpavlik1

    rpavlik18 timmar sedan

    Pretty cool! I have no idea why they're trying to replace glass windows, sand is so common, but hey at least you can now cast your own pmma!

  62. Julien Treize

    Julien Treize9 timmar sedan

    Neil! I love your videos, but please next time you need glass pieces, go to a vitrerie.

  63. The Cruft Creator

    The Cruft Creator9 timmar sedan

    So this is cool. I guess my question from an application standpoint is: if you have to use plastic to make the wood transparent why not just use plastic instead and save all the steps?

  64. Damien Burke

    Damien Burke9 timmar sedan

    22:22 Me: SCIENCE BONG

  65. ProteanPegasusofPetersham

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    jennifer lopez for ur support of $5 wow yes

  66. Agelos Anagnostakis

    Agelos Anagnostakis9 timmar sedan

    next step of course is breaking the painstakingly made wood glass to study its mechanical properties.

  67. ProteanPegasusofPetersham

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    This is truly amazing stuff, I am very amazed.

  68. gargi nagmajumdar

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    What's next on the line transparent air

  69. William Kee

    William Kee10 timmar sedan

    "I think the fix was relatively easy."

  70. Aryan Roy

    Aryan Roy10 timmar sedan

    Make some spectacles next

  71. Games Until Dawn

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    I would leave an Amazon review at least. Btw, I'm new to your channel and I love it. This stuff is right up my alley.

  72. Elise

    Elise10 timmar sedan

    “And I carefully smashed it to pieces”

  73. Im Virtue

    Im Virtue10 timmar sedan

    Me watching.. Nile we will remove something called lignin Me wait I know what that is ME IS SMORT!!1

  74. preetisaggu sayed

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    u know bobby duke

  75. Vinsmoke_Sanji

    Vinsmoke_Sanji11 timmar sedan

    it would be great to see you synthesize 9-diethylamino-5-benzo[a]phenoxazinone (😉) and try to make it fluoresce in different types of lipids to shows the different colours the molecule can take! Great video once again! Can't wait to see the new lab!!

  76. Apex News

    Apex News11 timmar sedan

    Where do you get your hot plates and stir bars

  77. 100wyyy plays

    100wyyy plays12 timmar sedan

    Is it just me or does the one price of wood that is still visible look like Jupiter time stamp is 20:06

  78. 5qd4

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    Can u cook meth for the next episode

  79. 100wyyy plays

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    11:38 rocket copter things plus dog stepping on human equals human on skate board running over a stick with the human throwing a plane

  80. 100wyyy plays

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    10:49 dog stepping on human

  81. 6105 Avneet Kaur

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    omg i never knew he was asian ahhhh

  82. Purrr Eva

    Purrr Eva12 timmar sedan

    can you make a clear metal cutlery?

  83. David Patriot

    David Patriot13 timmar sedan

    can you show us how to make potassium aluminum sulfate mccormick makes it but its been sold out for over a year now

  84. Hobson Dynasty

    Hobson Dynasty13 timmar sedan

    So why not flip it in the oven

  85. Gay Satanic Clowns

    Gay Satanic Clowns13 timmar sedan

    I don't know anything about chemistry but I like it and this is cool.

  86. gotnoshoes99

    gotnoshoes9913 timmar sedan

    When you cooked it in the oven did you take into account how much a 40 pound chunk of metal would alter the heating process?

  87. Yehor Pererva

    Yehor Pererva14 timmar sedan

    As I recall, in the previous video NileRed mentioned that liquid (polymer) penetrates wooden sample better if the cut is made tangential to the direction of the wood fiber. In this video, we see the cut is parallel to the direction of the wood fibers. Is there a reason to use parallel cut in this video?

  88. Ramzis Ramce

    Ramzis Ramce14 timmar sedan

    Since I found your channel, my chemistry side grew and grew (I'm a 10th class student). Thank you so much for doing these videos that are so mind blowing, but somehow you explain everything clearly and understandably 😊💓 I would love if my chemistry teacher would just play few of your videos in class, because it's worth it ♥️😂

  89. Harnai Digital.

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    He explains Problems but when he says *However* I immediately said: Mission Accomplished.

  90. shmeet

    shmeet14 timmar sedan

    _____________Why are you cooling it in ice water?

  91. mayur bhairwade

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    Can u plz make how actually li - battery is made from its ore of lithium


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  93. FBI

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    ok sop where in Canada are from? Toronto or BC?

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  95. Toejam32

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    Oh no

  96. Robert Flask

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    You have no idea how much trouble your channel can get me into, lol

  97. Huehuecoyotl

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    I caught lignin Lignin balls

  98. Danny Mac

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    How about a bathroom door, or a chair?

  99. Nico E

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  101. Connoisseur Destructor

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    I love how this man blows out 40 minute videos plus

  102. RunnerWatch

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    Do a video on “natural flavors” in carbonated drinks.

  103. Toucan Man For Now

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    Toilet paper manufacturers when they learn the toilet paper is going to a school:

  104. Philemon Chiro

    Philemon Chiro18 timmar sedan

    would be looking forward to a video where you extract iron from blood

  105. Andrew Raver

    Andrew Raver18 timmar sedan

    "I then got out my hammer and carefully smashed it to pieces"

  106. Nacho

    Nacho18 timmar sedan

    It depends if I can still eat it. It just depends on the taste for me I really want to taste it

  107. Mary Brown

    Mary Brown18 timmar sedan

    I think it’s funny how people think autism can be “cured” though it isn’t even a sickness, it’s like saying eating crackers will turned your ‘sick’ green eyes to blue eyes. It. Is. A. Genetic. Disorder. And even then people with autism don’t think of it a a disorder and consider it just a different way of thinking (which it is)

  108. Mary Brown

    Mary Brown18 timmar sedan

    I know this is mainly chemistry but... stuff like this bothers me because like in the the fluid is similar to bleach, And no one likes to see a child drink bleach

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  110. Cayden Earll

    Cayden Earll18 timmar sedan

    Mm money shot.

  111. mario dequwayvus

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    woah imagine drawing on it!

  112. PhuckHue2

    PhuckHue218 timmar sedan

    I bet this guy glows in the dark lol