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!
Old video:
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Procedure that went viral recently:
CBC article on it:
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  1. NileRed
    5 dagen geleden

    Sorry about all the ads. NLlike automatically adds a million and I forgot to manually take them out. Refresh the page and you should get fewer ads!

    1. Sarah Chen
      Sarah Chen
      Dag geleden

      Cool mate

    2. Andrea Fiore
      Andrea Fiore
      3 dagen geleden


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      Andrea Fiore
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      Andrea Fiore
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      Andrea Fiore
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  2. Mari Jackson
    Mari Jackson
    4 minuten geleden do a mouse

  3. LLoydsensei
    6 minuten geleden

    Now to transparent aluminum...

  4. Stijn Kloes
    Stijn Kloes
    12 minuten geleden

    theres titanium dioxide in some toothpaste, is it possible to get pure titanium from it?

  5. abhay hemaraj
    abhay hemaraj
    17 minuten geleden

    0:05 Recognize that shirt....?

  6. ÄpflkiachalMitKärtöfflBröät
    17 minuten geleden

    It MMA the same as Cactus juice?

  7. April Michel
    April Michel
    18 minuten geleden

    I knew I remembered the premise from before! You had me confused for a moment thinking I made it up :D Hope this attempt goes better!

  8. Prathmesh Singh
    Prathmesh Singh
    20 minuten geleden

    I love the way u do commentary its so soothing😌

  9. Darkwraith
    23 minuten geleden

    "I carefully smashed it to pieces"

  10. Classix
    23 minuten geleden

    Nice video but holy fuck your repetitive tone of voice is annoying. You use the same pattern of tone for every sentence you say in all of your videos, making them literally unlistenable.

  11. WumpireTeef
    24 minuten geleden

    Just make something that can keep the clear stuff from going to the bottom so like a square to match your wood to keep it in almost like a dam and then I think gravity won’t be able to affect it as much

  12. all in
    all in
    26 minuten geleden

    Okey it's now chickens out of woods😂😂 coz u baked the wood 😋😋😋

  13. A.A Inc
    A.A Inc
    29 minuten geleden

    Too Many Ads.. Tosser

  14. Arian51
    31 minuut geleden

    NileRed: wants a glass substitute and goes through multiple renditions of wood glass to do so. Me noticing the crystal clear acrylic at 24:47 : 👁👄👁

  15. Info's World
    Info's World
    34 minuten geleden

    U r cool bro. I will give u all the support I can. I don't care if the others make fun of me if I support u 👍👍😃😃

  16. sinan shamsudeen
    sinan shamsudeen
    39 minuten geleden

    39:05 - 39:08 felt like a T-Rex

  17. anomonyous
    41 minuut geleden

    "And if you do manage to buy it, you could end up on a list." Oh, Nile. By now, you're bound to be on every list imaginable.

  18. WumpireTeef
    48 minuten geleden

    Replacement for glass but uses glass in all steps

  19. Pikachu_Vlogs
    52 minuten geleden

    Everyone needs this guy in there house hold

  20. JoeMama_69
    52 minuten geleden

    The one thing that I learned from the entire Nilered Channel is that Chemistry takes TIME.

  21. Yoket Gamer
    Yoket Gamer
    52 minuten geleden

    I am proud

  22. Franky
    54 minuten geleden

    Thx Billy your welcome

  23. CandyGodScorpion
    55 minuten geleden

    16:43 That reaction from explosion to the little bubbles forming and spreading was so satisfying to see.

  24. AllSaidNDoneFer
    Uur geleden

    You should try a vacuum bag infusion method.

  25. Grim
    Uur geleden

    Wow you look, beautiful.

  26. Pro. Shyam Manav Fan Club
    Pro. Shyam Manav Fan Club
    Uur geleden

    Hello sir, can you make an oxygen conceator machine with as possible as less resources ? Here in india situation is very bad due to covid-19. People are dying in lack of oxygen and beds in hospitals. Sorry for my bad english...I came to you with a hope..if you can.. please make it..and help humanity.. Thank you.

    1. Pro. Shyam Manav Fan Club
      Pro. Shyam Manav Fan Club
      56 minuten geleden

      @Timothy_133 yes. Thanks

    2. Timothy_133
      Uur geleden

      and he cant make many oxygen concentrator

    3. Timothy_133
      Uur geleden

      maybe you mean oxygen concentrator

  27. boysbo _
    boysbo _
    Uur geleden

    why don't you cook drugs or something tho

  28. Peter VanderMeulen
    Peter VanderMeulen
    Uur geleden

    In terms of making windows, are there significant structural advantages over plexiglass or acrylic sheets that could justify this process? I mean I think it's super cool to see wood like this, but is it going to be a viable alternative to glass (or plastic) windows?

  29. Biscuit Crunch
    Biscuit Crunch
    Uur geleden

    Representing Bobby Duke! Love it

  30. Pu Sawm
    Pu Sawm
    Uur geleden

    Should'nt it be called translucent

  31. Ethan Schaefer
    Ethan Schaefer
    Uur geleden

    " it's been way more expensive then I ever could have imagined" welcome to renovations and construction in general lol, always over budget and behind schedule.

  32. Jędrzej Piotrowski
    Jędrzej Piotrowski
    Uur geleden

    Imagine getting a splinter from it

  33. Evgeniy Zhabotinskiy
    Evgeniy Zhabotinskiy
    Uur geleden

    So, um… What is wood to plastic ratio of the final result? I mean, its wooden texture is undoubtedly cool, but maybe plain plastic is more practical?

  34. Prince Johanne Jalos
    Prince Johanne Jalos
    Uur geleden

    Where is Joe?!

  35. Robert Burke
    Robert Burke
    Uur geleden

    You're not supporting a market. They sell a chemical, not MMS. How people use it is none of their concern or yours. You aren't buying MMS, so you're not supporting THAT. Is there any reason chemicals *shouldn't* be available to common people? If they weren't there couldn't be people like you doing what you do. Stop being so naive.

  36. Garry Wiltson
    Garry Wiltson
    Uur geleden

    My bot to me: 26:40

  37. abdul ghani afandy
    abdul ghani afandy
    Uur geleden

    at 9:00, can someone please tell me why they didnt just make that as paper?, that really reduce the consumption of wood needed

  38. Karuna Satori ASMR
    Karuna Satori ASMR
    Uur geleden

    This is so much better than the Kardashians on the Twitter trending page. I’ve just finished your shorts! You’re great. I learn something new every time.

  39. Gamovie Studios
    Gamovie Studios
    Uur geleden

    New drinking game: take a drink every time he says “i felt”

  40. -[ Bunny Daize ]-
    -[ Bunny Daize ]-
    Uur geleden

    Isn’t the shirt merch from bobby duke?

  41. Swastik Thakur
    Swastik Thakur
    Uur geleden

    I don't know what he is saying but I stil watch his video

  42. Timarus
    Uur geleden

    Hey they aren’t lying it does cure everything with you know death

  43. Álamo García
    Álamo García
    Uur geleden

    I think you could divide the warm process by flip the piece to achieve it at just one

  44. Bogdan Mart
    Bogdan Mart
    Uur geleden

    Ok, but htat's not wood.... I was wondering, why do you want perfectly smooth surface? isn't it the point of wood to be not smooth and with texture?

  45. RoosterCogburnPhD
    2 uur geleden

    I believe the term for a material allowing light through it, but not quite enough to make it clear, is "translucent".

  46. Cameron Fink
    Cameron Fink
    2 uur geleden

    How would using a pressure pot instead of a vacuum chamber affect the results?

  47. BiggieFish
    2 uur geleden

    See, im not very smart. But hearing all these facts and knowledge makes me feel smart.

  48. Motivation Exceeds Me
    Motivation Exceeds Me
    2 uur geleden

    This sounds like an idea cooked up after a session on the transparent wood barbecue

  49. Sunday Pikachu
    Sunday Pikachu
    2 uur geleden

    I need to make transparent aluminum, not transparent wood. I've been talking into my mouse for the past hour, and it's not responding.

  50. Cledot Ikeji
    Cledot Ikeji
    2 uur geleden

    Imagine making transparent tree or fruit, it would be cool.

  51. Babitat 7
    Babitat 7
    2 uur geleden

    Haven’t finished video yet but I wonder if some sort of spinning oven could evenly apply the weight while doing the last step. It’s a fantasy process but given a real industry it could happen.

  52. Garry Wiltson
    Garry Wiltson
    2 uur geleden

    Not gonna lie, this was recommended after i watch markiplier's where youtube sends new viewers from canada

  53. V K
    V K
    2 uur geleden

    Scores the glass, smashes the glass, glass pops off the acrylic just fine. You got trolled by the wood there, Nile.

  54. Frank Blackcrow
    Frank Blackcrow
    2 uur geleden

    I was waiting for the point where you would make something with the wood ?.. yeah never happened., why make if not to se it. Use addblocker, we don't get adds.

  55. Tjesja Vojtjesja
    Tjesja Vojtjesja
    2 uur geleden

    A fugin transparent WOOD. Das not a wood, das a fugin transparent piece of light matter(definietly not dark matter). bruh

  56. t00lnin
    2 uur geleden

    What was the point of using aluminum tape?

  57. TurkeyGoblin
    2 uur geleden

    That 40lb tungsten cube is thousands of dollars. Nile be crazy.

  58. Twipkin
    2 uur geleden

    the small wood spacers are sus 😩

  59. Burger Studio
    Burger Studio
    2 uur geleden

    13:59 he says bad word

  60. Art-by FayLeif
    Art-by FayLeif
    2 uur geleden

    This was really cool. Thanks for this

  61. leonardo medina
    leonardo medina
    2 uur geleden

    nerd, but cool

  62. Rudransh The Pro
    Rudransh The Pro
    2 uur geleden

    “Wait, that’s illegal”

  63. Jeffrey Hannibal
    Jeffrey Hannibal
    2 uur geleden

    finally an actual "reaction" video

  64. nisarg patel
    nisarg patel
    2 uur geleden

    Fun fact cyanide doesn't smell like almonds or tastes like it,it's actually almonds that smell or taste like cyanide and if you consume 5kg of bitter almonds at a time you might end up dead👍,cuz it contains HCN(hydrocyanic acid) hope this helps and if anyone tries it plz do tell me for research purpose

  65. Bryan Mendoza
    Bryan Mendoza
    2 uur geleden

    Did the final version stopped yellowing?

  66. Leonardo Poindestre
    Leonardo Poindestre
    2 uur geleden

    *Don’t make a ligma joke don’t make a ligma joke don’t m-* LIGNIN? MORE LIKE LIGMA

  67. Itz Aqua Ocean
    Itz Aqua Ocean
    2 uur geleden

    him: doing all the hard work me: just sanding wood that has the height of a cm and actually making thin, strong, and transparent wood for 53 hours, 8 minutes, and 22 seconds

  68. Jacob Weinstein
    Jacob Weinstein
    3 uur geleden

    Hey, I was just thinking about how the transparent wood video was my favorite (or at least among my favorites)! So happy to see an update

  69. Joseph Wisniewski
    Joseph Wisniewski
    3 uur geleden

    You missed the best part about the "failed" thicker pieces: the fiber-optic effect. You've got dissimilar materials, one of which has a fiber structure and the other of which is clear and has a high index of refraction. You get where this is going, right? Yep: total internal reflection. Place the end-grain edge of one of thick squares against print, and you should find that you get basically the same effect as you see in ulexite, the bundled fibers serve as a natural fiber optic image relay (which has caused ulexite, and to a lesser extent selenite and satin spar gypsum, to be known as "television stone"). You want to have some real fun, get a 4 inch square chunk of balsa, a thin-kerf saw, and cut yourself some slabs of end-grain. Oh, and you've got a vacuum chamber, try a vacuum treatment after you sandwich the pieces between glass. You might look into alternating pressure with vacuum in your treating process, and again, pay attention to any chemicals that can catalyze the reactions.

  70. Rene Gade
    Rene Gade
    3 uur geleden

    i like science 20% XD

  71. nedderhusen
    3 uur geleden

    I heve one question thoe why not just use clear acrylic

  72. Nova The Fusky
    Nova The Fusky
    3 uur geleden

    Where's Bobby duke in the comments lol

  73. Divyansh Gupta
    Divyansh Gupta
    3 uur geleden

    his Patience level: infinte.

  74. Schnitzel Plays
    Schnitzel Plays
    3 uur geleden

    " I thought the fix was relatively easy " Proceeds to fail 100 more times. Keep up the hard work :D

  75. angry zergling
    angry zergling
    3 uur geleden

    This would be pretty cool to try on a skateboard! Not sure if it would work on a traditional board that's made of seven plies of maple of alternating grain direction glued together, but I'm sure there is a method and process to make a non-traditional but still functional skateboard.

  76. Hex Pool
    Hex Pool
    3 uur geleden

    You know for your first ukulele build and performance and even untuned if wasn’t half bad

  77. World is One
    World is One
    3 uur geleden

    Another guy whose voice doesn't match his face///

  78. Loui Throttler
    Loui Throttler
    3 uur geleden

    I actually met this guy in the street the other week. For no reason at all I punched him in the face and he hit the floor. You should have seen his reaction :o

  79. shuumo
    3 uur geleden

    can you cook 2,5-dimethoxy-4-bromophenethylamine with instructions but pretend youre making diet soda x

  80. Toshinori Yagi
    Toshinori Yagi
    3 uur geleden

    New sub :)

  81. Jon Zuka
    Jon Zuka
    3 uur geleden

    Nile, you should turn it into a factory!

  82. butti fdft
    butti fdft
    3 uur geleden

    Moral of the story: never give up, never lose hope

  83. Brian Cruz
    Brian Cruz
    3 uur geleden

    great videos if you are trying to go to bed fast!!

  84. Mr. Mistoffelees
    Mr. Mistoffelees
    3 uur geleden

    Isn't it more plastic than wood?

    1. butti fdft
      butti fdft
      3 uur geleden

      Nice bobbydukes shirt

  85. KiritoP90 -
    KiritoP90 -
    3 uur geleden

    I can’t wait for another video where distilled water is the answer to everything

  86. Silverback Gorila
    Silverback Gorila
    3 uur geleden

    Sorry if this seems stupid but isn’t this just plexiglass with a matrix inside it for strength Couldn’t you get a way better, cheaper and more consistent piece if you were just to make the matrix instead of trying to remove the excess from wood

  87. WizardofCause Hoc
    WizardofCause Hoc
    3 uur geleden

    Di-chloro-acetate, aka Bi-chloro-acetic acid is a known cancer cure. In fact, its efficacy is so high that if it were in use, Cancer would not be a top 10 cause of death. Barely in the top 20. Unfortunately, it’s not in use because it can no longer be patented. It’s a really old drug. For 80+ years it’s been used to treat metabolic disorders. Not only do we know it kills cancer, it has an excellent safety profile. But no one can profit from it because it can’t be patented. This beautifully simple compound can save millions of families and billions of lives but you’re not worth it. In fact, your death is already a part of the Medical Business Model so don’t do anything out of the ordinary. Anyways, I thought I’d say this because of how similar BCA is to the “magic cure” featured here. Maybe there’s more to it than we know,

  88. Anthony Brown
    Anthony Brown
    3 uur geleden

    Greetings, A message from the Gospel in The Christian Holy Bible. This is the message of forgiveness of sin through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In first Corinthians, chapter 15 verses 1 to 4, the apostle Paul states: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I have preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you, first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. Romans chapter 3 verse 23, informs us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God”. Ultimately it is a redeeming plan set by God, and for anybody who will faithfully trust in his Son will be saved. Romans chapter 6 verse 23, says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. A sinner must recognise the despairing of her or his guilt before God in order for forgiveness to take effect. Every believer must understand in order to inherit the kingdom of God as sons of the king, the reality and foundational truth of sin must be acknowledged, for all who approach the throne of God for salvation. God promises us eternal life, for anybody who departs from sin through the saving faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life which no person could live. Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross ultimately paid the debt we owe to God for our sin. Sin against an infinite God requires an infinite sacrifice; and Jesus died a substitutionary death for the sinner. In short, the works of Jesus paid the penalty of sin through an infinite sacrifice. Only the creator of life has the power to resurrect life after death and is essentially the proof of the power of God. Jesus Christ offers his salvation as a free gift and only be received by faith, despite any works or worthiness on our part. The scripture in Romans informs us, “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. In conclusion, the resurrection of Christ is to bring everlasting life and salvation to anybody who follows him. The relationship between God and man can be restored through his saving faith.

  89. Brandon
    3 uur geleden

    looking at the number of comments this likely will get buried, i remember looking at that paper in maybe 2014 for a highschool paper for my biodiesel class (dont remember the other name it went by for my 2nd year) has the same visuals so at the very least its a republish or update to have been done in 2016 i graduated in 2015 and i remember it was during my junior year toward the end of the year

  90. bonobo bros
    bonobo bros
    3 uur geleden


  91. Carson Hendon
    Carson Hendon
    3 uur geleden

    is that bobby duke arts merch?

  92. Joseph Wisniewski
    Joseph Wisniewski
    3 uur geleden

    In your earlier attempt you most likely used an incorrect ratio of resin to catalyst. Epoxy catalyzes via an exothermic reaction. Heat is generated in proportion to volume, and radiates away in proportion to surface area. Increased temperature accelerates the reaction, so thick castings can "run away". The hotter it gets, the faster the reaction, and the faster the reaction, the hotter it gets. This can result in anything from warped, yellowing epoxy to dramatic shrinkage, fire, and explosion. To compensate, you back off on the catalyst. Chemical contaminants that alter the catalytic reaction can increase this effect dramatically. (Given a sufficiently large vat of resin, a rather small bit of contamination (improperly cleaned stirring rods or vat, or even atmospheric contaminants) can initiate a runaway reaction. You've done three things: thick casting, unknown contamination, and adding objects of unknown thermal characteristics to the batch. You're lucky all you got was warped, yellow epoxy.

  93. Coco Puffs
    Coco Puffs
    4 uur geleden

    Yes officer he’s the guy

  94. Bailey Losse
    Bailey Losse
    4 uur geleden

    What if you made a mini greenhouse?

  95. H.O.P.E
    4 uur geleden

    This is the most tedious process ever. I would not have the patience at all lol

  96. godofwar39
    4 uur geleden

    I actually really like the way yours turned out! As an alternative to windows I feel your wood could be used for privacy windows well!

  97. Umbreona
    4 uur geleden

    fucking love his smile. so genuine you can tell the exact moment of excitement he gets when thinking of checking the result now

  98. Damien Wilder
    Damien Wilder
    4 uur geleden

    please turn sugar into fat

  99. lemòn
    4 uur geleden

    Nice bobbydukes shirt

  100. Nick Thompson
    Nick Thompson
    4 uur geleden

    honestly, the kiwi co thing would be an awesome addition to your channel. You already do a lot of top tier stuff, it would be cool to see you do more kids stuff to get them involved in the "later" stuff you get involved in. Like an entry level NileRed