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:
Procedure that I followed:
Procedure that went viral recently:
CBC article on it:
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    dude he is epic. he could get more money but he chooses our joy before his :) liked the vid

  • Sarah Chen

    Sarah Chen

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    Cool mate

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  • James Potter
    James Potter2 timmar sedan

    1:34 that is the most fragile type of wood in the world

  • James Potter
    James Potter3 timmar sedan

    The first pieces r not rly transparent, their more translucent than transparent

  • Michael Meli
    Michael Meli3 timmar sedan

    What about transparent Aluminum?

  • Endurfree03
    Endurfree033 timmar sedan

    I wonder what the largest size piece he can do is? I’d like to try and do some woodworking with the end product just to see what happens.

  • ꧁ZFlying- -fang꧂
    ꧁ZFlying- -fang꧂3 timmar sedan

    w e w d

  • BritishBlueberry
    BritishBlueberry3 timmar sedan

    I drink bleach and after dying my autism is gone!!1!!1!1!1!1!111!!!!!

    L.O.W RUNNER3 timmar sedan

    17:42 i saw that coming

  • Eighthavy Souvannasing
    Eighthavy Souvannasing3 timmar sedan

    This guy watches bobby duke arts

  • Mikawas Found
    Mikawas Found3 timmar sedan

    This is more educational then my teachers lessons she barely teaches

  • Jason Yun
    Jason Yun3 timmar sedan

    Definitely Worth watching

  • Burhanuddin Dohadwala
    Burhanuddin Dohadwala3 timmar sedan

    Life hack watch Nile's vids on 2x speed it works trust me

  • Burhanuddin Dohadwala
    Burhanuddin Dohadwala3 timmar sedan

    I love ur vids but im sorry to say u talk way too slow. I watched this vid on 2x speed and I understood everything

  • MilkBunny
    MilkBunny3 timmar sedan

    Sorry but what’s a stir bar? I see it all the time in your videos and I have tried to research it but I didn’t get a clear answer so I still don’t know what it is.

  • Todd Hoffenberg
    Todd Hoffenberg3 timmar sedan

    Hey have you ever looked into acetylation of wood? Seems like a reasonable challenge and something interesting to test

  • tommy guzman
    tommy guzman3 timmar sedan

    I was looking forward to your next video man! Can't wait to see the lab!!

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  • LordOmnissiah
    LordOmnissiah4 timmar sedan

    There was another breakthrough recently with transparent wood involving adding a chemical from orange peels to make the whole process greener:

  • Isac Wenzel
    Isac Wenzel4 timmar sedan

    this guy could be heisenberg 2.0

  • Sorata Shiro
    Sorata Shiro4 timmar sedan

    Why does it seem like ive already seen this video years ago... Its creepy.... Why was this a weeks ago.. Was this reuploaded.. Dejavu.

  • Rocky Balboa Garalhão Italiano
    Rocky Balboa Garalhão Italiano4 timmar sedan

    I wanted to taste the liquid all through the video One of many reasons Im not a scientist I guess

  • Jay Keni
    Jay Keni4 timmar sedan

    No worries about ads, using SEblack premium. Loved your videos!!!

  • Harnai Digital.
    Harnai Digital.4 timmar sedan

    I was just wondering if it was possible to melt wood. Maybe you should make a video on this topic.

  • Aloha BOOM BOOM
    Aloha BOOM BOOM5 timmar sedan

    Do that to an entire forest

  • Dazzle Clinton
    Dazzle Clinton5 timmar sedan

    Next up : make a transparent steel

  • Mr. Copper
    Mr. Copper5 timmar sedan

    make opaque glass

  • Martian Fish
    Martian Fish5 timmar sedan

    Whats lignin?

  • JM Adventures
    JM Adventures5 timmar sedan


  • parsa akrami
    parsa akrami5 timmar sedan

    your voice has 3 or 4 ending notes at the end of every sentence which they always follow they same order. please pay attention to it and try to give it some variation its so exhausting to keep up listening

  • 21Nate21
    21Nate215 timmar sedan

    I wanna see a transparent tree!

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  • gutter ?
    gutter ?5 timmar sedan

    I like the way nilered says 'thaough'

  • Augusto Luna
    Augusto Luna6 timmar sedan

    That shirt ♥..... I want Dat!

  • Johny Kolk
    Johny Kolk6 timmar sedan

    Congratulations,good job.

    FLUFFY6 timmar sedan

    Nilered Nilered Nilered

  • chaosmastermind
    chaosmastermind6 timmar sedan

    So basically, to make transparent wood.. you must replace all the wood with plastic and then get rid of the wood. LOL

  • Leandro
    Leandro6 timmar sedan

    Lignin sounds kinda similar to Ligma, though the latter is probably not a chemical name. Is there any correlation between them?

  • Leandro
    Leandro6 timmar sedan

    4:04 I mean, you won't have trouble with cancer anymore if you're dead

  • CucumberCowX99
    CucumberCowX996 timmar sedan

    This is aids no cap

  • kim kk
    kim kk7 timmar sedan

    Why am I watching this??

  • Xz36
    Xz367 timmar sedan

    2:14 "at that point it was closer to being paper than being wood" hmmmm so what is Canadian paper made of? Context, obviously.

  • Gustavo Ibarra
    Gustavo Ibarra7 timmar sedan

    Yep! 3am

  • Brandon Peacock
    Brandon Peacock7 timmar sedan

    Is there a reason you didn't use aluminum foil on the attempt at 33 minutes roughly. You didn't even mention you didn't use it that ONE TIME... YOU ARE USUALLY DETAIL ORIENTED BUT I DONT THINK YOU EVEN RELAIZED YOU FORGOT IT AND AS I AM WATCHING YOU DIDNT DO IT..AGAIN!!

  • Brandon Peacock

    Brandon Peacock

    7 timmar sedan

    I'm disappointed bc I believe you would have had it perfect if you would not have just stopped using the foil for reasons I would love for you to reveal or retry since you truly just forgot.

  • Brandon Peacock

    Brandon Peacock

    7 timmar sedan


  • Team NDV
    Team NDV7 timmar sedan

    3:02 minute in germany we call it beer

  • Kazzy
    Kazzy7 timmar sedan

    Is paper basically a thin transparent wood?

  • Elsie Richards
    Elsie Richards7 timmar sedan

    You should make a ukulele out of transparent wood!!!

  • Shayu Kitsune
    Shayu Kitsune7 timmar sedan

    31:40 me who plays Yu-Gi-Oh! Hears the word polymerization I KNOW WHAT THAT WORD MEANS

  • Jonathan Simon
    Jonathan Simon8 timmar sedan

    Couldn’t you try flipping the piece halfway through the time it is in the oven? Maybe this would make for both sides beeing smooth?

  • Ward
    Ward8 timmar sedan

    I love chemistry I really want to be a chemist when I grow up

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  • SGR
    SGR8 timmar sedan

    Good videos, though i feel like you don't use enough intonation, this kinda makes it a bit repetitive. still regardless, very awesome videos

  • Anirban
    Anirban8 timmar sedan

    Legends say that it is still burning

  • pinavinada
    pinavinada8 timmar sedan

    I lost my count of the word "though" LOL! But great job, I like this.

  • István R.
    István R.8 timmar sedan

    Have you tried to polish the earlier pieces?

  • corduroyds
    corduroyds8 timmar sedan

    38:50 boy your arm is VEINY 😳

  • Craig Foster
    Craig Foster8 timmar sedan

    You made a pun

  • FrostVipre
    FrostVipre8 timmar sedan

    You could sell it as privacy glass. Like the the stuff they have for shower doors and the like.

  • Silver Lights In August
    Silver Lights In August8 timmar sedan

    Damn it, I have work in the morning. I can’t be up at 2 watching a 45 minute video about freakin clear wood!

  • Tisha Mania
    Tisha Mania8 timmar sedan

    Nile explaining .. Me only understand the science word and others are going top of my head

  • Riding Nerdy
    Riding Nerdy8 timmar sedan

    Glue multiple pieces together with the grains crisscrossed and make transparent plywood.

  • John Nickolsen
    John Nickolsen8 timmar sedan

    NileRed, I very much enjoyed your video and subscribed. If you ever decide to try this again, don't use the weight directly over the test sample. I believe it may be working as a huge heatsink, and not allowing the test sample to come up to temperature evenly from top to bottom. That may affect the permeation of the material being drawn away from one side to the other. Stay safe, healthy, and happy.

  • Co0INaMe
    Co0INaMe9 timmar sedan

    11:00 aldrich, devourer of gods, saint of the deep

  • Chralz Delvaz
    Chralz Delvaz9 timmar sedan

    41:33 you're so cute.. you look like korean Flower Boy.. Westernized Smarty Lee Min Ho..

  • Wolf Hook

    Wolf Hook

    3 timmar sedan

    Isn’t that stray kids?

  • Vegeta Black potato
    Vegeta Black potato9 timmar sedan

    Wood glass needs glass to be made

  • Gavin Borges
    Gavin Borges9 timmar sedan

    Lignin balls

  • Dathaniel
    Dathaniel9 timmar sedan

    I think you could’ve gotten more reliable results for the top and bottom surface if you had flipped the glass one or more times while it was in the oven. This would’ve prevented the MMA from settling and kept both sides of the wood saturated.

  • Mr Tyler Ray
    Mr Tyler Ray9 timmar sedan

    why infuse wood with plastic when you can just use plastic?

  • Chris Idema
    Chris Idema9 timmar sedan

    Can't you put it in the oven vertically? Won't that make both sides as smooth?

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    ycay ph9 timmar sedan

    wewd merch

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    Erez Kassirer9 timmar sedan

    For the ads: I’m happily willing to watch the adds if you get money for it

  • Matthew Austin
    Matthew Austin9 timmar sedan

    I have been here for 15 minutes, trying to figure out why the heck I subscribed to this channel, not able to look I have no idea what this guy is saying, but he is too interesting NOT to listen!

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    Matthew Austin

    9 timmar sedan

    If everyone took their jobs and hobbies as seriously as this guy does? Can you imagine?

  • mistercr0wbar
    mistercr0wbar9 timmar sedan

    16:07 that's what she said

  • Pandaand TheGecko
    Pandaand TheGecko9 timmar sedan

  • Joker Gwild
    Joker Gwild9 timmar sedan

    How dose it stir it? Turn off and on the stiring??

  • TM P
    TM P9 timmar sedan

    Use urethane instead of acrylic.

  • Sherk
    Sherk10 timmar sedan

    ok so you got a piece of wood (a very very small piece of wood) see through. now what can you do with this that you couldnt do with anything else?

  • Marium Khalid

    Marium Khalid

    9 timmar sedan

    Damn you must be fun at parties

  • soggy nes
    soggy nes10 timmar sedan

    nilered: says lignin, in description of wood me: aahahah ligma

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    Wickety Murph10 timmar sedan

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  • Armando Rodriguez
    Armando Rodriguez10 timmar sedan

    Play it funky WB

  • Daverex
    Daverex10 timmar sedan

    Industrialize this process and it'll be a popular aesthetic in the US and Japan.

  • Frinkin
    Frinkin10 timmar sedan

    thanks, now i know how to make wood see-through

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    sonia mckenzie10 timmar sedan

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  • Nishinoya Yuu, the Ultimate Libero
    Nishinoya Yuu, the Ultimate Libero10 timmar sedan

    all of the failures are very pretty, but they’re not what we’re looking for

  • Rosniel Gonzalez
    Rosniel Gonzalez10 timmar sedan

    Hello Neil, can I contact you by mail? I just have discover a really interesting reacction and I want a lot of people can see it. Since you allready have so many subscriptors, Im thinking the best way is maybe through you? PD: I also leave in a 3erd world country and I don't have the means to do it properly. Thanks in advance

  • Swagaito Gai
    Swagaito Gai10 timmar sedan

    Breaking news: Chemistry expert figures out thinner objects may be more transparent

  • Bardo Hosbn
    Bardo Hosbn10 timmar sedan

    I think the word youre looking for is "paper" You made paper.

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    10 timmar sedan

    How tf is paper transparent

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    majd10 timmar sedan

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  • burnummaster
    burnummaster10 timmar sedan

    Wood is held together by Ligma?

  • J J
    J J10 timmar sedan

    Just a suggestion, but why don't you try flipping it in the oven at intervals? It seems like the problem is it's settling away from the top layer. So make it so that there isn't a "top".

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    Grant Adamson10 timmar sedan

    39:55 The remedy for Dog Bites is a little odd.

  • Lava Pool
    Lava Pool11 timmar sedan

    step one: buy plastic step two: use the plastic

  • satvik chowdary
    satvik chowdary11 timmar sedan

    imagine using tht wood in ur house as floors

  • Ayesha Merrydeath
    Ayesha Merrydeath11 timmar sedan

    33:56 am I the only one who sees the outline of Donald Trump's head? Like if they put his face on a nickle that'd be the outline I'd think they'd use.

  • Superbux45
    Superbux4511 timmar sedan

    When they said the sodium chlorite was a “medicine” they never said you lived from it. So its basically what anti vac moms heal their kids with.

  • It’s Me Tammy
    It’s Me Tammy11 timmar sedan

    You’re super smart and love ur videos and I epoxy but the last time I used it wasn’t dried not even 5 days later but I ended up leaving it in my heating room. Anyways, Vinegar can remove glue, and do so many things. I’m sure you have already tried this... it’s sometimes fun just seeing what works and what doesn’t. 💕☺️

  • anya
    anya11 timmar sedan

    It's cool but like. You need essentially plexiglass and glass to make it and it's not as good as either of them

  • Justin Au Yeung
    Justin Au Yeung11 timmar sedan

    You think you can approach true level with your sad naked caveman eyeball and a bubble of fucking air?!

  • Legoboy604
    Legoboy60411 timmar sedan

    Why do the old pieces of wood all look like weird toenails

  • PJR7
    PJR711 timmar sedan

    Brother you did it! Awesome video. Look forward to more of your experiments!