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

    • Zachary Frankow

      Zachary Frankow

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      Rn I'm playing with water soap and oil

    • elijahjajah


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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

    • Andrea Fiore

      Andrea Fiore

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    • Andrea Fiore

      Andrea Fiore

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  2. Graz D

    Graz D

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    Translucent wood...

  3. matolies


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    Since you are trying to replace contents of the wood, why not use a piece of end grain wood? Figuring that as wood absorbs and transfers water easily along the grain, it would be the same with chemicals.

  4. bwaap


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    I think I have a crush on u Nile. Please reject me so I can move on.

  5. Manohar Reddy

    Manohar Reddy

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  6. incarta


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    How many times did he say "to do this" in this one?

  7. G.T. Jay

    G.T. Jay

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    "I basically just got good at shaking it around and looking at it and knowing when it was ready." ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  8. Colin Debrick

    Colin Debrick

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    your videos are really cool and interesting but how are you not on a list for making so many deadly chemicals

  9. Patrick Ugga-Booga

    Patrick Ugga-Booga

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    Nile Red + ElectroBOOM?

  10. AnonymousZRPlayer


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    Hey NileRed! I wanted to suggest a new idea. Can you make sulfamethoxazole biologically?

  11. tubebility


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    So, is the final result, wood, or acrylic, or what?! Also, the giant cube may be siphoning the heat off of the top side.

  12. liquid


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    you could always make glasses!

  13. NotScummy


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  14. adaptabledisease


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    Great, now get started on Transparent Aluminium so we can transport whales through space to talk to alien space probes!

  15. Mechanically Creative

    Mechanically Creative

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    "Ohhhhh, if I only had a brain." Everyone knows throwing an aspirin in lake Superior and taking a sip, is much better for a headache than just taking it by mouth, duuuhhh.

  16. Tools Toolbox

    Tools Toolbox

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    MMA is nasty stuff during it's polymerization process. Inhalation tox. Seems to work quite well though.

  17. William Slade

    William Slade

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    I’d love to see a guitar made out of this

  18. Tools Toolbox

    Tools Toolbox

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    Labs are incredibly expensive to build, especially if they're built up to code for Hazardous Occupancy.

  19. _ Sqrrl

    _ Sqrrl

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    Sanding only in the direction of the wood fibers and not perpendicular to them might help making them less apparent in the final product.

  20. vaguevoices


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    I carefully hit it with the hammer. As one should when working with delicate materials.

  21. Richard Harris

    Richard Harris

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    You can heat polish acrylic. Flash it with a propane torch.

  22. Justin Camacho

    Justin Camacho

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    Candice died

  23. The H A I K U K I N G

    The H A I K U K I N G

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    Transparent aluminum, who knows maybe hes the one who invented it...

  24. Lia Lee

    Lia Lee

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    I don’t know how I ended up here but I’m so glad I did.

    • opzz xsin

      opzz xsin

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      I liked how he's slowly injecting more humor from nileblue :)

  25. 05. AMAN P SUBAIR


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    Can you make spiderman's web fluid for the next video.........u can do it 👍

  26. Jack Taylor

    Jack Taylor

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    I would have used some "cactus juice" for the resin, but that defeats the whole reproduction of the experiment itself I guess.

  27. Sans_001


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    My mom made me Drink mss for many years... I hate her so much why is she such a conspiracy theorist...

  28. LickMy Toaster

    LickMy Toaster

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    The paper probably used 1 mm thick wood because of that problem with the mma sinking down

  29. Mote


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    Copper is in some foods. So if you had pure liquid copper would it be safe to taste?

  30. Chennie Chen Chen

    Chennie Chen Chen

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    I have a lot of Due works this week and here I am, watching this instead

  31. KM11 killer

    KM11 killer

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    Lignin balls

  32. Fusing Platypus

    Fusing Platypus

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    I think you'd see if you kept it under vacuum thru the entire cure process, you'd see those bubbles and cracks no longer become an issue, and much more uniform uptake in the wood. We always keep acrylics and resins under vacuum thru the entire process until releasing from the mold. Alot of your issue with the process I think had alot to do with the cure not being under vacuum. Also, organic peroxide is used as a catalyst for a damn good reason. It is much more volatile, and therefore a MUCH better Catalyst

    • Fusing Platypus

      Fusing Platypus

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      Vibration would probably also work for keeping top and bottom uniform. Vibration and vacuum are idea.

  33. Roger St Hilaire

    Roger St Hilaire

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    Ok so Translucent not transparent..

  34. ytty


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    What if you did small parts behind eachother

  35. moshahriz


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    I think a table made out of transparent wood would be really cool

  36. Iwona Rogers

    Iwona Rogers

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    LOVE your t :) I watch his channel too ;)

  37. Max Rost

    Max Rost

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    For the imperfections on the top side why not flip the wood half way through "cooking"

  38. MrSonny6155


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    I was about to go insane when I saw that this was uploaded a week ago despite having definitely seen this exact video like years ago. Thank god it was just a remake and I wasn't becoming omnipotent.

  39. Kale & Pearl

    Kale & Pearl

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    I liked how he's slowly injecting more humor from nileblue :)

  40. Aryan Ashish

    Aryan Ashish

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    Make Spider-Man’s web fluid next!!!

  41. Aoi Draws

    Aoi Draws

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    Am I the only one that realized he’s wearing Bobby duke arts merch? You have nice style 👍

  42. странный русский парень

    странный русский парень

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    I'd totally have a whole window made out of those just for the aesthetic

  43. Ruby yp

    Ruby yp

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    Anyone noticed the Wewd merch?

  44. Gehtdi anschasau

    Gehtdi anschasau

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    Why would you want to replace glass with a combination of wood plastic and a lot of chemicals? The result is worse, the process is far more complex, and you can't just remelt epoxy induced wood to recycle it. I don't really see any, even potential, advantage over glass. Still a very interesting project, thx!

  45. Bie Yang

    Bie Yang

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    There is a youtuber that stole one of your videos from your nile red shorts and he's golf swing plane coach

  46. Shan Chowdhury

    Shan Chowdhury

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    MMS does kill diseases... by killing you.

  47. walter curl

    walter curl

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    More of your generation should have that never give up attitude. I commend you on your perseverance.

  48. Daniel Brown

    Daniel Brown

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    well dieing would technically cure anything

  49. Robert Freeman

    Robert Freeman

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    A summary of life: “It turned out to be way more complicated than I thought”

  50. elisabethrides


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    I felt the stress with you and was so glad when it turned out so amazing.

  51. fault3k


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  52. Myself, Lakshay Pal

    Myself, Lakshay Pal

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    Save trees.!!!

  53. AGG_08


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    Veritasium: Kiwi Co NileRed; Kiwi Co

  54. Prippandao Tangchareon

    Prippandao Tangchareon

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    I really want to know how people think mms can rearrange your brain

  55. Vixlet


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    Senku is that you?

  56. Udaynath Gouda

    Udaynath Gouda

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    Upload DNA fingerprinting

  57. OneCupOfCoffee204


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    Also, I would be very interested in knowing if those expensive vitamins and supplements actually contain the ingredients and the type of ingredients that they advertise.

  58. OneCupOfCoffee204


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    Have you ever tried to extract mercury from large game fish? It would be interesting to see just how much of it is actually there.

  59. zack st

    zack st

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    Could you try and make water for scratch. Its a big ask.

  60. Helvetica


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    Lignin my ass

  61. James Sarungbam

    James Sarungbam

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    Good one Dr stone....

  62. ThatNikeGuy


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    When using a thermometer you should not have it touching the glass to get a more exact reading

  63. Diana Natrah

    Diana Natrah

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    i want to touch it

  64. samuel3punkt0


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    40:25 "In the future I *wood* like to try..:" .... badumm tsss :D

  65. Rose


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    Cure it in a rotisserie oven

  66. Joshua Johnston

    Joshua Johnston

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    I loved it when he said “I’ll carefully smash it to pieces”

  67. T Cummings

    T Cummings

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    Always interesting and entertaining.

  68. Paul Caruso

    Paul Caruso

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    Would be easier to go for translucent...

  69. David J. Wallace

    David J. Wallace

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    This is cool, but can you turn a sock into chicken parmesan?

  70. Scribe13


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    Where I come from we call it cellulose

  71. Veesha Kanchan

    Veesha Kanchan

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    You have so many cool things

  72. Jeep Network

    Jeep Network

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    Me: *goes to sleep watching NileRed* Me when I wake up: What about opaque wood?

  73. Mary Quindulen Besas

    Mary Quindulen Besas

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    Why did I watched a 40 minute long video?

  74. Cody Marshall

    Cody Marshall

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    Lignin balls

  75. 510Sam


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  76. matthashobbies


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    Not even joking, if you could somehow be able to make larger pieces of wood, you might have a new break through in the electric guitar community via transparent wood guitars! I think it'd be amazing to see a guitar made out of this wood!!

  77. icyfyer


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    If this process can be perfected and streamlined, this would be a beautiful and marketable product.

  78. Sigurd Elch

    Sigurd Elch

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    You have to dissolve the Aza-bisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) in Ethylacetate first to get a time reliable polymerisation and drop this solution into the hot MMA/Acetone solution. So you can choose the end-viscosity of the solution. Fast dropping rate: more chains - lower viscosity. Slow dropping rate: viewer and longer chains and higher viscosity

  79. Biakpuii Ralte

    Biakpuii Ralte

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    Do you have a girlfriend?

  80. Veesha Kanchan

    Veesha Kanchan

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    In 5:20 it looked like mini hurricane

  81. Fajar Hidayah

    Fajar Hidayah

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    ngantuk saya

  82. Veesha Kanchan

    Veesha Kanchan

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    You are realyyyyyyyy smart

  83. LunaScribbles


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    Still can't believe someone would market something that could possibly harm people as a "miracle supplement". And I thought the age of snake oil was over

  84. Kiwi sand

    Kiwi sand

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  85. JustPickAlready


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  86. Kain_Horn


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    How cool would it be actually making Nilered: 9-(Diethylamino)-5H-benzo[a]­phenoxazin-5-on (IUPAC) I don't know any property's of Nilered it might be toxic but isn't that a cool idea?

  87. x1ManSquad


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    All he needs to do is pull a 🙏 n he a alchemist 🤣

  88. Geffenleffen


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    Neat, and informative.

  89. sega


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    Easy just put wood in between 2 pieces of glass

  90. johnny truant

    johnny truant

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    whats balsa?

  91. Hungry Alien

    Hungry Alien

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    I wonder howmuch damage you did to the enviroment for all youre youtube vids.

  92. JackBond1234


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    Preparing plastic with cellulose in it and hoping it stays transparent enough.

  93. _aesthetic


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    These would be fantastic coasters.

  94. mozkito life

    mozkito life

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    What did your oven ever do to you? Thermo Scientific would like a word with you about their warranty.

  95. mozkito life

    mozkito life

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    "OK, students, please get out your standard-issue tungsten cube."

  96. Tamara Sage

    Tamara Sage

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    Wewd :)

  97. Robert S

    Robert S

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    A few suggestions. 1) Did you remove the Hydroquinone from the MMA Monomer? 2) Use PVA as a release agent as it is easily removed in situ or otherwise with water. 3) This whole experiment is pointless. Your trying to get rid of a dog by removing the bark.

  98. New Seager

    New Seager

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    Couldn't you just texture epoxy to give it this look?

  99. don gato

    don gato

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    "I then got out my hammer, and I carefully smashed it to pieces" I thought you were going to smash it with the hammer

  100. John Asbury

    John Asbury

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    So you are using the cellulose from the wood and plexiglass..... Very much like fiberglass and resin... Am I missing something, yes getting rid of the binding agent of the wood allowed it to be bleached.... So your just replacing glass with plexiglass... Please don't think I'm criticizing but I don't get the point