Making transparent wood

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

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    • Cool mate

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  • That bobby duke tee :D

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  • It looked like solid air

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  • Please make a see-through 🎸

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  • the name sodium chlorite confuses me... sodium chloride is salt and my phone literally autocorrected chlorite to chloride

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  • Can you make napalm

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  • Correct title should be, "making wood transparent".

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  • This is a really cool end result that I could see having many creative applications, but i have no idea why this would be a good alternative to window glass?

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  • 25:35 NyleRed from over a year ago: "It's a surprise tool that will help us later"

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  • Always enjoy your videos! But.... Whenever using a knife, please use the blade away and outwards from you. Not towards you, it saves alot of potential accidents :)

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  • That video was my first ever video I watched of you and I'm so glad I did.

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  • i will make window from this,o ma gad

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  • This is probably a dumb comment but why not flip the glass midway through to try to get 2 balanced sides?

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  • Wood is held together by Ligma

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  • Next time try Microchem SU-8 as a filler. It polymerizes upon UV-exposure and is available in a bunch of different viscosities. I've used in extensively in MEMS research and it creates a super hard and very transparent polymer that is extremely resistant to chemicals.

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  • Did someone say LIGMA???

  • 2:27 NileRed:places wood on glass bowl thingy Me:* *Crab Rave Flashbacks* *

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  • It's funny how i watch these videos even though i don't understand anything

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  • I really dont see how this is an alternative to glass? surely plastic is worse for the environment than hot sand?

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  • You should try to flame polish it. It works wonder for acrylic.

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  • I'm a glass guy your scored lines did absolutely nothing but at least you tried 😊

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  • At what point does this transparent wood become more of a "Ship of Theseus", where basically only a tiny percentile is still wood and the rest is resin and stuff? Like, wouldn't it then be less complicated to just outright use resin and skip the wood?

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  • Hello why don't you extract tungsten- world's strongest metal

  • Did you use to work for nasa or something??

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  • Mad scientist level stuff going on here. Very cool.

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  • While I can in fact appreciate the science behind it all, I have to ask... If, what you are trying to accomplish is create a transparent pane that is stronger than glass... Why not just use Plexiglass, or I am pretty sure that if you use the 'Methyl methacrolate' (my apologies if the spelling is wrong) just by itself (without the wood), the result should be just that.

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  • You’re right, that is unfortunate. Why would anyone want to “cure” autism? Maybe associated conditions, but we autistic people are awesome!

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  • @NileRed, there's quite a difference between epoxy and epoxy. I'm using UV Activated Epoxy, which gives me practically infinite work time unlike the 2 part epoxy, since it only hardens under UV light. You might want to try that. If you are, buy 2-3 different brands as quality varies, some are thicker than others and have weird issues. Also use rubber mats as it allows for cured epoxy to just straight peel off without sticking.

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  • MMA

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

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

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  • Excellent work

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

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

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

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  • 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?

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

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  • The Bobby Duke’s wewd shirt is amazing

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  • 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?

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  • could have tried some Teflon sheets to help release it

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  • Bro I am Bangladeshi

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  • 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?

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  • 4:00 well sure, death cures all ailments

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  • dude wtf

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

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

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

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

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  • This is the Shrek 2 of NileRed sequels

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  • Who else watched to the end

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  • Dr. Disrespect Approves.

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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 ??

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

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

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  • 👍👍

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

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

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  • Making meth

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  • Fun channel 🙌😁

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  • Dang, I wish this vid was in English

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

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  • you did good!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  • 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

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  • cant wait for the window

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  • enough is enough * unwoods your wood *

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    • what do we learn out of this? dont mess with nile.

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  • 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.

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  • It looks amazing

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  • $100?

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  • $100

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • dsadsa

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  • great work man

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • lmao your new lab looks like a drug factory

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  • 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

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

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  • 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

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  • That’s way more plastic than wood now

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

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  • school toilet papers be like.

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  • 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.

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  • I also wish that my work would magically happen.

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • Ok make chocolate for dogs

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