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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  • NileRed
    NileRed12 dagen geleden

    Sorry about all the ads. NLdron 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

    4 dagen geleden

    Rn I'm playing with water soap and oil

  • elijahjajah


    5 dagen geleden

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

  • Sarah Chen

    Sarah Chen

    8 dagen geleden

    Cool mate

  • Andrea Fiore

    Andrea Fiore

    10 dagen geleden


  • Andrea Fiore

    Andrea Fiore

    10 dagen geleden


  • The MantisMan
    The MantisManMinuut geleden

    Was the sample paper how to treat a drowning victim with a head, neck, or spinal injury? I recently got certified as a lifeguard and these are some pretty similar steps. I’m not sure tho so someone let me know!

  • The MantisMan

    The MantisMan

    20 seconden geleden

    By sample paper I mean the paper for testing transparency.

  • Santiago Díaz
    Santiago Díaz4 minuten geleden

    38:55 Duuuuude the arm 😳

  • David ojeda
    David ojeda8 minuten geleden

    Genuinely envious of people with a long attention span I can't keep up with projects that take longer then two days amazing work man

  • BeOurBee
    BeOurBee11 minuten geleden

    I get the coolness factor of using transparent wood for windows. But once you're at the point where you're simply stabilizing bare cellulose with acrylic, why not just go with acrylic and skip the wood part?

  • Sailor Moan
    Sailor Moan12 minuten geleden

    oh nice, i also have an eighth of an inch of wood!

  • Sarah G
    Sarah G19 minuten geleden

    he has a smart voice

  • Frankie Estrada
    Frankie Estrada26 minuten geleden

    Lignin balls

  • Maqache
    Maqache26 minuten geleden

    wow, so much effort! if a process like this is someday industrialised (and there are clippings you can get relatively cheap) it would be a pretty nice feature for architecture models.

  • tarık fırat
    tarık fırat39 minuten geleden

    Eline sağlık kardeşim

  • Foster Nelson
    Foster Nelson42 minuten geleden

    Hey! I have an idea for the next video. So my idea is that you could get a slab of glass and turn it into something incredible or use it to make some sort of crazy reaction with chemicals.

  • Beauregard Slim
    Beauregard Slim44 minuten geleden

    So, when is the NileRed KiwiCo transparent ukelele kit coming out?

  • Quacks
    Quacks46 minuten geleden

    smert guy go brrrr

  • Filoso Filero
    Filoso FileroUur geleden

    Yea let's replace your windows with wood thats been treated with ungodly chemicals and let the sun hit that all day... hope the vapors at lest get you stoned before they slowly off ya

  • Muhammad Nur Patra Suharto
    Muhammad Nur Patra SuhartoUur geleden

    just sand the wood and polish it, then you'll get a transparent wood

  • Janek Lipinski
    Janek LipinskiUur geleden

    I took mms for about two months bc I had lyme disease. Every doctor I met, said that I’m gonna end up on a wheelchair but mms saved my life. It doesn’t have to find its usage inside of our body but outside too. For exemple It can heal your feet from warts or tinea. Mms maybe smells like bleach, but works really well 😅😅

  • saju jacob
    saju jacobUur geleden

    i didn't get any ads as i'm using adblocker, just add it as extension

  • Raul Hassiel
    Raul HassielUur geleden

    Next up. Make a transparent wood house.

  • Nick Perro
    Nick PerroUur geleden

    4:27 Gemstone collectors: *First time?*

  • Saucy Boi
    Saucy Boi2 uur geleden

    People in the 1900's: "Were gonna have flying cars in the 2000's" Now: Clear wood go bonk

    THELAZYSKYRIMIST2 uur geleden

    I’m surprised nobody has made a Yugioh reference

  • Nick
    Nick2 uur geleden

    Imagine setting sail across the ocean on a big pirate ship made of this stuff. You look down, see sharks swimming beneath you. Yikes.

  • Necromancer Stud
    Necromancer Stud2 uur geleden

    amazing vid as always

  • Daniela Flores Velez
    Daniela Flores Velez2 uur geleden

    hmmmmmmmm bobby duke arts... yes. a friend

  • IrregularDoughnut
    IrregularDoughnut2 uur geleden

    I was literally fighting omega flowey while I watched this lol

  • Two Dogs AndaMan
    Two Dogs AndaMan2 uur geleden

    You're extremely intelligent. When you going to make video with Cody's Lab?

  • Trever101
    Trever1012 uur geleden

    See through wood part 2 electric boogaloo

  • Sky Red Tea
    Sky Red Tea3 uur geleden

    Next video title: Making a house out of transparent wood

  • Malclaire Erialclam
    Malclaire Erialclam3 uur geleden

    Mma makes good glue and resin.

    Jasmine LEEDLE LEEDLE LEE3 uur geleden

    "and I carefully smashed it to pieces" "I carefully hit it with a hammer" LMAO

  • Gungeoneer The One
    Gungeoneer The One3 uur geleden

    At 33:35, the separation sound, I listened to it like twelve times.

  • Matthew Ferrante
    Matthew Ferrante3 uur geleden

    I love his magic stirring rod.

  • Aurelion Yeet
    Aurelion Yeet3 uur geleden

    lignin balls

  • vi ri
    vi ri3 uur geleden

    Hi! How to make seeds (beans, okra etc) into fine white powder? Thanks in advance.

  • bmx51nx2
    bmx51nx23 uur geleden

    That would also be a really nice shower door

  • pugcrafter00
    pugcrafter003 uur geleden

    You made wooden glass lol

  • bmx51nx2
    bmx51nx23 uur geleden

    What if you sand the wood beforehand so that it's very smooth when you start

  • Mr. Potato
    Mr. Potato3 uur geleden

    Do you need a gasmask or be outside when handling acids?, is it dangerous to do it at home because of the vapors acids leave?. Someone answer ASAP

  • VoodooMcVee
    VoodooMcVee4 uur geleden

    Well, I'm not a scientist, I'm a technician, so perhaps it's just me missing the point here, but... what's the whole point of this transparent wood? Why go all the length to infuse your wood with pmma and get something transparent-ish when you can just pour or extrude the the pmma, get a crystal clear transparent product and be done with it? I mean, it's not like the industry wouldn't have acrylic glass production under control since the 1930's. This is still a nice experiment, though and I salute your resilience in making it work.

  • xXGameCreator93Xx
    xXGameCreator93Xx4 uur geleden

    Craft stores have wood, cheap. I must go.

  • HiPeopleIDKwhatIsGoingOn
    HiPeopleIDKwhatIsGoingOn4 uur geleden

    i know this is a bit irrelevant for this video but the good thing is, is that when you buy something on a video, (although it costs a lot) is that you will need buy less equipment on the further videos since you might already have the equipment for that video so you dont need to spend as much, and it will be faster to make the videos because you dont have to wait for shipping as much.

  • Armyhamster Awesomeness
    Armyhamster Awesomeness4 uur geleden

    "and if you do manage to buy it, you might end up on a list" If you aren't already on a list, you will never be on a list

  • Emiliano Rivera Martinez
    Emiliano Rivera Martinez4 uur geleden

    Un poco de todo

  • Juan Felipe
    Juan Felipe4 uur geleden

    Hey Nile you should read the paper from Nikolay Cherkasov and his colleagues from Warwick University about their "Smar Stirrer", you need that device for future polymerizations :D Awesome video btw!

  • joinul islam
    joinul islam5 uur geleden

    u can just edit the video and remove the ads

  • Eewec
    Eewec5 uur geleden

    A thought about wrapping the last stage in the oven with foil; if your piece of wood is only a bit smaller than the glass plates (or the glass plates only slightly bigger than the wood) the foil could be used to prevent the acrylic from leaking out and also stop it separating from the top piece of glass by filling the space between the glass plates completely. Admittedly, this would make separating the glass plates harder later, so maybe place some thinner wooden pieces (or something) in the edges that can be easily removed so you have somewhere to put a screwdriver tip. Effectively this would be a "bath" arrangement inside the foil. EDIT, later thought, possibly use the foil tape like double sided tape between the glass plates to make the "bath" so there's more chance of being able to take them apart.

  • Epic Gamer Boi
    Epic Gamer Boi5 uur geleden

    My brain exploded

  • timmy
    timmy5 uur geleden

    NileRed backwards is Derelin which is also Propanolol which is used to relax someone and that’s exactly what happens to me when watching NileRed

  • Jack Daly
    Jack Daly5 uur geleden

    Would you ever consider making synthetic ultramarine which replaced the ridiculously expensive lapis lazuli?

  • D xx
    D xx6 uur geleden

    Your insane.

  • Duke Of Vinroyal
    Duke Of Vinroyal6 uur geleden

    Should've flipped the glass 2 hours in .. maybe

  • tonytoes0
    tonytoes06 uur geleden

    Is mma and pmma the same? I knew that pmma can be used to make antibiotic infused beads for implantation into living tisdue

  • SoSolar
    SoSolar6 uur geleden

    Let's give appreciation to how much time he spends to entertain and teach us

  • Seth Sabres
    Seth Sabres6 uur geleden

    Y'all should make Aluminium Oxynitride (also known as Transparent Aluminium)

  • PakuSimp
    PakuSimp6 uur geleden

    I love the Bobby duke arts shirt🤍

  • Luxury Holmes
    Luxury Holmes6 uur geleden

    whats happening in that picture in the book???

  • John Somerset
    John Somerset6 uur geleden

    Brilliant and very well presented.

  • JR A
    JR A6 uur geleden

    You damn bratty genius! Start making rejuvenation potions for us old folks already >;O!!!!

  • Mitch vlog
    Mitch vlog7 uur geleden

    Tamsak naman

  • Proton Electron
    Proton Electron7 uur geleden

    You polarized that large piece that was top treated!

  • idiotburns
    idiotburns7 uur geleden

    make stained glass out of it

  • La Mangouste Hystérique
    La Mangouste Hystérique7 uur geleden

    you can coat your epoxy with polyurethane to prevent it from going yellow

  • Lo Boost
    Lo Boost7 uur geleden

    Using a uv proof clear coat would eliminate the yellowing of the epoxy.

  • dennis de vulder
    dennis de vulder7 uur geleden

    But can you tell me how to dissolve Ligma?

  • Hakan Yıldız
    Hakan Yıldız7 uur geleden

    This guy is just trying to impress Don Eladios

  • Its Voyd
    Its Voyd7 uur geleden

    as a wise man once said Wewd

  • Ashton Jones
    Ashton Jones8 uur geleden

    Good old trusty cube

  • Mote
    Mote8 uur geleden

    I have an idea for a video. Can you try making a "Goo Gone". Canola oil can get sticker residue off but it doesn't work like magic compared to the actual goo gone stuff

  • Martin Fryer
    Martin Fryer8 uur geleden


  • *AA_Ph03n1x*
    *AA_Ph03n1x*8 uur geleden

    Dont get me wroong.. i love your channel. but i can hear homer in the background

  • mucxlx
    mucxlx9 uur geleden

    Can you make Crystal Meth? Or a McDonalds Burger if Meth is too easy

  • mucxlx


    16 minuten geleden

    @timmy Ok, but not for MCDonalds right? Guess it takes like years to get all the ingredients. The whole periodic table.

  • timmy


    5 uur geleden

    He would get taken off NLdron if he made crystal meth

  • Frame Forward
    Frame Forward9 uur geleden

    Does it still behave like wood? i.e. drilling through it, nails, etc.

  • Pacific Space
    Pacific Space9 uur geleden

    Man, this guy really must love scien- Amazon.

  • Hlalakar
    Hlalakar9 uur geleden

    I'm curious what benefits this material has over just plain plexiglass windows.

  • Jonathan Devers
    Jonathan Devers9 uur geleden

    “You might end up on a list” This guy made cancer, I’d be shocked if he wasn’t on a list

  • PurpleChaos123
    PurpleChaos1239 uur geleden

    lignen balls!

  • wawawuu
    wawawuu10 uur geleden

    Because I don't know where else I could ask this: What are some chemicals you considered working with, but decided against due to safety concerns?

  • plainpc124 of something
    plainpc124 of something10 uur geleden

    You chat with Willim Osman

  • The MantisMan
    The MantisMan10 uur geleden

    He always has a struggle with a project in the beginning, but always pulls through to make some of the coolest reactions!

  • Specoups
    Specoups10 uur geleden

    At this point, I don't see any particular use in making this instead of... You know... Regular transparent plastic. The stuff is 87% plastic. Is it even fair to call it "wood" anymore? Anyway, congrats on your infinite amounts of patience, it's mesmerizing to see how much you've got!

  • Te Rez
    Te Rez10 uur geleden

    I didn't think I would watch the whole video but I did and enjoyed every minute of it! It even made me miss highschool chemistry classes 😂

  • Mega Knight
    Mega Knight10 uur geleden

    This is what I thought science would be in 4th grade

  • Nox.INk# Records ❶
    Nox.INk# Records ❶10 uur geleden

    Me: I'm stopping. I'm totally gonna sleep now. It's 4 AM! I have to wake up in 3 hours. I can't keep watching NLdron videos NLdron: wanna see a video about "transparent wood" Me: Stop looking at me like that

  • czx
    czx11 uur geleden

    i have no idea whats ur talking abt but i like it :)

  • Everton Parker-Black
    Everton Parker-Black11 uur geleden

    Could you.. make that ukulele transparent..?

  • jov playz ✓
    jov playz ✓11 uur geleden

    First time seeing niles face

  • Robert Steinberger
    Robert Steinberger11 uur geleden

    Isn't sodium chlorite just tablesalt with O2? Is there no way to make this youself?

  • itz froggy gacha
    itz froggy gacha11 uur geleden

    Pls post on nile blue i been waiting for five months ㋛

  • Antjee
    Antjee12 uur geleden

    Can you make glasses out of this clear wood?

  • Zainab
    Zainab12 uur geleden

    what is the difference between nile red and nile blue can someone explain thank you for replying

  • The Grim Commentator
    The Grim Commentator12 uur geleden

    Idea: you should create your own chocolate from scratch

  • Boco Corwin
    Boco Corwin13 uur geleden

    Wait, you have personalized beakers? Flex

  • Ebonie Jenkins
    Ebonie Jenkins13 uur geleden

    You’re being very negative, I’ve been there before and didn’t realize I was doing it I love your work but know THAT YOU ROCK , YOU ARE AWSOME DONT STRESS ON NEGATIVITY

  • Ebonie Jenkins
    Ebonie Jenkins13 uur geleden

    You’re being very negative, I’ve been there before and didn’t realize I was doing it I love your work but know THAT YOU ROCK , YOU ARE AWSOME DONT STRESS ON NEGATIVITY

  • Ebonie Jenkins
    Ebonie Jenkins13 uur geleden

    Awesome video but the complaining is annoying, lighten up

  • EliteSoldier
    EliteSoldier13 uur geleden

    0:05 Rocking the Bobby Duke merch!

  • David Valian
    David Valian13 uur geleden

    Oh my glob Bobby Duke’s WEWD shirts are everything lol

  • bauke hoeksma
    bauke hoeksma13 uur geleden

    Found an article describing another method that doesn't require to remove the lignine. It might be worth the try for another video;

  • yekta ağra
    yekta ağra14 uur geleden

    20:27 *insert Eren Jäger here*

  • Shrawin Sisodia
    Shrawin Sisodia14 uur geleden

    Ngl but i was worried that you smacking the owen door might have to do something with the failures.