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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    Vor Tag

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

  • Sarah Chen

    Sarah Chen

    Vor 3 Tage

    Cool mate

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  • Leandro
    LeandroVor 10 Minuten

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

  • Leandro
    LeandroVor 17 Minuten

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

  • A Person
    A PersonVor 21 Minute

    So much work for such... a underwhelming look. Why not just use a 3d printer with transparent plastic since you used plastic for it anyways?

  • CucumberCowX99
    CucumberCowX99Vor 21 Minute

    This is aids no cap

  • kim kk
    kim kkVor 39 Minuten

    Why am I watching this??

  • Xz36
    Xz36Vor 41 Minute

    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 IbarraVor 48 Minuten

    Yep! 3am

  • Brandon Peacock
    Brandon PeacockVor 50 Minuten

    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

    Vor 45 Minuten

    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

    Vor 47 Minuten


  • Team NDV
    Team NDVVor 58 Minuten

    3:02 minute in germany we call it beer

  • Kazzy
    KazzyVor Stunde

    Is paper basically a thin transparent wood?

  • Elsie Richards
    Elsie RichardsVor Stunde

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

  • Shayu Kitsune
    Shayu KitsuneVor Stunde

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

  • Jonathan Simon
    Jonathan SimonVor Stunde

    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
    WardVor Stunde

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

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  • SGR
    SGRVor Stunde

    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
    AnirbanVor 2 Stunden

    Legends say that it is still burning

  • pinavinada
    pinavinadaVor 2 Stunden

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

  • István R.
    István R.Vor 2 Stunden

    Have you tried to polish the earlier pieces?

  • corduroyds
    corduroydsVor 2 Stunden

    38:50 boy your arm is VEINY 😳

  • Craig Foster
    Craig FosterVor 2 Stunden

    You made a pun

  • FrostVipre
    FrostVipreVor 2 Stunden

    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 AugustVor 2 Stunden

    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 ManiaVor 2 Stunden

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

  • Riding Nerdy
    Riding NerdyVor 2 Stunden

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

  • John Nickolsen
    John NickolsenVor 2 Stunden

    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.

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    Co0INaMeVor 2 Stunden

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

  • Chralz Delvaz
    Chralz DelvazVor 2 Stunden

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

  • Vegeta Black potato
    Vegeta Black potatoVor 2 Stunden

    Wood glass needs glass to be made

  • Gavin Borges
    Gavin BorgesVor 2 Stunden

    Lignin balls

  • Dathaniel
    DathanielVor 2 Stunden

    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 RayVor 2 Stunden

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

  • Chris Idema
    Chris IdemaVor 2 Stunden

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

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    ycay phVor 2 Stunden

    wewd merch

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    Erez KassirerVor 3 Stunden

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

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    Matthew AustinVor 3 Stunden

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    Matthew Austin

    Vor 3 Stunden

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

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    mistercr0wbarVor 3 Stunden

    16:07 that's what she said

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  • Joker Gwild
    Joker GwildVor 3 Stunden

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

  • TM P
    TM PVor 3 Stunden

    Use urethane instead of acrylic.

  • Sherk
    SherkVor 3 Stunden

    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

    Vor 2 Stunden

    Damn you must be fun at parties

  • soggy nes
    soggy nesVor 3 Stunden

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

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    Armando RodriguezVor 3 Stunden

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  • Daverex
    DaverexVor 3 Stunden

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

  • Frinkin
    FrinkinVor 3 Stunden

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

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    sonia mckenzieVor 3 Stunden

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    Nishinoya Yuu, the Ultimate LiberoVor 3 Stunden

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

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    Rosniel GonzalezVor 3 Stunden

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  • Swagaito Gai
    Swagaito GaiVor 3 Stunden

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

  • Bardo Hosbn
    Bardo HosbnVor 4 Stunden

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

  • • M Ø C H I I •

    • M Ø C H I I •

    Vor 3 Stunden

    How tf is paper transparent

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    majdVor 4 Stunden

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  • burnummaster
    burnummasterVor 4 Stunden

    Wood is held together by Ligma?

  • J J
    J JVor 4 Stunden

    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".

  • Grant Adamson
    Grant AdamsonVor 4 Stunden

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

  • Lava Pool
    Lava PoolVor 4 Stunden

    step one: buy plastic step two: use the plastic

  • satvik chowdary
    satvik chowdaryVor 4 Stunden

    imagine using tht wood in ur house as floors

  • Ayesha Merrydeath
    Ayesha MerrydeathVor 4 Stunden

    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.

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    Superbux45Vor 4 Stunden

    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 TammyVor 4 Stunden

    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
    anyaVor 5 Stunden

    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 YeungVor 5 Stunden

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

  • Legoboy604
    Legoboy604Vor 5 Stunden

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

  • PJR7
    PJR7Vor 5 Stunden

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

  • Amiel G.
    Amiel G.Vor 5 Stunden

    Never thought is was possible to carefully smash something to pieces. Yet again this channel surprises me! 18:20

  • WILFRED1184
    WILFRED1184Vor 5 Stunden

    I think using an o-ring to dam it up would have helped keep it completely saturated and prevented the porosity. Just my thoughts though.

  • Tom Cameron
    Tom CameronVor 5 Stunden

    I think I'm confused about the purpose of the wood in the plastic if the purpose is to make glass free windows? If you're impregnating the wood with a polymer, why not skip the wood entirely and use the polymer on its own?

  • PJR7
    PJR7Vor 5 Stunden

    Im at 19 minutes... and im literally saying to my screen bro please make them thinner! Is aint going to work! Does the paper say how long you should treat them per step? Just keep trying keep experimenting try new ways and you will get there and learn along the way my friend! Keep your faith in science as Science is the only true god! 😉

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  • Willy Milano
    Willy MilanoVor 5 Stunden

    Nice video! On another topic, you look like McLovin.

  • Salar Zubair
    Salar ZubairVor 5 Stunden

    Sir how to make sles

  • Abby Wetmore
    Abby WetmoreVor 5 Stunden

    I watched Evan and Katelyn do this too

  • Ke-Ning WANG
    Ke-Ning WANGVor 5 Stunden

    He kinda sounds like young sheldon adult voice

  • Peanut butter and Jellyfish
    Peanut butter and JellyfishVor 5 Stunden

    Paperclip 📎

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    Erick LopezVor 5 Stunden

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    WebServer VerseVor 5 Stunden

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  • WebServer Verse

    WebServer Verse

    Vor 5 Stunden

    Boric Acid + Permethrin SFR + Sugar = I Hate Roaches

  • Black Noir
    Black NoirVor 5 Stunden

    make some tertiary amyl alcohol for edible chem

  • Jay Bird
    Jay BirdVor 5 Stunden

    Love the “wewd” shirt lol

  • Aaron Walter
    Aaron WalterVor 6 Stunden

    why did you buy thinner wood when you could just sand the wood thinner. is there a purpose to that?

  • Mike R.
    Mike R.Vor 6 Stunden

    When does the meth cooking begin?

  • Logan Peachey
    Logan PeacheyVor 6 Stunden

    Can you please make some more ferrofluid vials? I have ADHD and I would really love to have one with your ferrofluid in it!

  • Kayla Empson
    Kayla EmpsonVor 6 Stunden

    At this point how much is plastic and how much is wood? haha. Seriously asking haha

  • Nycolas Pierobon
    Nycolas PierobonVor 6 Stunden

    Joe died of lignin 😔

  • GlowMo
    GlowMoVor 6 Stunden

    Your the greatest you stayed up all those hours for us so you can make this video thanks you.

  • joshua arcari
    joshua arcariVor 6 Stunden

    Lignin balls lmao gottem

  • lama khalid
    lama khalidVor 6 Stunden

    me as an Evan and Katelyn fan 👁👄👁

  • Its YourFam
    Its YourFamVor 6 Stunden

    Imagine if you get a project first try

  • Oregon's Riches
    Oregon's RichesVor 6 Stunden

    Last time you cut the wood the wrong way.

  • xMonsterZ
    xMonsterZVor 6 Stunden

    My brain... WILL EXPOLODE!! SO.... MUCH.... INFORMATIONS!!!

  • chief
    chiefVor 6 Stunden

    I see you like bobby Duke arts Wewd

  • Retro Christmas
    Retro ChristmasVor 6 Stunden

    Do a video where you polish the cube.

  • Clint Young
    Clint YoungVor 6 Stunden

    I'm def a new fan.

  • Clint Young
    Clint YoungVor 6 Stunden

    Great job

  • Eli Eaton
    Eli EatonVor 6 Stunden

    I bet you could make a really good meth lab

  • ReighZhor
    ReighZhorVor 7 Stunden

    Just a thought, have you tried to flip it over after the first hour in the oven? That might solve the gravity issue. I suggest 1 hour in because it is 25% of the oven time and if you wait too long, the MMA would set up too much for it to have any real effect.

  • bunnie
    bunnieVor 7 Stunden

    *me having absolutely no idea what he’s saying* 🙂🙂

  • F P
    F PVor 7 Stunden

    Awesome chemistry!