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:

Nile talks about lab safety:



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  1. NileRed

    NileRedMaand geleden

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

  2. Caitlyn Taylor

    Caitlyn Taylor5 dagen geleden

    I have a few questions: 1. Do you wright scientific papers when you discover new things from your experiments? 2. Would you still have to write a paper if you made a video to satisfy the scientific community? 3. If you don't write scientific papers about your experiments, would you ever consider writing one?

  3. Danboomtown 21

    Danboomtown 2114 dagen geleden

    Make Ice 9

  4. Pavel Panibratyuk

    Pavel Panibratyuk18 dagen geleden

    we blocking the ads dont worry

  5. DonnieV

    DonnieV20 dagen geleden

    Hey Nile, was wondering if its possible to extract copper or other minerals from blood? Just curious

  6. Jacinee Pertuset

    Jacinee Pertuset28 dagen geleden

    Hiiii, thank you for helping me make Ferro fluid!!! Also, not to fangirl, but your smile is so so cute and falling asleep to your videos is so easy with that relaxing voice!! 😚😇

  7. monsieurpyrite

    monsieurpyriteUur geleden

    Cool video! My only concern is with the part where he says transparent wood could be one day be used as window panes. If we need to basically replace most of its biomass with polymers why use the wood in the first place? Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems like a lucrative green washing concept for greedy companies because it "seems natural".

  8. Veronica Luer

    Veronica LuerUur geleden

    It looks amazing stop criticizeing yourself

  9. Nahin Hasan

    Nahin HasanUur geleden

    Love your videos...And glad to know You're a Duky too (Bobby Duke Arts for pple who don't get it)

  10. Berkan

    BerkanUur geleden

    I feel like I’ve watched the same 10 minute video 5 times.

  11. originalksd

    originalksd2 uur geleden

    You make great videos BUT you need to change hand gestures when in front of the camera. it's the same over and over again, in all the (youtube suggested) videos i viewed, it stopped me from becoming a sub....

  12. Katie Watker

    Katie Watker3 uur geleden

    when he was searching the room for a weight i said ‘tungsten’ to myself, for like no reason. when he pulled out the tungsten cube my mouth dropped lol

  13. Power5

    Power54 uur geleden

    Transparent aluminum is what we want. Not wood. LOL Amazing patience though. I would have given up after the 20th attempt and bought a small square of acrylic and done some light sanding to it and just been like, "look at this almost perfect clear wood." LOL.

  14. Blue hoodie Animation

    Blue hoodie Animation4 uur geleden

    good, now make transparent meat :D

  15. Flammable Toast

    Flammable Toast5 uur geleden

    I didn’t come here for mixed martial arts 😡

  16. Iftekhar Ahmed

    Iftekhar Ahmed5 uur geleden

    the amount of patience

  17. TheXtravagant

    TheXtravagant8 uur geleden

    F A B R I C

  18. Yeti5299

    Yeti52998 uur geleden

    What’s lignin

  19. Maulik Sharma

    Maulik Sharma12 uur geleden

    New video pls

  20. Mduduzi Dube

    Mduduzi Dube12 uur geleden

    You used the word finicky. Where you from ?

  21. Edin Bushi

    Edin Bushi13 uur geleden

    waiting for that styropro nilered collab of "cleaning Chernobyl"

  22. UrDailyCupOfTea

    UrDailyCupOfTea14 uur geleden

    How did you learn chemistry?

  23. Knuckle Sandwich

    Knuckle Sandwich16 uur geleden

    You shouldve nammed the video transparent wood 2, Eletric Boogaloo

  24. MoonFanKitty Lol

    MoonFanKitty Lol16 uur geleden

    Wait... CLEAR GLASS EXISTS?!?!😮😮😮

  25. Lillievee

    Lillievee13 uur geleden

    yes gacha cultist glass can be and is usually clear

  26. re cover

    re cover16 uur geleden

    Hey Nile, can you do a video on synthetic muscles. Like with nylon and and stuff. Also is there other things that replicate the function of a human or animal muscle.

  27. Sarah Black

    Sarah Black16 uur geleden

    This feels exactly like 4 years as a graduate student in chemistry. "How is it not going to work today differently than it didn't work yesterday?" Good job for persevering. The final product is pretty impressive.

  28. J G

    J G17 uur geleden

    Turn your sweat 😅 into salt 🧂

  29. MysterB

    MysterB18 uur geleden

    Dude this is so cool like I didn’t know you could make wood transparent

  30. Omicron Delta

    Omicron Delta18 uur geleden

    Now turn some biscuits back into their original ingredients

  31. hotdog hq ツ

    hotdog hq ツ18 uur geleden


  32. daniel buckner

    daniel buckner19 uur geleden

    "They clearly still were not transparent." Haha!

  33. Seth R.C

    Seth R.C19 uur geleden

    You should try to test your tap water for Ethanyl Estradiol using a voltammetric method. I would like to understand how it works, but I don’t know where to start. It would be very interesting and would allow you to screen your water for estrogen agonist birth control people say is present in tap water.

  34. Adamn Woo

    Adamn Woo20 uur geleden

    lignin ligma

  35. Gerhard Frame

    Gerhard Frame20 uur geleden

    Why dont just harden some methacrylate without the wood?

  36. Platinumgaming57

    Platinumgaming5722 uur geleden

    @NileRedWait if you take out adds, you don't make any add revenue??? Why don't you want to make by wasting people's time? If you don't find that a good way to make a living, that is another great quality about you.

  37. Peter M. Souza Jr.

    Peter M. Souza Jr.Dag geleden

    dang! you may have been able to create a damn around the bottom plate using clay, to corral in epoxy during drying (to keep the level of epoxy higher than the height of the wood)

  38. Peter M. Souza Jr.

    Peter M. Souza Jr.Dag geleden

    make me a guitar out of transparent wood

  39. Andrew Cooke

    Andrew CookeDag geleden

    That pop at 24:36 was amazing

  40. Craig Wheeler

    Craig WheelerDag geleden

    Nilered, Congratulations on hitting 3 million subs! Awesome job dude!

  41. nasdfghidgf

    nasdfghidgfDag geleden

    You are what my chem teacher wants me to become and cody is what she doesnt want me to become XD

  42. C Pledger

    C PledgerDag geleden

    Something about the phrase, "I carefully hit it with a hammer," is thoroughly amusing to me


    HELLO GAMERDag geleden

    Bhai mai bahut garib hu mera channel yahi hai lockdown mere pass kuch nahi hai bhai kripa karke iss channel ko promote kardo pls bahut abhar ho

  44. Vin

    VinDag geleden

    Could you close the oven a little quieter in the next video? Thanks. Cool video though.

  45. Princess Jean Orfano

    Princess Jean OrfanoDag geleden

    "The top just had problems." My bl conditioned brain: 🤭

  46. DragonBoyTen

    DragonBoyTenDag geleden

    The final result: 39:15

  47. Johnny Bravo

    Johnny BravoDag geleden

    in Dexter's laboratory....

  48. Sean Andrei Silagan

    Sean Andrei SilaganDag geleden

    I just like how 10 of Nilered's newest posts are sponsored, lol

  49. Benis Boi

    Benis BoiDag geleden

    It's a little late to comment, but I was looking through your subscriptions and saw that you're subscribed to IamJakeHill. That, personally, makes me very happy. He's an incredible artist and I'm glad that people, with all kinds of interests, backgrounds and occupations, can enjoy his music too. Wonderful videos, by the way!

  50. Zain Khan

    Zain KhanDag geleden

    What was the thickness of the wood at the end of the last process because you took 1.5 mm thick wood and then sanded it.If its thickness is 1.1 to 1.3mm what was the purpose of taking 1.5 mm thick. wood.

  51. ꪜꪑ • ShreHari

    ꪜꪑ • ShreHariDag geleden

    why u need wood windows when u can use plastic🙄

  52. oofig

    oofigDag geleden

    You should try to make Adderall, Vyvanse or Ritalin that would be cool

  53. Swissfrankie

    SwissfrankieDag geleden

    So... you made plexiglas with extra steps? now more serious... i wonder if you could remove the lignin of larger pieces of wood and use it to build stuff like instruments.

  54. Tarak Karmakar

    Tarak KarmakarDag geleden

    NileRed in 2021:making tranparent wood... NileRed in 2025:making tranparent furnitures with transparent wood and also transparent nails .....

  55. The Real Cali

    The Real CaliDag geleden

    Its 2 am, I'm hyping myself up for my chem course I guess lmao

  56. TheGreatPeru

    TheGreatPeruDag geleden

    I wonder what sort of interesting chemistry he could come up with, just utilizing everything already in his lab, and a packet of ramen seasoning.

  57. Amon Gus

    Amon GusDag geleden

    Damn I just got a pampers advert NLpush knows what’s up

  58. Heliphobia

    HeliphobiaDag geleden

    Whenever he says "Supposed to..." I always think something went wrong.

  59. Error Unknown

    Error UnknownDag geleden

    Next video: making cocaine out of prison razors

  60. Josh Lorusso

    Josh LorussoDag geleden

    turn gasoline into food grade ethanol

  61. Muhammad Yazka

    Muhammad YazkaDag geleden

    Seru bangat ngeliatnya

  62. PreCon Tech

    PreCon TechDag geleden

    We need videos on Graphene!

  63. Äsh da psycho

    Äsh da psychoDag geleden

    Hey Nigel, could you do this?

  64. james hill

    james hillDag geleden

    @NileRed. Check this out. Can you do a video on explaining the information in this news article. I think it would be cool to hear your take and maybe see if you would do an attempt on it

  65. Verso Armament Company

    Verso Armament CompanyDag geleden

    Great video

  66. Roman Hama

    Roman HamaDag geleden

    Fake news!!

  67. Ahmed Ghazal

    Ahmed GhazalDag geleden

    I love you for this!!!

  68. Reborn

    RebornDag geleden

    bro when will you share how to make nicotine ?

  69. Billy Boy

    Billy BoyDag geleden


  70. mellow_mallow

    mellow_mallowDag geleden

    Honestly yellow windows wouldn't bother me too much, lots of store windows where I grew up were just green plastic Plus, wooden windows that you can see through sound really cool

  71. J G

    J GDag geleden

    Make a video on how to create Sildenafil (Viagra)

  72. PeachJugo

    PeachJugo2 dagen geleden

    when you mentioned mms my partner shot up from their nap and had war flashbacks to the time they were a caretaker for a kid with autism and one of his classmates took mms everyday…

  73. swapnil londhe

    swapnil londhe2 dagen geleden

    Can you cook meth 😂

  74. Nithiyasanjana Karnam

    Nithiyasanjana Karnam2 dagen geleden

    The way he said that he "carefully smashed it to pieces"

  75. wee nest

    wee nest2 dagen geleden

    Make meth

  76. Ancy Joji

    Ancy Joji2 dagen geleden

    how can you carefully smash something?

  77. BrandEver

    BrandEver2 dagen geleden

    Hmm I bet Peter Brown would have some insights that may help you with this process

  78. andy kohn

    andy kohn2 dagen geleden

    Transparent aluminun please :)

  79. Levi Workman

    Levi Workman2 dagen geleden

    This guy is the real life version of the Skyrim alchemy exploit.

  80. Bea Hopes

    Bea Hopes2 dagen geleden

    3:01 ah yes, forbidden beer

  81. TokyoTeddyBear

    TokyoTeddyBear2 dagen geleden

    Some of the coolest stuff I've ever seen!

  82. G USD DBS

    G USD DBS2 dagen geleden

    Make N-Methyl-N-ethyltryptamine just cause

  83. Drimi

    Drimi2 dagen geleden

    Love that Bobby duke merch :) wish I could make transparent wood lol

  84. Timothy Quinn

    Timothy Quinn2 dagen geleden

    I believe that MMA is what woodworks use to make resin stabilized wood.

  85. Nilesh Agrawal

    Nilesh Agrawal2 dagen geleden

    why the fuck NLpush wants me to watch a transparent wood video ?!! Like what the heck man ! I don't want to watch it... period I even "not interested" it !!!

  86. Watermelon_Kittens634

    Watermelon_Kittens6342 dagen geleden

    The Support System Of All Chemistry: *Distilled Water*

  87. Kris H

    Kris H2 dagen geleden

    Just found your channel. You are literally the only person I think I've let the commercials play for. Just so you get cash for the effort

  88. Rodrigo Herrera

    Rodrigo Herrera2 dagen geleden

    Hi !! I have seen many videos about brick made with recycled plastic. Maybe you can do a video about how to make something similar in home. It will be very useful for many of us.

  89. that one guy in the back of the class

    that one guy in the back of the class2 dagen geleden

    42:18 I like how it says ages 14 - 104

  90. PurpleAsherr

    PurpleAsherr2 dagen geleden

    That circular saw sounds like a baby screaming, but in a deep volume

  91. Luis Gustavo

    Luis Gustavo2 dagen geleden

    I want to live in the same world as Nile, where a paper on making transparent wood can be referred to as "viral"

  92. Moey

    Moey2 dagen geleden


  93. ilysmeggsy

    ilysmeggsy2 dagen geleden

    That's pretty smeggsy

  94. iluomopeloso

    iluomopeloso2 dagen geleden

    The rough patches on the top surface are resin starved spots. In aircraft composites, we (try to) prevent this by bagging the top surface and pulling vacuum during the cure cycle. Also, an autoclave instead of an oven will help.

  95. Joe The viking

    Joe The viking2 dagen geleden

    You should synthesis iron from blood

  96. Officer Cat

    Officer Cat2 dagen geleden

    pls add subtitles

  97. Ferrex Inc.

    Ferrex Inc.3 dagen geleden

    Welp, this channel is ruined now since he’s posting on Snapchat instead of NLpush. Too many ads over there smh

  98. Vanilla potaeto

    Vanilla potaeto3 dagen geleden

    14:55 (ignore)

  99. Mars :

    Mars :3 dagen geleden

    Lignin these bañls

  100. Steven Kral

    Steven Kral3 dagen geleden

    Can you make dextromethorphan from scratch

  101. Joel Ling Zhe Xuan

    Joel Ling Zhe Xuan3 dagen geleden

    Pls upload

  102. c soul

    c soul3 dagen geleden

    This would be pretty cool to do on a larger scale and make guitars out of the clear wood. Even the step before that where it was translucent would be cool to make a hollow body guitar and have LED lights inside

  103. Elliott Rock

    Elliott Rock3 dagen geleden

    I think it is called translucent not transparent

  104. Levi Wageley

    Levi Wageley3 dagen geleden

    Or you could flip it half way through

  105. Levi Wageley

    Levi Wageley3 dagen geleden

    I think I might know a way for it to equalize try to spin it when it is in the oven

  106. Everyday astronaut fan

    Everyday astronaut fan3 dagen geleden

    I made a budget perfume tho