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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    OrangeActionVor 49 Minuten

    It’s wood not whadt

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    mahogany - I knew a prop maker who made a whole train carriage out of balsa to look like mahogany so they could easily blow it up at the end of the film!

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    Little Wolf TaimaVor 56 Minuten

    Damn that's a lot of work for laminated cellulose

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    Did you use the right side of the alluminum foil? The shiny side keeps heat in.

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    random leinadzVor 2 Stunden

    Its like embalming a tree.. try it on mice or rat

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  • EinsteinTheJew
    EinsteinTheJewVor 2 Stunden

    So if I understand things, you remove the lignin, possibly increase spacing between wood fibers, then fil the space with acryllic......So why not jsut acryllic? why is the wood even necessary?

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    Whats the difference between science n chemistry?

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    Prince WesterburgVor 2 Stunden

    25:17 - "And now you have constructed your own wooden CPU!"

  • Prince Westerburg
    Prince WesterburgVor 2 Stunden

    As a luthier, I thnk you should try doing this with quilted or birds eye maple veneer - the grain structure would be really beautiful and avoid cracking. Balsa is the same family as mahogany - I knew a prop maker who made a whole train carriage out of balsa to look like mahogany so they could easily blow it up at the end of the film!

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    Reuben GoetzVor 2 Stunden

    I've always enjoyed chemistry. i did not, however, expect to find a channel on chemistry that id actually enjoy watching. GJ my guy

  • Slowly
    SlowlyVor 2 Stunden

    imagine how high the wood is

  • qoo zord
    qoo zordVor 3 Stunden

    It's more plastic than wood, so why bother?

  • Christopher Moore
    Christopher MooreVor 3 Stunden

    That was an incredible result. Very much an improvement over the first, and very CLEARly represents the initial goal.

  • Mathew Kahane
    Mathew KahaneVor 3 Stunden

    Have you thought about microperforation?

  • Jaface
    JafaceVor 3 Stunden

    Scientists made transparent wood! All they had to do was chemically remove all the wood from the wood and replace it with plastic.

  • TheIanlincoln
    TheIanlincolnVor 3 Stunden

    I wonder if the top vs bottom issue has to do with how the wood is milled. Most sheet goods have one smooth side and one rough side.

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    fisrtname lastnameVor 3 Stunden

    Dude, you should make a podcast, you have an amazing voice, a good mic and cool experiments you describe so well we don't need the screen

  • The MantisMan
    The MantisManVor 3 Stunden

    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

    Vor 3 Stunden

    By sample paper I mean the paper for testing transparency.

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    Santiago DíazVor 3 Stunden

    38:55 Duuuuude the arm 😳

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    David ojedaVor 3 Stunden

    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
    BeOurBeeVor 3 Stunden

    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 MoanVor 3 Stunden

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

  • Sarah G
    Sarah GVor 3 Stunden

    he has a smart voice

  • Frankie Estrada
    Frankie EstradaVor 4 Stunden

    Lignin balls

  • Maqache
    MaqacheVor 4 Stunden

    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.

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    Eline sağlık kardeşim

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    Foster NelsonVor 4 Stunden

    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.

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

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    QuacksVor 4 Stunden

    smert guy go brrrr

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    Filoso FileroVor 4 Stunden

    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 SuhartoVor 4 Stunden

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

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  • Raul Hassiel
    Raul HassielVor 5 Stunden

    Next up. Make a transparent wood house.

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  • Nick
    NickVor 5 Stunden

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

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    amazing vid as always

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    I was literally fighting omega flowey while I watched this lol

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    Two Dogs AndaManVor 6 Stunden

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

  • Trever101
    Trever101Vor 6 Stunden

    See through wood part 2 electric boogaloo

  • Sky Red Tea
    Sky Red TeaVor 6 Stunden

    Next video title: Making a house out of transparent wood

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    Malclaire ErialclamVor 6 Stunden

    Mma makes good glue and resin.

    Jasmine LEEDLE LEEDLE LEEVor 7 Stunden

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

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

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    Aurelion YeetVor 7 Stunden

    lignin balls

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    bmx51nx2Vor 7 Stunden

    That would also be a really nice shower door

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    pugcrafter00Vor 7 Stunden

    You made wooden glass lol

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    bmx51nx2Vor 7 Stunden

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

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  • VoodooMcVee
    VoodooMcVeeVor 7 Stunden

    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.

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    Craft stores have wood, cheap. I must go.

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    Emiliano Rivera MartinezVor 8 Stunden

    Un poco de todo

  • Juan Felipe
    Juan FelipeVor 8 Stunden

    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!

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  • Eewec
    EewecVor 8 Stunden

    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.

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  • Duke Of Vinroyal
    Duke Of VinroyalVor 9 Stunden

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

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    tonytoes0Vor 9 Stunden

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

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

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    whats happening in that picture in the book???

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    John SomersetVor 10 Stunden

    Brilliant and very well presented.

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    JR AVor 10 Stunden

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

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    Mitch vlogVor 10 Stunden

    Tamsak naman

  • Proton Electron
    Proton ElectronVor 10 Stunden

    You polarized that large piece that was top treated!

  • idiotburns
    idiotburnsVor 10 Stunden

    make stained glass out of it

  • La Mangouste Hystérique
    La Mangouste HystériqueVor 10 Stunden

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

  • Lo Boost
    Lo BoostVor 10 Stunden

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

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    But can you tell me how to dissolve Ligma?

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    Its VoydVor 11 Stunden

    as a wise man once said Wewd