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Thread: Remembering Niki

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011
    So. Florida

    Remembering Niki

    Some of you may remember our member Niki. He was a very unique individual that enjoyed woodworking and developing jigs and fixtures all shop made with common hardware items.

    I posted this tribute to him while he was still alive:

    I would like to say a special thanks to Niki for the efforts and thinking that goes into his posts. All we see is descriptive pictures and text about a jig or process. What we don't always think about is what he went through to do that. We aren't aware of all the time in developing the idea and all the parts involved. We aren't involved in actually experimenting and using the jig or item through all the trials and errors of working out the bugs. We can't really fathom the set-up for the photography and making pictures that good. We don't think about loading up all those pictures in his computer, and arranging them and then working out all the text that he prints on them.

    And then keeping track of each set of pictures and posting them in correct order. His whole process is really bewildering if you consider all he goes through just for us. I can't think of any single individual that goes to such extremes to offer help or display such creativity, for our benefit. Not only are his posts directed to help in accuracy, but also with safety in mind. His posts and tutorials are as professionally done as anything I've seen on the internet.

    I've read responses to a few of his posts that said something like "They already have a jig similar to that one at XYZ sales". The whole point to his work is to improve work skills and not to go out and spend a lot of money to buy something that you could make in your shop.

    I'll be posting this in other forums, so you can have a chance to read it again.

    At times the responses are minimal. So, I'm dedicating this tribute to Niki, and saying thank you for each and every post and hope that you continue. I keep telling you to write a book. Save the first autographed copy for me.


    For anyone wishing to read the comments to this post, you can see them here.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Southeast Pa
    He was amazing.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i do remember him mike and i think vaughn is working with his widow on a book of his work.. i too asked for one of those books from him when he was still doing ok,,enjoyed talking with him threw email..miss him alot..he will be remembered mike
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I always enjoyed reading his posts.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    I too remember Niki, a real gent.
    And thanks for posting Mike, I hope
    lots of members new and old take the time
    to read your tribute and comments
    on the link you have shared.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    I not only remember him but I also had the chance of applying some of his techniques. He took a lot of effort in making his post so easy to understand that just following them you get a success.
    Best regards,

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    I always enjoyed reading his posts.

    Same here.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    Yep, me too.


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