Farewell To Niki

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  • Turaj
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2002
    • 1019
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • BT3000 (1998)

    Originally posted by Pappy
    Very sorry to hear this. Please convey our condolences to his wife.
    What Pappy said. He will be missed.
    Turaj (in Toronto)
    "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading!" Henny Youngman


    • cgallery
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      • Sep 2004
      • 4503
      • Milwaukee, WI
      • BT3K

      RIP, Niki. You will be sorely missed.


      • Hoakie
        Established Member
        • Feb 2007
        • 382
        • Iowa
        • Craftsman 21829

        Wow, such sad news. When I first joined this site, I ran across some of Niki's work and was immediately blown away. Because of him I realized that buying a commercial jig/product is not always the best way and usually results in limited options.

        RIP Niki you and your work will continue to inspire me. Please forward my condolences to Niki's wife.
        To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~ Edison


        • SARGE..g-47

          Niki's passing is a sad moment for me also. A while back we passed a few e-mails on thoughts on jig ideas and he appeard not only here but several other sites fairly often. Niki was a very clever WW with safety conciousness always at the fore-front.. a brilliant jig builder and he was the best tutorial man I have encountered in 11 years on various wood-working forums.

          A toast with an empty shot glass (I don't use alcohol anymore) today in my shop in memory of Niki is appropriate. Condolences to the family and see ya when I see ya Niki!


          • toolguy1000
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            • Mar 2009
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            • westchester cnty, ny

            +1 on sarge's comments regarding niki's presence on other sites. as a ridgid forum participant, i've seen many postings from niki that were both informative and entertaiing. there is even a small area of one of the ridgid forum's sections that is dedicated to "niki stuff". he was even a winner of a best tip award @ wood magazine! a true craftsman whose knowledge will be missed.
            there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.


            • aggrex
              Established Member
              • Jan 2009
              • 116
              • PA
              • Ridgid

              Originally posted by cabinetman
              For new members or members that are interested, here is somewhat of a list of his efforts.
              RIP and Thanks Niki..I'm sure he was honored to see an entire thread created on that forum to consolidate his woodworking skills and ideas. Its clear he enjoyed teaching, sharing and educating others to become better.


              • LinuxRandal
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                • Feb 2005
                • 4889
                • Independence, MO, USA.
                • bt3100

                I saw that he had posted last year, after at least one fight, I am aware of with cancer. While no one lives forever, he was one of those people you sure wish would. Whenever I get an idea for a jig, I always hope the spirit of Niki will inspire me.

                I would like to thank him again for his inspiration, and wish condolences to his wife.
                She couldn't tell the difference between the escape pod, and the bathroom. We had to go back for her.........................Twice.


                • Alex Franke
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                  • Feb 2007
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                  • Chapel Hill, NC
                  • Ryobi BT3100

                  Wow, that's so sad. I really respected his work and creativity. He will certainly be missed... Thanks for the update. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and other friends.
                  online at http://www.theFrankes.com
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                  • steve-norrell
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                    • Apr 2006
                    • 1001
                    • The Great Land - Alaska
                    • BT3100-1

                    Sad news indeed! He, and his informative posts, will be missed.

                    More importantly, though, my sympathies and best wishes to his family.



                    • eccentrictinkerer
                      Senior Member
                      • Aug 2007
                      • 669
                      • Minneapolis, MN
                      • BT-3000, 21829

                      I enjoyed Niki's posts. Just last Monday I did a Google search on Niki because I hadn't seen any posts lately.

                      I enjoyed his efforts in 'field expediency'. I'm lucky to have both a a Rockler and Woodcraft store within a mile of my home. I doubt Niki had that luxury.

                      He used stuff he found around to make everything. I followed his project not because I wanted to duplicate them, but to learn different ways to solve shop problems.

                      Spoczywaj w pokoju, Niki. Thanks for all your ideas.
                      You might think I haven't contributed much to the world, but a large number
                      of the warning labels on tools can be traced back to things I've done...


                      • jussi
                        Veteran Member
                        • Jan 2007
                        • 2162

                        Sorry to hear that. By far one of the most inventive guys. Did anyone every chronicle his jigs? Maybe place a sticky somewhere will all of them?
                        I reject your reality and substitute my own.


                        • Lonnie in Orlando
                          Senior Member
                          • May 2003
                          • 649
                          • Orlando, FL, USA.
                          • BT3000

                          CM, thanks for posting the information. I, like so many others, admired his out-of-the box thinking. But, even more, I admired the time and effort that he took explain his work to us. I cherish the interaction that we had.

                          My condolences to his family and friends.

                          - Lonnie
                          OLD STUFF ... houses, furniture, cars, wine ... I love it all


                          • L. D. Jeffries
                            Senior Member
                            • Dec 2005
                            • 747
                            • Russell, NY, USA.
                            • Ryobi BT3000

                            Life is so fragile and so fleeting. A sad but fond goodbye to a great wood worker. We will all miss Niki. Please relay my condolences to his family.
                            Nothin' smells better than fresh sawdust!


                            • newbie2wood
                              Established Member
                              • Apr 2004
                              • 453
                              • NJ, USA.

                              His work was a inspiration for many. I have always enjoyed the details that he put in his posts. Please convey our condolences to his wife.
                              COLORADO DISPENSARY
                              Last edited by newbie2wood; 09-15-2011, 06:14 AM.


                              • ironhat
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                                • Aug 2004
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                                • Chambersburg, PA (South-central).
                                • Ridgid 3650 (can I still play here?)

                                What a more true tribute to Nikki and his family than this thread of all who enjoyed, admired and felt close to though he was a continent away. I really do hope that his wife has the opportunity to read this and that she can feel some measure of pride and peace that his life touched many.

                                Prayers, condolences and blessings to his family.
                                Last edited by ironhat; 02-21-2010, 07:44 PM. Reason: clarity