A Special Tribute To Niki

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Forum topic by cabinetman posted 09-29-2007 01:59 PM 1837 views 1 time favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2007 01:59 PM

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.

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#1 posted 09-29-2007 02:03 PM

You are so right. I am always in awe of his work but don’t always take the time to comment.
Thanks for the reminder.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-29-2007 02:41 PM

I agree. Thank you Niki. You are the epitomy of the frugal and selfreliant woodworker.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-29-2007 04:57 PM

Yes, some of his stuff is great. When you need a jig, or a way of doing something, it’s wise to at least consider WWND. (What would Niki do.)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 09-29-2007 06:14 PM

Niki’s posts are my favourite posts and the ones that I always read! Please keep up the good work Niki. A book sounds like a great idea!

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#5 posted 09-29-2007 07:19 PM

I too idolize Niki’s fresh take and innovative style as a master of both the jig and the blog. I’ve had this graphic sitting around for a while, and thanks to Tom it’s the perfect opportunity to add to this tribute…

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 09-29-2007 09:25 PM

Thank you so much Cabinetman

Well, I don’t know what to say…as you all know, I’m an amateur and I cannot buy many machines,jigs/fixtures and aids because as my wife told me ones…”Hey, it’s cheaper to buy the furniture”, so, I have to “teach” each machine (well, the table saw and the router table) to do many tasks…

I assume that among the forum members, there are many guys like me, restricted in space and budget and my posts are actually aimed to them.

I don’t care so much about the number of replies because not every time there is what to reply except those “very nice” and alike.
I’m posting also on an Italian forum and most of them do not speak English (they make special translation of the text on the pics) so I get 1~3 replies and sometimes zero. But, looking at the “View” number makes me feel good (did I tell you that I started to post on a Brazilian forum).

It does take long time to prepare a post….you know how it is with these “movie stars” (the jigs), you have to tell them how to act and what to say, so, the photo session is long and than the “cooking” and posting but, it’s part of my pleasure and if I helped even one person….”I got my money”...

I read it somewhere
“If you know something and you did not tell to others…It’s like you never knew it”

I humbly receive all your compliments

PS, looking up at my post…not bad for somebody that doesn’t know what to say… :-)

Best regards

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#7 posted 09-29-2007 10:09 PM

Niki… I just have to give you a big hug after that!!! you are very cool. I’m proud to “know” you!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 09-30-2007 12:00 AM

You are the man Niki!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 09-30-2007 12:49 AM

I think you are an O.K. guy Nicki.

If making jigs is your passion then. by all means, persue and share.

p.s. I had a wife like that once. <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 10-13-2007 11:08 PM

I just saw the post on checking for square and I’m still trying to absorb it. Even though you gave the credit to someone else, it’s still fascinating and I intend to think it through. Now, if what they say is true, and I look up all your posts and they’re even half as good as that one, I’m going to owe you plenty of thanks. I too am a rookie and I’ve read more about woodwoking than I’ve done. But, the quality of the information I’ve gotten here just because I can see it in pictures as well as words can not be explained. Thank you in advance.

-- Jim

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#11 posted 10-13-2007 11:38 PM

Ditto from me too Niki! Keep up the good work. I’d also like to thank some of the others who also contribute pics and vids, like Lee J., Tom(mot), WayneC and David just to name a few. You guys are what this forum is all about. There be a cold brew awaiting you if you’re ever in the neighborhood!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 10-14-2007 12:58 AM

Niki: a great job on all of your jigs. You do a fantastic job of engineering what you want to accomplish. We appreciate it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 10-14-2007 01:54 AM

TEN THUMB’s Up to Niki


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#14 posted 10-14-2007 10:18 AM

Thank you so much for your kind words

I would like to note that, around June~July my Photobucket account disappeared and with it, all the older posts pictures but…

If anybody have a request to re-load them, I will, just send me a PM or better, reply to the post something like “niki – reload the pics” and I will take care of the rest


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