Lee Valley - Mitre Box Guides (Rating: 1)

Lee Valley is an interesting company. They have some of the most useful, well made tools of any company I've ever dealt with. They also have a significant collection of well made gimmicky crap, which I think are products that are solutions looking for a problem, pre-destined to be thrown into a kitchen or shop junk drawer and forgotten (eg. http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=76247&cat=52&ap=1 or http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=75862&cat=51&ap=1)

I've mostly been able to avoid these consumer traps when buying from them, but sadly, I fell for this one, their Mitre Box Guides. I'm not sure why I got them. A homemade mitre box is a simple contraption that only requires the ability to cut a straight line in order to set up. I guess I thought that these tiny guides would some how magically enable me to cut a straighter line, or provide some sort of profound extra support to the saw. The reality is that the guides do neither; you still have to be able to cut a straight, square line in setting up the mitre box, the guides provide very little actual guide or support to the sawblade.

So, my advice is use the $20 for these guides on a case of beer instead; that way you're at least getting something useful for your $20.