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Mahoney Bottom Feeder

$ 109.99

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  • Overview
  • How This Tool Is Built
  • Priority Shipping. Free Returns.


This aptly named gouge sports a traditional, blunt grind profile. It excels at handling end-grain fiber, and other difficult grains. Mike uses his bottom feeder on the interior bottom of a bowl to provide a smooth finish. 

What makes a 5-star bottom feeder?

  • 5/8” parabolic bowl gouge 
  • Shipped sharp with the grind found at Mahoney’s lathe (easily duplicated using a Wolverine jig) 
  • Double bevel reduces catches and unwanted marks on the cutting surface
  • Superior M42 high speed steel with a 10% cobalt content, for unparalleled edge holding 
  • M42 HSS' unique durability and razor edge mean less grinding and cleaner cuts
  • Unmatched flute polish boosts the razor edge and provides efficient chip flow
  • Put comfort and control first with an interchangeable aluminum handle
  • Handcrafted in the USA, and backed by a lifetime guarantee and hassle-free returns

The Specs

  • Parabolic flute, traditional grind at 50º
  • Blade measures 5/8” outside diameter x 13” overall
  • 5/8” tang diameter
  • 16” or 20" x 3/4” handle & 5/8” adapter

    How This Tool Is Built

    We start with the sharpest edge, and we don't stop there. Vanquish vibration, say adios to constant resharpening, and let wispy shavings fly. Delivering superior performance at your lathe drives our manufacturing. 

    We’ve worked with M42 high speed steel for 4 decades, and it’s uniquely suited to woodturning. You’ll grind less - a cobalt additive provides unparalleled edge holding. And the steel produces a finer, sharper edge for clean cuts. M42 is a win-win: less grinding and smoother cuts. 

    Our carefully sourced M42 starts as solid stock and is precision machined (not formed) with a unique round tang for unmatched strength. Every gouge sports a distinctive flute polish. This boosts the razor edge and provides efficient chip flow. Learn more about M42 HSS here.

    Rigorous and detailed sums up our manufacturing. Each tool’s vibration-demolishing round tang has a diameter so precise you’ll hear a ‘pop’ when you pull it out of the handle. And every tool leaves our factory razor sharp and backed by a 100% lifetime guarantee. Built to last!

    Rest assured our aluminum handles feel as great as they look. Perfectly weighted for balance and maneuverability, and designed to fit your hand. You’ll forget the handle is even there, in the best way possible. Two set screws secure your tool into the handle and allow removal for sharpening.

    From flute polish to handle knurling, we’re not cutting corners. Whether you’re just starting out, or have been turning for decades, it’s an honor to serve you with quality tools. Learn more about our story here

    Priority Shipping. Free Returns.

    Priority Shipping means your tool will arrive at your lathe shortly! Once your tool has undergone our rigorous manufacturing process, we ship via priority mail for speedy delivery to your lathe. 

    United States  Over $275 FREE Priority Shipping
    United States  Under $275 $9.95 Priority Shipping 
    Canada and International  Calculated during checkout


    Returns are hassle free. Give us a call or send us an email and we'll provide you with a return mailing label and complete refund.  

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 55 reviews
    Bill Lind
    Sweptback grind on bottom feeder?

    Wanted a sweptback (Ellsworth) grind on a parabolic gouge. So I bought the Mahoney 5/8” parabolic bottom feeder and reground it to 60* sweptback. Now I have the grind I want on the Carter & Son steel I love! What’s not to love?

    Learning curve

    I like every thing about the gouge and handle. I just haven’t been able to master the technique. So I must continue practicing.

    Tom Brown
    Mahoney bottom feeder

    This tool is new to me and I believe it will solve the issues I have getting a clean cut on the bottom of the bowl. I have only used it twice but I am satisfied with its performance. The only thing I wish I had done different was ordered them with 12 inch handles instead of 16. I only have a midsize lathe so I sometimes have to remove the end stock to use them. I really enjoy them so far

    Mike Hamilton
    Bottom Feeder

    Spent the last couple of days working on a cherry urn. I had cut the urn in half and hollowed out each half. The bottom feeder bowl gouge worked great in dealing w/ the dry cherry end grain. The gouge was ready to use right out of the box & the aluminum handle feels great.
    Well done, I recommend to anyone to give try.
    Mike Hamilton

    Thomas Erhart
    Upgrade previous review

    I picked up this Mahoney Bottom Feeder several weeks ago. I honestly couldn't tell whether I liked it because I was having so much trouble with catches; and I was almost certain that the problem was my inexperience with a 60 degree bevel. I gave it a three star review at the time simply because I wasn't sure. A few days later Paul Carter sent me some links to several videos. After watching them and getting some practice in, I finally got the hang of using this tool and now I couldn't be happier about buying it. I like deep bowls. I've always had trouble with the bottom interior. Mike's bottom feeder makes a huge difference in how smooth and level they are now. I almost never cuss any more. Thanks to C&S for all the high quality tools, thanks to Paul for the extra help, and thanks to Mike for the design.

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