ok, earlier i said i am new to turning and just set up my nova1624 lathe. that went well and the engineer in me has to appreciate the clever foot design on this lathe. can accomodate uneven concrete surface by swiveling and adjusting up and down....and, there are rubber inserts isolating the cups in the feet from the legs. shown upside down before assembling this last one:
the rubber insert is lying next to the conical threaded shaft with the foot in the rear and an assembled leg is to the rear of that leg.
but on to my question...i have a few lidded boxes underway and have been coring the end grain with my bowl gouge. that's ok but am aware of other means and am asking for the best option. the termite seems dedicated to this task...then the monster system is attractive as it could also be used for hollow forms. how about some advice so i don't have to learn by buying the wrong stuff??? and thanks to all the experienced turners that make this site so interesting.