I made one of those tables at a woodworking school. The instructor
strongly suggested making the base from 2 halves with the grain
running along the lenght of each half thereby the grain appearing to
run diagonally when the table is finished. The original plan had the
leg grain running horz.
The deep mortise runs all the way through the curved leg base.
If you wish I can send you a photo.
I Like your grain running vertically though.
Perhaps it depends on the wood type you choose. Mine was made from
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