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Replacing Removable table legs

Good morning! I have a dining table we got on clearance that has stood up well close to a year but recently one of the legs took too much strain and broke at the glued brace. Picture included. As you can see. Whomever assembled the table used screws barely long enough to even penetrate out of the brace. Honestly I'm surprised the joints have lasted this long. I'm thinking of replacing all the legs and I'm looking for recommendations for a wood that would be easy to color match to the pine benches the I recently made. Also pictured. I used dimensional lumber from homedepot for the benches and I'm not sure if I should do the same for the replacement legs. I simply used a minwax gel stain and multiple coats of wipe on poly for the finish. Also, any recommendations for a wood that would stain with a close to match the pine? Or does it matter much with the gel stain I used?
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I'm also thinking of squaring the skirt up at each end to add a square leg instead. Included some photos of one of the intact legs and bracing for context.
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From what you wrote and the pictures I understand that the legs are not broken. They(one and probably more in the future) have just come look.

Why go to all of the work to replace and try to duplicate color? I would redo where they are fastened with a better joint(s). Longer screws and better glue job may be all it needs.

Do not try to take something simple and make it complicated.

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From what you wrote and the pictures I understand that the legs are not broken. They(one and probably more in the future) have just come look.

Why go to all of the work to replace and try to duplicate color? I would redo where they are fastened with a better joint(s). Longer screws and better glue job may be all it needs.

Do not try to take something simple and make it complicated.

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Agree, looks like the screws were just too short to begin with, and the glue did not hold the end grain.

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With our laminate floors it just puts constant strain on the joints since the legs are angled out. I could simply reattach them with longer screws and glue but a straight leg would eliminate the strain all together. Since the brace is gluing end grain to long grain the glue has come loose on more than one leg. Do you think the longer screws would be enough? Or do you have recommendations on how to reinforce the brace?
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You could put a couple wooden dowels into each end of the brace to give a bit more support, along with longer screws. Going by the photo part of the problem looks to be the design of the legs, the apron is not braced against the edge of them so the diagonal part would act as a clamp to hold them secure.

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Meant to add this sketch:
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Meant to add this sketch:
It's an odd design. I've added a quick sketch as well. The skirt is angled toward the leg so all of the weight is rendered pretty much directly to the brace since the legs are flared and have a tendency to try to slide out from under the table on my laminate flooring. We have it on rubber skid pads for now but I hate them and they only slow the sliding.
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Perhaps letting the legs slide rather than gripping the floor may take some stress off them once you get the brace anchored solidly.

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