Very good, sir.
My old clamps were just too large for my workbench and kept poking me in the ribs where they hung off. So i had to pick up some smaller new ones. I only got two because the splits in the wood only came in about three inches in from the side. I kept a good watch for any leveraged movement towards the center caused from clamping the ends, and was happy to see that the splits didn't lengthen from that counterforce. I had a plan for it if it had occurred.
I take it you'll be using a wiping stain, so whatever brown tone suits you. I wouldn't do black, but that's just me. If you know anyone that has spray equipment, I'd recommend a dye mixed with the lacquer. That will result in a very even color tone with excellent transparency.
If i stay with the original format, mostly fabric sides with the strips of walnut... any suggestions on stain color for wood? Original walnut, something warmer, or black stain?