Yeah, a table would be great, but the beams take less storage space. I can't speak for @gee-dub's situation when he started using them, but my entire shop has to fit inside a 12x16 room. Every cubic inch matters.
I bought a couple of CMT ts blades sold by Katz-Moses and used the 24t rip blade today with great results. I have not used the General Purpose 40t blade yet but I can’t believe it won’t give just as good of a cut. I think this will be my go to blade from now on. If I find otherwise, I will report in.
I was planning on doing bent lamination of 1/8" or 1/16" walnut boards, but now I'm leaning away from doing the curve at all. I love the look of it, but it makes the accessories I want to build for it much much harder to install. Lighting channels along the bottom of the vault, for instance, normally use recessed straight aluminum channels to mount the LED strip and diffuser on, which I wouldn't be able to use with a curve. I'd also have problems adding on a 'gamemaster station' at the end since it would have to be cut to fit the shape of the curve. Much more difficult than making a rectangular shelf with an end cap.
Aside from those issues, I don't feel like I have enough experience under my belt to make all these parts uniform. The last thing I'd want is to check the curve of my pieces and realize they don't match after spending all the time required to do the glue up.