Thanks Rex!! They are and I agree, the remote would be great, but..... in this case, I do want the fashion AND function.Looks great Darren! VFDs are magical devices. A big part of that is learning the programming and using all the various remote switching options.
Some models have remote control pads available, which helps to unclutter the machine. I mounted my most recent VFD inside a rear compartment of my Logan lathe. Teco doesn't offer that for the Teco, and if they did it would not look Vintage. I like your solution a lot.
Enclosure is on the list. I've various solutions that look period correct. Here's one example. Image courtesy of Vintage Machinery.org.Looks great!
A foot or two of Greenfield would work to protect the wiring. Probably no need for Sealtight conduit. VFD would be happier and have a longer life if installed in an enclosure.
However, I'm wanting something a bit more stylish... This is about the only image I can find of a Wade 8a with oak cabinet and a cover on the left side. This cover includes some louvers and has a nice period correct/art deco feel that I would LOVE to replicate.... I wish I could find a better image.