I recently purchased new ear buds for my commute; my old pair had seen better days. The brand I purchased is notorious for good sound quality but fragile wire. I’ve owned ear buds from this company and the wires eventually lost continuity at the connection near the plug and buds.
To help reduce the abuse of the vulnerable wires I made this spool from walnut wood to protect the ear buds. The ear buds are placed in the center of the spool, the wire is gently wound around the spool and the plug is tucked between the wall of the spool and the wire. I may improve the design at some point, but for now I’m pleased.