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    DIY Tack Trunk-How to Modify a Rolling Tool Box

    After hauling my riding gear around for a while, I decided it was time to get organized! Although absolutely beautiful, a traditional wood tack trunk just isn’t practical for me right now. I needed something more portable, since I transport my things from my car to the barn frequently. I also needed something lightweight and easy to take to shows. I decided to go with a DIY tack trunk. I did quite a bit of research, as well as learning from barn friends, to figure out what would work for me. I was able to combine the best of what I learned to modify a rolling tool box for my equestrian gear and I’m happy to share with you!

    DIY Tack Trunk

    Rolling Tool Boxes

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    I decided the foundation for my DIY tack trunk would be a rolling tool box. I’ve seen a lot of these at barns and shows and they really seem to function well for equestrians. In addition to being durable and easy to clean, they are a lot lighter than wooden tack trunks. The wheels and handles make them so practical for hauling around! There are lots of styles and sizes to choose from and I looked at quite a few before narrowing it down to three to compare.

    Dewalt Tough Chest

    The Dewalt Tough Chest is the largest of the three rolling toolboxes I compared. It’s 38 inches and has 63 Gallon capacity. Despite it’s large size, it was still fairly light weight and easy to maneuver around with the handle and wheels. If you need something you can fit a saddle in, along with a bucket and various other tack and grooming supplies, this would definitely be big enough. I decided it was a bit larger than what I really needed since I don’t need to put a saddle inside. It also would take up more space in my car than I wanted so I decided to keep looking.

    Husky Rolling Tool Box

    I knew I needed to check out the Husky Rolling Tool Box because I’ve seen so many of these at barns and shows! It was not quite a large as the Dewalt, but still has an impressive 50 gallon capacity. It also comes with a large tote tray which makes a perfect compartment for brushes and grooming supplies. Depending on the size of your saddle, I do think you could fit one inside as well. This ended up being my second choice, mainly because I found something that checked off even more boxes for me.

    Craftsman Wheeled Tool Box

    While the Craftsman Wheeled Tool Box is the smallest of the three I was considering, I found that it’s 24 gallon capacity was plenty of room for what I needed. It’s the perfect size to hold all of my things and it takes up less space in the back of my vehicle. In addition to having a tote tray, it also comes with an adjustable plastic tool compartment. I also liked the fact that the Craftsman logo on this tool box was applied with a sticker, instead of being embossed into the plastic. This made it easier for me to modify the tool box to my liking with some modifications!

    Modifications to the Rolling Tool Box

    I decided to go with the Craftsman as my foundation and I had a few DIY modifications in mind. The first thing I did was remove the label on the top. This gave me the perfect area to personalize the box with my name. (I used letter stickers from Hobby Lobby.) They have held up pretty well so far, but if they ever need to be replaced, that will be simple to do. Having my name on the box makes it easier to find mine with all of the similar tack trunks out there!

    The next thing I added was a mesh pocket on the inside of the lid. I used the kind of mesh pocket that is designed to fit in the space between two front car seats. I stretched the elastic straps around the edges of the lid and attached the clips to the metal bars on the outside top of the lid. It doesn’t interfere with the lid closing, and it adds a bit more storage for small items inside.

    I also added a small battery operated puck light to the inside of the trunk. This has come in handy on numerous occasions when I’m working from the back of my car. Since the trunk is fairly deep, it’s great to have a little light to help me see everything inside!

    When I saw this little cupholder, I knew it would be perfect to add to my tack trunk! It’s completely removable and just hangs off the side of the trunk. It’s flat enough to allow the trunk to close. When I’m done with it, I just store it inside!

    The last thing I added was a small storage container. I like how this container is thin and flat, so it can stand up vertically to save space inside the trunk. The handle on top makes it very easy to reach. It came with several removable compartments inside, which I reconfigured and re-purposed to use with the tote tray. This has worked really well to keep my smaller items more organized!

    So far, I’ve been very happy with how my DIY tack trunk turned out! I’ve been able to fit a ton of stuff inside while keeping everything accessible and ready to go. For a peek at what’s inside my tack trunk, check out this postWhat’s Inside My Tack Trunk.”