Hello, and welcome to the Crane Designs website! To help you understand what I’m all about here, I have created the official Crane Designs FAQ:

Who are you?

My name is Alex Crane. I was born in Coquille, Oregon and upon adulthood moved to Boise, Idaho. I live here with my wife, dog, and two kids. I am currently attending Boise State University and finishing up my degree in Mechanical Engineering. We are very active in our church and think Jesus is just alright.

If I am not tinkering with CNC’s or playing my guitar you will find me under the hood of a classic car, riding my motorcycle, or sighting in a new rifle at the range. I am a firearms enthusiast, and enjoy collecting military surplus rifles.


What is Crane Designs?

Crane Designs is simply one guy with a shop doing what he loves to do. Well, that’s how it started, at least. As a man with many expensive hobbies, and a fully equipped workshop, it became apparent that my play time needed to pay for itself. I continue to find new innovations and tricks of the trade, and sell my work to fund the next big idea. Mostly now we just fund diapers until I graduate and find a “real job.”

What all do you do?

I am very passionate about CNC. I built my first CNC during the summer of 2010, which grew and evolved until I nearly wore it out. My current workhorse is a 3’x6′ custom build which weights nearly a ton and is heavy duty enough for full guitar production.

Aside from guitars, I also cut signs and machine parts for CNC’s. My cutting capabilities are currently wood, plastic, and light aluminum. I have my eyes on a VMC, and hope to add that to my shop in the near future. I have a fascination with CAD and Solidworks, and find that design is my favorite part of engineering. Hence, Crane Designs.

I take pride in my work, and would love to help you with your custom project!

What is it with you and Chuck Norris?

Honestly I have no clue. The dude is awesome. When Chuck Norris was born, the only one to cry was the doctor. Never slap Chuck Norris. The beard is legendary. What greater human could I possibly obsess over?

What are your future plans?

I really want to get into firearms manufacturing.