The Crown Plane Company was founded in 1976 by Leon E. Robbins of Bath, Maine. He was an experienced woodworker, toolmaker, and a collector and dealer in antique tools for many years, which eventually led him to making traditional wooden planes. Over the years Robbins established a reputation for careful workmanship and the ability to design and make traditional tools that performed well. Robbins also made a line of specialty planes including chairmaking, panel raising, molding, and rule joint planes. Many of these planes were sold directly through major tool retailers.
In early 1999, Robbins decided to gradually reduce his workload and sell his business to Jim White and his son Jim, Jr. The Whites are experienced woodworkers and machinists who were introduced to Robbins by Mike Dunbar, the well-known Windsor chairmaker, after White had taken a number of Dunbar’s classes. Robbins remained on board as a consultant until his passing in 2007.
The Whites have since relocated the business to South Portland, Maine, just down the road from Bath, and their current efforts are directed towards increasing production while maintaining the high quality that their customers expect. Crown planes are proudly handmade in the USA, one at a time, and much of the wood used is harvested locally. All blades are hand-ground from A-2 tool steel hardened to RC 60-62 and individually fitted to each plane