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Tap and Die Question


New Member
I am putting in a 1/4-20 tap into 1/2" acrylic that is 3/8" deep. I've tried using a cone shaped tap and it's got too much of a taper on it, so after research apparently I need a bottoming tap.

Amazon carries a set of 3 taps, one of which is bottoming, but I don't think I need the other two since they taper. I found a single one on Grainger, just the flat bottoming one, so I really don't need the taper ones correct? I don't think they work with 1/2"



Joe House

Sign Equipment Technician
You should be able to find a 1/4-20 bottoming tap at your local Ace or True Value store. It's a pretty common size. Sometimes it's easier to just go put eyes on the thing. Also, you may need to start it with the normal tapered tap just to get some light threads started.


It's better to have two hands than one glove.
Why a bottom hole? Why not a through hole, far simpler to tap. A bottoming tap is a b1tch to start, usually you start with a tapered tap and then finish with a bottoming tap.


New Member
I can't do a through hole, it's separate letters and a routed graphic and all, like 30 pieces. All local stores only have taper, so I ordered a bottom one on Amazon


New Member
Take A tapered tap also known as a gun tap and take to belt sander. Lightly grinding away the tapered tip do not burn use water to cool at intervals. Now you have a bottoming tap that will actually tap threads all the way to the bottom. Always use a tapered tap first and bottoming tap second to assure your threads are straight.