I used a table saw. It was kind of tricky. I started off with four pieces cut at the hardware store. So neither end was square/level. I had to get one side of the PVC nice and level. Then I could butt that end up against the fence and cut the other end level pretty easily.
It would probably work best if you bought a long PVC tube from the hardware store and then used the factory end (which is hopefully pretty square/level. Butt that end against the fence and cut your lengths from there.
one more question for you-by the way they look real nice. What did you use for paint? did you brush or spray it on and did you sand the pvc before painting it? I only ask because I am looking to build some speaker stands for my surrounds using red oak for the whole thing- but the PVC way seems interesting. Tim
I used a brush because I got a lot more paint for the money. but either option would work. Some people over at the DIY section have used spray. I have also seen some people who used a laminate on the PVC to make it look like wood.
I used sandpaper on the PVC, just enough to get the shiney finish off the pipe.
I used cheap soft wood and PVC with the cheapest gloss black spray at Wally World and they turned out surprisingly great! I filled them with playground sand - added spikes and I'm all set. You wouldn't believe the total $ in these.