Step 1: Rule #1: Get your roommates to do all of the hard work
The long pieces are hung at the ends with sheet-metal braces.
Step 2: Rule #2 Use 4x4's for vertical supports
Step 3: Detail of the 2x8 ends, bolting to the 4x4's
Step 4: Rule #3: Always wear eye protection when using a skil-saw in precarious situations
also, see the other picture for my best Megaman end-level boss impersonation.. It's SAWMAN!