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I wood think that an 8 year old would be able to handle some dovetail and backsaws, coping saws, handcrank drills, fret saws and such. A scroll saw would be nice. Build the workbench with the right size vice. I think it's best just to improvise on this sort of thing. You can build a lot of fun things with a few basic tools. Even a child of eight can become a Lumberjock I would imagine. When I was that age I built some bird houses and the birds actually moved in. Hey, I built a squirrel trap and caught a squirrel. Kids pretty much know how to have fun and learn things with most anything - of course some things need to be supervised. Go ahead and get her those tools - children just love to be creative - it'll teach 'em all kinds of things that are worth while in life.
 
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