Making a kilometer blurry
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You can make an excellent axle vise (that will allow QR in place, depending on your vise) for about $0.15.
Just buy a nut from the hardware store that fits your axle. Cut through one of the flats with a hacksaw (kerf will be parallel to the axle direction. Spin it onto your axle, then clamp it in your vice so that the kerfed flat is not against one of the jaws. The kerf will allow the nut to compress around the threads.
Alternatively, it's a little cleaner to cut one of the corners of the nut, as it's easier to get that between the jaws in use.
If your vise jaws are taller than the axle vise, then they will hit the QR nut. So, you can grind an old QR nut to fit next to the axle vise without interfering with the vise.... or you could just buy a 2nd nut at the hardware store to fit your skewer, which may bring the total cost to about $0.25.
I need to take photos of this sometime.