From one Fred to another Fred .... Greetings. After sanding with all the necessary grits of paper I move up to using a CA finish combined with Mylands Friction Polish, "shaken and not stirred." I first wipe on the CA with maybe three coats total. Then I sand using 0000 steel wool. Clean all the white dust off (residual CA). Then I buff with MM up 12000. Then I apply the Mylands Friction. All I can say is the finish is deep and hard and I like it as it looks like glass. Try it out! BTW, these bowls are not used for foods. 
Andrew, I am presently turning a 10" Spalted Maple bowl on commission of a customer. She drew it out and I am turning it for her. I think the smallest bowl I have turned lately in 25 years or so is about 4 inches wide and 18 inches deep. It was turned from a shaft of Cocobolo about 20-24 years ago. It did not however have the Myland and/or CA applied as it was kinda before their time.
And I buy the CA in 16 ounce bottles ll the time and keep them refrigerated until I use it. Then it's back to the refrigerator.
If you can get a pen made you don't "suck" as you say. I am sure that with each one you make it gets better, easier, and a bit more interesting. As I turn a lot of spalted woods I must make use of the CA as a problem solver. So far it has worked magic many, many times on woods that most folks would ever dream of turning. For what it would cost to send some of my wood to a stabilizer out west, I can turn around and buy several bottles of CA from an IAP member.
The advent of stabilization has given the turners of today a much needed bit of breathing room. Expensive - yes! Worth the expense - Definitely in my opinion!